If many of the flooding-related problems in Houston and Harris County are to be fixed, the region needs “to have an informed, flood-literate and engaged populace,” according to a paper by CEE faculty member Jim Blackburn.
Only three percent of ASCE members are elected Fellows. Nagarajaiah was awarded the Moissieff Award by ASCE in 2015 for developing new adaptive stiffness structures and the ASCE Raymond Reese Award in 2017 for developing a novel method for cable tension assessment using sparse identification.
Rice University researchers have discovered a bacteria-borne gene that helps degrade a form of dioxane, a groundwater contaminant and suspected carcinogen. The discovery could lessen the need for costly cleanup of contaminated sites.
A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water. The desalination system uses a combination of membrane distillation technology and light-harvesting nanophotonics.
The key to providing schoolchildren in rural Mexico with an endless supply of tasty drinking water could lie in using readily available materials like locally quarried limestone, according to four Rice undergraduates.