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Balancing Academics, Athletics, and Environmental Advocacy

Chloe Kockler: Remarkable Student-Athlete and Engineering major Have you ever wondered what it’s like to balance a demanding engineering major with a student-athlete lifestyle and still find time for passions outside of academics? Meet Chloe Kockler: a remarkable student-athlete and a Civil and Environmental Engineering major at the U. As a fifth-year student, Chloe is […]


Searching for a Sustainable Future

Empowering Geoscience and Engineering Education for the Energy Transition. Dr. Rasoul Sorkhabi, a CvEEN Research Professor, and Milind Deo, a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Energy & Geoscience Institute, are pioneering a transformative approach to geoscience and geoengineering education. Their work, recently featured in the prestigious “Issues in Science and Technology” magazine […]


Understanding Studtite:

Nicholas Kurtyka’s Award-Winning Research in Nuclear Engineering Nicholas Kurtyka, a Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering candidate at the U, has been honored with the prestigious U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award. The esteemed award recognizes Nicholas’s SCGSR research proposal, titled “A Mechanistic Study of the Thermal Decomposition of Studtite and […]


U of U Professor Enhancing Earthquake Infrastructure Resilience

The Next Generation Liquefaction (NGL) Project Dr. Steven Bartlett, funded by a pool-fund USDOT project, the Mountain Plains Consortium, and the Utah Department of Transportation, is one of the Lead Investigators researching earthquake-related infrastructure protection. Specifically, the project focuses on liquefaction, a perilous event where water-saturated soil momentarily loses its strength and rigidity due to […]


Student Spotlight: Senior Scholar-Athlete Joey Boylston

Joey Boylston Balances Engineering Excellence and Athletic Grit After excelling in his high school STEM classes and realizing his childhood love for Lego building could translate into a career, Joey Boylston decided to trade his coastal town of Charleston, South Carolina for the towering Wasatch Front to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering at The […]


Shaping a Safer Environment:

Over $10 Million from Department of Energy to Support Reducing CO2 Emissions in Uinta Basin Dr. Ting Xiao and Dr. Brian McPherson are currently engaged in a comprehensive project focused on carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) hubs. Their work is part of the CarbonSAFE II: Storage Complex Feasibility initiative, which aims to determine the […]


Advancing the Nuclear Forensics Community:

+$1.3 Million in Nuclear Forensics Research Awarded to Dr. McDonald by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Dr. Luther McDonald‘s research has received the 2023 Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction: Nuclear Forensics Research Award (NFRA), with a budget of $1,395,000 to support 36-months of laboratory experiments and student development. For decades, the nuclear forensic community has […]


Honoring Alan W. Layton

The Legacy of the Layton Engineering Building By now you’ve probably heard the previously known HEDCO Building has been rebranded as the Layton Engineering Building (LEB) as part of a $5.3m renovation project, giving engineering students cutting-edge new labs. You can read more about the renovation here, but today we’d like to talk about the […]


Meet Our Faculty: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage and Engineering Excellence at the U

National Hispanic Heritage Month, recognized from September 15 through October 15, celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CvEEN) is proud of its diverse and inclusive environment, fostered in part by our Hispanic […]


Guiding Success: Outstanding Advisor Courtney Phillips

(Pictured above: Dean Brown presents Courtney’s Outstanding Staff Award.) Graduate advisor Courtney Phillips was honored with the PCE Outstanding Staff Award at the college-wide Fall Faculty and Staff Meeting just before the start of classes. As the Graduate Academic Advisor for all Civil, Environmental, and Nuclear Engineering students at the University, she plays the pivotal […]