Civil and Environmental Engineering

School of Engineering

Department Highlights

Professor Chris Letchford along with students in his Intro to Structural Engineering class recently visited NYC and the George Washington Bridge.  The group was hosted by Hector Eugui ’96, the GWB Physical Plant Manager at Port Authority of NY & NJ.  Mr. Eugui will be the PANYNJ General Manager of the La Guardia Airport Terminal upgrade.  This $4 billion project is scheduled to break ground in the beginning of 2016.


A recent visit to the New NY Bridge site allowed Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute junior- and senior-year students to observe some of the engineering work — structural, geotechnical, transportation engineering, and environmental — they’re studying, especially now that most of its underwater work is completed.

“It was interesting to see what (how) what we learned is applied to real life design and construction — installing and designing piles (foundation or how mass transit needs evolve and change over time (transportation...


Student-athletes are charged with being leaders in all aspects of their lives. Once an athlete reaches the university level of play, they are often informed that part of their identity has been forfeited. When headlines are made it is no longer simply the name of the student that comes first, but rather the team that he or she plays on. Student-athletes are representing their university and team at all times.

Some prefer not to have this type of recognition, as the pressure to be a positive example every second of the day is quite overwhelming. On the other hand, there are student...


Holguín-Veras, the William H. Hart Professor at Rensselaer, was one of 12 individuals recognized for “exemplary leadership in developing or implementing transportation technology solutions to enhance performance, reduce congestion, improve safety, and facilitate communication across the transportation industry at the local, state, or national level.”

As part of the honor, Holguín-Veras visited the White House and participated in the two-day Transportation Technology Solutions for the 21st Century event. Additionally, the White House will soon feature a blog post by Holguín-Veras...


Wind Engineering class students toured the recently commissioned Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel in Burlington, VT. The facility has been developed by SOH Wind Engineering, a firm headquartered in Denmark. The tunnel is an interesting design with parallel 3m by 3m cross section 20m long sections for bluff body aerodynamics. Students were able to experience the wind and observe some calibration tests.


Professor Abdoun was nominated by the 2012-13 Chi Epsilon executive board members for the James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award. This award has been established to recognize dedication to teaching in the civil engineering profession or associate engineering fields and one recipient is selected in each district.


Dr Jeff (Xuegang) Ban of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department was awarded the Council of University Transportation Centers “New Faculty Award” for his outstanding contributions to teaching and research in the transportation field. The award was presented to Dr Ban at the awards banquet preceding the recent Transportation Research Board Meeting in Washington, DC.

Read More: http://cutc.tamu.edu/new_faculty.html


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY (CEE) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in transportation systems engineering. Candidates must have earned a PhD (or foreign degree equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, or closely related field. Prior research and teaching experience is a plus. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a high...


24 RPI 3rd year Civil Engineering students reconnected with alumni and historic bridges in New York City on November 5. The annual tour of the George Washington and the Brooklyn Bridges was once again blessed by good weather.

At the GWB Hector Eugui ’96 discussed his role as Maintenance Manager for the bridge that has over 330,000 daily vehicle movements. Students then toured the New Jersey cable anchorage and took the elevator to the top of the NJ Tower for spectacular Manhattan views. Then it was a diagonal dash across Manhattan to walk over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge built...


A team of students led by Dr. Gadhamshetty and Dr. Kilduff from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has received a prestigious P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) Award from the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) for 2012-2013. Several universities throughout the United States compete for this EPA-P3 award every year. The selection criteria of this award includes: novelty and innovation, connection to sustainability, and integration of competition as an educational tool.

The goal of the proposal submitted by Environmental Engineering team at RPI was to use microbial...


At the Structures Congress of ASCE held in Chicago in March, the Structural Engineering Institute honored its most eminent practitioners by making them Fellows of SEI. Among the inaugural Fellows with RPI connections were David Biggs '72 and Mike O’Rourke, Professor of Civil Engineering.


