Center for the Study of Metals in the Environment (CSME)

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Delaware

Senator Carper Announces Federal Funding

by Diane Kukich

February 22, 2005

U.S. Senator Thomas B. Carper held a press conference in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering today to announce $425,000 in federal funds to the Center for the Study of Metals in the Environment (CSME. Since 2001, over $3 million has been appropriated to CSME by the federal government, and this new funding will continue the support of ongoing programs.

Joining the Senator for the announcement were University President David Roselle, Dean Eric W. Kaler, Center Director Herbert E. Allen, and CEE Department Chair Michael J. Chajes.

"We're very grateful for the continued support of the federal government for our multidisciplinary, collaborative research programs," says Allen. "Our work is enabling government, industry, and the research community to work together on developing standards for sound science in this critical environmental area."

According to Chajes, CSME, along with the Department's three other research centers--one each in transportation, coastal engineering, and bridge engineering--is "working hard to develop engineering solutions for important societal problems." The coastal center is developing models to better predict the behavior of tsunamis, the bridge center is investigating technologies for more durable bridges, and the transportation center is looking at ways to utilize fuel cell buses to reduce harmful emissions.

And, with this continued federal funding and other sources of support, CSME is leading the effort to develop a better understanding of the behavior of, and the risks posed by, metals in the environment.

Carper's announcement was followed by a tour of Professor Allen's laboratories in DuPont Hall.

Senator Carper (left) congratulates CSME Director Herb Allen
on obtaining continued federal support for the Center's research programs.

CSME Director Herb Allen gives Senator Carper a tour of his labs.
Here, Allen shows Carper an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectrometer.

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