Civil and environmental engineering

Graduating Senior Muhammad D Arshad '23 Embraces Hope and Failure

Where many might fear failure, Muhammad D Arshad, a graduating senior studying civil engineering, embraces it. He believes that failure, combined with a bit of hope, will result in success.

"Success is directionally proportional to failures while hope is a constant," he said. "The equation of success is incomplete without failure, so never be afraid to take bigger initiatives and fail big."

Giving a Hand to Hands-on Engineering

Giving students hands-on learning experiences has been a pillar of the College of Engineering for decades. Thanks to support from donors from the 2022 Give Day, it is sure to continue for decades to come. Give Day is a 29-hour online fundraiser held every year in conjunction with UC Davis Picnic Day. This past Give Day the university raised a record-breaking $4.1 million from more than 5,000 gifts to support colleges and departments across the university.

An Earth Shattering Shift

Katerina Ziotopoulou, M.S. '10, Ph.D. '14 is consumed with the shifting of the world - both professionally and personally. As an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ziotopoulou’s work is focused on developing tools to improve the way we gather data about and understand soil behaviors and the resilience of soil-structure systems during earthquakes.

Meet Our New Faculty

The UC Davis College of Engineering welcomed six new faculty members to campus this fall, for a total of nine in 2022. Their arrival strengthens the college’s expertise in teaching and research in aerodynamics, bioinstrumentation, molecular dynamics, public transportation and bio-integrated electronics.

Still recovering from COVID-19, US public transit tries to get back on track

U.S. commuters take approximately ten billion trips on public transit each year, but the industry is still recovering from the hits it took during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kari Watkins, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis, was interviewed by The Conversation to discuss what cities can do to increase public transportation ridership and how people can make better use of this environmentally friendly mode of transportation.

Back Forty: Hard truths about California’s water future

Last month, Jay Lund, a Distinguished Professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis, wrapped up a lecture on California’s drought with a slide titled “Resistance is Futile.” It included a list of his predictions about the state’s water crisis, some of which bordered on apocalyptic. As climate change fuels extreme drought, heat and flooding, Lund explained, some of California’s native species will become unsustainable in the wild. Farmers, government agencies and environmental groups will continue to fight over dwindling water supplies.

Piles Inspired By Snakeskin

Can age-old, naturally selected biological designs help solve modern engineering problems? Engineers in the field of biogeotechnics think so.

Bioinspired geotechnical engineering, naturally cross-disciplinary, involves careful examination of biological systems and organisms, extrapolating promising systems into practical — and human-scaled — designs, and then verifying the performance of those designs in the field.

Jay Lund Elected to 2022 Class of AGU Fellows

Jay Lund, Distinguished Professor in the College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, was among the 2022 class of fellows from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) having been recognized for his outstanding achievements and contributions to earth science.