In the summer of 2015, a freak cold front swept across the Andes and poured rain that triggered flash floods across parts of Peru and northern Chile. The floodwaters overflowed streambeds and sent mudslides roaring through rural communities. In the aftermath, the Chilean government estimated that more than 27,000 people were displaced.
Eric F. Wood, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest career honors for engineers.
Mung Chiang Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering Member of a group helping the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology write a report on education information technology and online education to the president. “The development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) is both promising and challenging. This will be a long-term experiment, and we need to better understand the empirical, data-driven science of lear
This short film examines the confluence of Maasai farmers who rely on the Ewaso Ng'iro river for virtually all their water needs, the scientists who study and forecast water flows in the region, and policymakers who work to bring reliable water to local populations.
Drought is often the precursor to disaster, but getting leads on its stealthy approach through remote or war-torn areas can be so difficult that relief agencies sometimes have little time to react before a bad situation becomes a calamity. The problem is that there is often no easy way to get data about water supplies in these areas — water monitoring stations don’t exist, or they don’t work, or their locations are simply too dangerous. Groups such as AGRHYMET, an intergover
Students in the freshman seminar "Global Environmental Change: Science, Technology and Policy" addresses the issue of climate and sustainability through the lens of many disciplines.
Eric Wood, a Princeton professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded the 2010 Jule G. Charney Award from the American Meteorological Society.
Earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods, droughts -- there are no easy answers when it comes to natural disasters. But, that doesn't mean we must be powerless in their wakes. Civil and environmental engineers are tackling big questions in efforts to increase understanding, prepare for, and, when possible, prevent major disasters.