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Creating a Healthier World Through Pioneering Environmental Engineering Research

August 21, 2023

Professor Danmeng Shuai’s pioneering research won him a Frontier Research Award from the Association of Chinese American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science!

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Race-Conscious Admissions

June 29, 2023

Diversity of our student body remains a core value of the George Washington University and its School of Engineering & Applied Science (GW Engineering).

Development of Electrospun Nanofibrous Air Filters for Controlling the Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2

May 15, 2023

Professor Danmeng Shuai collaborated with Professor Yun Shen and developed electrospun nanofibrous membranes with a reduced fiber diameter and pore size to effectively capture coronavirus aerosols.

Ph.D. Student Lingchen Kong Scores First Place at GSEA D.C. and 2023 New Venture Competition

April 25, 2023

Ph.D. student Lingchen Kong continues to make amazing progress on his start-up company, Ellexco! Read to learn how Kong has excelled in multiple competitions as he works towards his goal of making lithium extraction more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

Ph.D. Student Lingchen Kong and Professor Xitong Liu Win Funding at the 2023 New Venture Competition

April 19, 2023

The pair took home two top honors totaling $20,000 at the 2023 New Venture Competition awards ceremony at Jack Morton Auditorium. 

Roadway User Behavior Modeling in a Smart City Environment

April 14, 2023

Professor Samer Hamder is taking an approach that bridges the gap between human decision-making and wireless communications to help reduce the number of roadway collisions each year.

Liquefaction Experiments and Analysis Projects (LEAP)

March 13, 2023

Professor Majid Manzari is leading an international research collaboration among three universities in the U.S. and 8 universities and research centers in the U.K.

Nanomaterial Boosts Potency of Coronavirus Disinfectants

Enhanced disinfectant is two-to-four times more effective in neutralizing pathogen threat
February 22, 2023

A research team led by the George Washington University has engineered a new nanomaterial that can boost the potency of common disinfectants.

Dr. Tianshu Li taking the lead at GW for a newly funded Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC)

September 20, 2022

GWU will partner with 9 other institutions to discover the fundamental scientific principles underlying the control of atomic ordering in semiconductor alloys.

Prof. Xitong Liu receives the Inaugural ACS ES&T Engineering Best Paper Award

September 13, 2022

Dr. Liu's paper "Cost Comparison of Capacitive Deionization and Reverse Osmosis for Brackish Water Desalination" is one of this year's recipients.

ASCE GW Student Chapter Participate at Mid-Atlantic West ASCE Student Symposium

April 14, 2022

The GW environmental team won first place in the Environmental Contest and the GW steel bridge team won second place in bridge aesthetics.

GW Transportation Program participates in $7m Department of Transportation grant

December 9, 2021

Working with a team led by Texas A&M University, the GW Transportation Program will study "Automated Vehicles for All."

Dr. Shuai’s study calls for urgent attention to public health concerns of emerging pathogen

December 8, 2021

The study finds that vesicle-cloaked norovirus clusters are persistent under environmental stresses and are resistant to ultraviolet disinfection.

Meet GW Monumental Alumnus, Sidney Dewberry

December 7, 2021

Mr. Dewberrry, B.S. ’51, is an engineering executive. Learn more about his Monumental Achievement.

Dr. Liu’s team advances to semi-finals of DOE Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize competition

November 9, 2021

Dr. Xitong Liu and his Ph.D. student Lingchen Kong are leading a GW team to participate in the US Department of Energy’s Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize

Dr. Li receives NSF grant to model crystal nucleation under realistic conditions

October 5, 2021

Dr. Tianshu Li and his collaborator at UC Davis have received a three-year, $639,105 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for the project “An integrated computational suite for large-scale modeling of crystal nucleation.”

Dr. Shuai receives NIH grant to study the disinfection paradigm for emerging pathogen

October 5, 2021

Dr. Danmeng Shuai has received a two-year, $489,586 R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Drs. Silva, Hamdar and Badie will use FHWA grant to develop guidelines to enhance bridge safety

October 4, 2021

Dr. Pedro Silva and project co-investigators, Dr. Samer Hamdar and Dr. Sameh Badie, have received a three-year, $299,195 grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

Dr. Farhadi receives NASA grant to study evapotranspiration and recharge fluxes

October 3, 2021

Dr. Leila Farhadi has received a one-year, $99,000 NASA grant for the project "Coupled Estimation of Evapotranspiration and Recharge from Remotely Sensed Land Surface Moisture and Temperature."

Dr. Xu receives 2021 HKSTS Outstanding Dissertation Award

September 14, 2021

Dr. Zhengtian Xu has received the 2021 Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies (HKSTS) Outstanding Dissertation Award cum Gordon Newell Memorial Prize for his dissertation.

GW Transportation Program participates in $7m Department of Transportation grant

May 25, 2021

Working with a team led by Texas A&M University, the GW Transportation Program will study "Automated Vehicles for All."

Graduating senior Zachary Stecher recounts his favorite GW memory for GW Today

May 12, 2021

GW Today asked selected graduating seniors across the university to share their favorite GW memories with the rest of the GW community. 

Dr. Shuai’s study calls for urgent attention to public health concerns of emerging pathogen

April 21, 2021

The study finds that vesicle-cloaked norovirus clusters are persistent under environmental stresses and are resistant to ultraviolet disinfection.

