Living in the fourth fastest growing city in the United States, the future of Seattle area residents depends on a number of related factors, from withstanding natural disasters to reducing environmental toxins. Join us for the 2016 Engineering Lecture Series to examine the latest research and emerging technologies that will inform the development of more resilient urban communities. Hear from engineering experts on earthquake preparation, sustainable transportation of goods and emerging methods for safer, cleaner water.
Engineering Solutions for a Seismically Resilient Seattle
Wednesday, October 12 | 7:30 PM
Kane Hall 130
Jeffrey Berman, Thomas & Marilyn Nielsen Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Compared to California, the Pacific Northwest remains largely unprepared for a major earthquake. Seattle’s seismic hazard is unique, with earthquakes that occur less frequently and faults that are not as well understood. It will take innovation, research and planning to prepare for “the big one.” At the UW, engineers are developing novel solutions to improve the resilience of buildings, bridges and other structures. Learn about our regional earthquake hazards, examine structural engineering technologies that enable faster and stronger post-event repair, and understand the risks and requirements involved.
Delivering Sustainability: Transporting Goods in Urban Spaces
Wednesday, November 2 | 7:30 PM
Kane Hall 120
Anne Goodchild, Allan & Inger Osberg Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
With greenhouse gas emissions threatening the health of the planet at an alarming rate, actions both big and small play an important role in addressing climate change. As the popularity of online shopping and grocery delivery rises, consumers have an opportunity to make more sustainable choices when it comes to transporting goods in urban spaces. Based on new transportation research, what you’ll learn might surprise you. From drones to delivery vans, find out which transportation methods are the most sustainable today and in the future.
Understanding Our Chemical Fingerprints: Safer Water for Our Cities
Wednesday, November 16 | 7:30 PM
Kane Hall 120
Edward Kolodziej, Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Although more than 80,000 chemicals are in circulation and thousands of new chemicals are introduced each year, only a handful are comprehensively evaluated for safety by the Environmental Protection Agency. Through daily actions, humans leave a distinctive chemical fingerprint on water, which lingers for years, impacting salmon populations and other fish, animals and plants, as well as people’s health and safety. Learn about the paths chemicals take from homes, factories and offices into the waters around us, developing systems to remove toxic chemicals, and discover how this impacts our ability to coexist with the ecosystem.
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