Composite Materials & Engineering Center Structural Engineering News

$1.5M grant supports testing laminated wood in seismic conditions

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University researchers have received a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to develop guidelines that will help builders use more sustainable timber in high-rise buildings in earthquake-prone areas.

Daniel Dolan, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Washington State University is working in collaboration with the Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Washington, Lehigh University, the University of Nevada at Reno, Forest Products Lab, and American Wood Council, to develop new designs for using cross-laminated timber (CLT) in buildings in seismic areas. The project is led by Shiling Pei at Colorado School of Mines. … » More …

PACCAR Environmental Technology Building dedicated

Building tours, a reception and music from the WSU Cougar Marching Band were part of the dedication of the new PACCAR Environmental Technology Building at Washington State University on Thursday, May 5. WSU Regents, industry supporters, students, faculty and staff attended.  Read more…

Creating Jobs Through Sustainable Building Technologies

Buildings stand among the nation’s leading producers of greenhouse gases. To blame is the energy used to operate them and the carbon-heavy materials required to construct them. With populations increasingly shifting toward urban centers, construction will only continue. Reducing emissions created by urban growth will require rethinking our built environment.  Read more…

Yadama receives NSF CAREER award

Dr. Vikram Yadama received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his proposal “Development of high-performance lignocellulosic composites for building envelopes: Authentic learning about sustainable materials through research-based inductive approach.” This program provides NSF’s most prestigious awards to support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar. The long-term educational goal of this CAREER project is to prepare a new generation of engineers cognizant of sustainable building materials from lignocellulosic fibers and equipped with the knowledge to design and manufacture bio-based composite products for building envelopes in a net zero energy construction. This study aims to advance the science of … » More …