Dr. Hamdar featured in GW Magazine’s article “Forecast”

April 21, 2021

Dr. Samer Hamdar is featured in GW Magazine’s article “Forecast".

GW Monumental Alumnus: Sidney Oliver Dewberry

April 2, 2021

Mr. Dewberrry, B.S. ’51, is an engineering executive. Learn more about his Monumental Achievement.

Dr. Hamdar receives funding to develop AI systems to help people with health problems drive safely

February 20, 2021

Dr. Hamdar's team will create high quality image and video datasets using driving simulators, and then train and test advanced AI systems to predict and detect driver fatigue, seizure, stroke, or cardiac arrest, all of which can contribute to traffic accidents.

Dr. Li’s study shows that prevailing view of GeSn alloy is not accurate

December 18, 2020

This first-of-its-kind study unravels some of the puzzling material properties of GeSn alloy, a key material that represents a disruptive technology for mid-infrared technology.

Dr. Riffat receives EPA STAR grant

August 19, 2020

Dr. Rumana Riffat and a team of researchers from academia and Water Resource Recovery Facilities have received a three-year, $999,670 grant from the EPA STAR (Science to Achieve Results) program.

Dr. Shuai receives two grants from NSF’s Environmental Engineering Program

July 23, 2020

Dr. Danmeng Shuai is the principal investigator on two grants he recently received from the Environmental Engineering Program of National Science Foundation.

Dr. Shuai wins NSF RAPID grant for COVID-19-related research

May 9, 2020

Dr. Danmeng Shuai (CEE), along with Dr. Yun Shen (Environmental and Occupational Health), has received a one-year, $200,000 National Science Foundation RAPID grant to develop electrospun air filters for SARS-CoV-2 control.

Admitted Students: SEAS announces Flex-Start program

March 18, 2020

In Fall 2020, SEAS began to offer select admitted master’s degree students the ability to start their MS degree program online through our Flex-Start program. The program is ideal for admitted students who may be impacted by travel restrictions or visa delays.

Dr. Farhadi wins NSF CAREER Award

February 22, 2020

Dr. Leila Farhadi will use her CAREER award to study the links between the terrestrial water, energy, and carbon cycles that play a key role in Earth’s climate.

GW’s EWB chapter makes assessment trip in India

February 21, 2020

Students from GW’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders conducted a trip to Rajasthan, India, in January to assess a project it is working on in conjunction with the rural community of Bhutiya.

CEE winners of SEAS Student R&D Showcase

October 31, 2019

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) congratulates the CEE student and faculty mentor winners of the 2019 SEAS Student R&D Showcase.

Dr. Hamdar speaks to WUSA-CBS9 about the future of electric vehicles

October 17, 2019

WUSA-CBS9 quoted Dr. Samer Hamdar (CEE) in the October 6 article “Gas station ditches gas and goes electric; A sign of the future?’’

Dr. Riffat receives Water Research Foundation grant

September 26, 2019

Dr. Rumana Riffat has received a $147,161 award from Water Research Foundation for her research project “Partial denitrification/anammox as alternative pathway to achieve mainstream short-cut nitrogen removal.”

Dr. Xitong Liu joins CEE department

August 31, 2019

The CEE department welcomes Dr. Xitong Liu, who has joined us as an assistant professor.

CEE students receive ASCE chapter awards

April 23, 2019

The National Capital Section (NCS) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recognized four female CEE students at its annual ASCE NCS Awards Banquet, held March 19 in Arlington, VA.

Priyanka Ali wins 2019 GW Research Days competition awards

April 16, 2019

CEE graduate student Priyanka Ali won awards in two categories at the 2019 GW Research Days competition.

CEE alumnus Nick Paleologos visits SEH high bay

April 16, 2019

On Monday April 8, Nick Paleologos, a CEE alumnus and founder of Miller and Long DC Inc., visited the high bay facility at the Science and Engineering Hall.

Khaled AlFadl receives Award of Excellence from ACI’s National Capital Chapter

April 16, 2019

On April 9, CEE senior Khaled AlFadl received the Award of Excellence from the National Capital Chapter of the American Concrete Institute.

Dr. Li is a co-PI on a $7.5M DOD MURI grant

April 9, 2019

Dr. Tianshu Li is a co-PI of the DOD Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project titled “Understanding and Breaking the Material Barriers of SiGeSn Alloys for Infrared Devices.”

Dr. Silverstein speaks to WTOP-FM about GW team’s winning traffic app

March 19, 2019

CEE visiting assistant professor Dr. Claire Silverstein was quoted in the WTOP article "George Washington U. team wins DC funding for traffic app."

GW Transportation Program wins GigabitDCx Challenge

February 20, 2019

On February 12, GW’s Transportation Program won the first GigabitDCx Challenge after developing the framework for “Road Vision” (RV), a video traffic detection and information sharing app.

HTNB engineers visit CEE undergraduates

January 29, 2019

On January 25, a group of professional engineers from the bridge design group of HNTB (Chicago, IL and Washington, DC) gave a presentation to CEE students at the invitation of Dr. Majid Manzari and Dr. Sameh Badie.