Until recently, the custom manufacture of equipment for laboratory or field experiments in soil science required appreciable know-how, and was extremely time-consuming. Technological advances in rapid prototyping and “3-D printing” in the last decade afford significant, and as yet untapped, opportunities to manufacture equipment in a very different way. In the present note, we demonstrate with two concrete examples that 3-D printing is not only a very effective and versatile technique to produce laboratory or field equipment. It also alleviates some of the restrictive technical constraints...


On Friday may 25th the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will be hosting their annual Commencement Dinner at the Holiday Inn Express in Latham. Below is an outline of the events. Should you have any questions please contact feel free to contact us.

When:Friday, May 25, 2012, 6:00 p.m. Group Photo at 6:30 p.m.

Where:Holiday Inn Express Suites 400 Old Loudon Road, Latham, NY

Contact: Tasha McDonough mcdont3@rpi.edu 518-276-6679


Approximately 80 students in Civil and Environmental Engineering presented their capstone design projects in a poster session on May 7 to the CEE Advisory Council and their mentors from local engineering firms. The projects centered around a development in East Greenbush that saw a traffic management plan, parking, development of 4 buildings including hotels, restaurants, recreation and community spaces as well as site management of water supply and storm water.


A high school student (Wendy Willner) sought the research expertise of CEE faculty (Dr.Gadhamshetty), towards her project in Briarcliff High School Science Research Program, and won United States Navy Award for Outstanding Projects in Engineering, Mathematics, and Technology in March 2012. Wendy developed a novel prototype of Microbial fuel cell (MFC) that demonstrated electricity production from food wastes (e.g. apple skin, orange skin, banana skin, and yogurt). Wendy participated in Westchester County Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF) that involved 300 participants representing a...


The Hogentogler Award is presented to the author(s) of an ASTM paper of outstanding merit on soil or rock. It recognizes meritorious effort and it is the most prestigious technical award given by Committee D18.

The award is based on the paper, “Calibration of Equipment Damping in a Resonant Column and Torsional Shear Testing Device”, appearing in the September 2010 edition of the ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal.

The award will be presented shortly after 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the Main Meeting of Committee D18 in San Diego, California. I encourage you to...


TROY — Nearly 300 kids packed into the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday for the Regional Future City Competition. Middle school kids from all over the Capital District built cities while incorporating this year’s theme of alternative energy.

Students were tasked with building a model city for the future with the help of their teacher coach and an engineer-volunteer mentor from their community. The theme this year was alternative energy, so students had to find ways that either geothermal, solar, wind or hydro energy could be used to help run...


On Saturday October 22, RPI hosted its Alumni and Reunion Week-end with hundreds of Alumni visiting their alma mater. Many brought their spouses as well as children and grandchildren. As a result, there was a Fanfest leading up to the Football game with a dozen tents outside the stadium. The ASCE student chapter of RPI hosted one such tent where we displayed our motorized Ferris wheel and Poster symbolizing, "Will you be the next George Ferris?" The event took place between 10 am and 4 pm and in that time frame, there must have over 300 visitors ranging from age 3 to 90. It was a great...


The 35,000-sq.-ft facility consists of a ground floor, two elevated floors, and a mechanical penthouse. The overall construction budget was approximately $16 million, including $2 million for utility relocation and site preparation. Early on in the project, two framing systems were evaluated: a flat plate concrete structure and a traditional steel structure. Initial cost estimates concluded that a concrete structure would cost about $250,000 more than a steel structure. Erection of the steel superstructure took just a couple of weeks in late fall and early winter without the concerns of...


Thomas Zimmie has observed up close the destructive power of raging floodwaters during four decades as a dam safety expert and professor of civil engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

But Tropical Storm Irene had Zimmie shaking his head in disbelief and reaching for superlatives. "This could be one of the worst ever and let's hope none of us will ever experience anything like it again in our lifetimes," said Zimmie, who has been involved in analyzing storm events that contributed to the 1977 Green Island Bridge collapse, 1987 Schoharie Creek Bridge collapse and levee...