Join us in Welcoming our New Department Chair, Dr. Tong Qiu

After an extensive national search, Dr. Tong Qiu has accepted our offer to lead as our department chair, beginning July 1. An ASCE Fellow, Dr. Qiu is currently a professor of Civil Engineering at Penn State University where he has risen through the ranks since 2010.

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Welcome, Dr. Qiu!

The Spring 2024 CvEEN Newsletter is Out Now

From improving Utah's infrastructure to a spotlight on our Construction Engineering program, get up to date on what our faculty and students have been up to this past semester.

Recent News

Dr. Hong's Research, Recently Featured in @theU, is at the Forefront of New Nanobubble Technology

Dr. Hong and his team at the University of Utah are pioneering a novel, energy-efficient process for creating nanobubbles. This process, developed in the Meldrum Civil Engineering building, has numerous promising applications.

In collaboration with Dr. Lewis and Dr. Fleming of the University of Utah Health Sciences and fellow Environmental Engineering professor Dr. Jennifer Weidhaas, Dr. Hong has a patent pending for this new and innovative energy-efficient process.

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Dr. Glenn Sjoden Joins the Elite Ranks of UtahAES

In late June, Nuclear Engineering Professor Dr. Glenn Sjoden was inducted into the Utah Academy of Engineering and Science (UtahAES). This prestigious honor recognizes Dr. Sjoden’s outstanding contributions to the field of nuclear engineering and its broader applications to engineering and science for the betterment of Utah.

Dr. Sjoden received this honor for his groundbreaking contributions in nuclear treaty monitoring, industrial processes, and academic research leadership.

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The Utah Asphalt Paving Association recently hosted the 2024 Utah Asphalt Conference. Recognized as the premier asphalt-related event in the state, the conference brought together the industry’s best minds, including Dr. Pedro Romero, who was honored with the prestigious Friend of the Industry Award.

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Dr. Cathy Liu has been honored with the Mountain District ITE Outstanding Educator Award. The annual award acknowledges educators who go above and beyond for their students. Dr. Liu’s passion for transportation education and her dedication to her students has earned her this recognition.

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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 viability of commercial CO2 storage in Utah’s Uinta Basin.

Granted in large part by the Department of Energy, to project will support an extensive range of activities, including high-resolution societal analysis, geological characterization, technical assessments, economic evaluations, and environmental analyses.

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The program will address critical challenges in the transition to a clean and sustainable electric power sector, particularly focusing on the integration of electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy sources into the existing power grid. The move comes as the nation grapples with the need for sustainable solutions to combat climate change and, importantly to Utah, improve air quality.

Dr. Cathy Liu at the UofU (program director) and Dr. Regan Zane (program co-director) at USU will be leading the effort.

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