Message From the Chair

We are excited to share with you the summer edition of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering e-newsletter. Our students and faculty continue to amaze us as they pursue the interdisciplinary research and knowledge needed to solve real-world problems. In this edition, we have highlighted just a few of their stories. I hope you enjoy reading them.

— John Dempsey, Professor/Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering

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A Concrete Vision

Vision is a Clarkson value. But having a vision of a sustainable future isn’t valued only at Clarkson. The American Society of Testing and Materials recently recognized Professor Robert Thomas as an Emerging Professional for his work in advancing concrete materials technology to promote sustainable infrastructure.

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Robert Thomas
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Exploring COVID-19 Transmission

As the global community scrambles to better understand the new coronavirus, researchers from Clarkson University and the Trudeau Institute have responded to a call from the NSF for proposals to investigate the spread of COVID-19. Led by Clarkson Professor Byron Erath, they will explore how the virus is transmitted through air dispelled during speech.

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Professor Shen Retires

After 44 years of teaching, Professor Hayley Shen is taking a well-deserved rest, retiring from Clarkson as professor emeritus. A Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineering Mechanics Institute, Shen contributed significantly to the fields of granular materials and wave-ice interaction.

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Hayley Shen
Lily Pettit

A Historic Scholarship

Lilia Pettit ’21 made Clarkson history as the first Golden Knight to receive a Udall Scholarship, which is awarded to sophomores and juniors committed to issues affecting Native Americans or the environment. An environmental and civil engineering major, Pettit has worked to raise awareness for environmental remediation, particularly in the ocean.

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