Civil and Environmental Engineering Research

The Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty are active in many diverse areas of research including transportation engineering and planning, structural analysis and design, earthquake engineering, treatment and supply of drinking water, biogeochemical redox processes, mathematical modeling of fate and transport processes in the subsurface, modeling microbial kinetics, reactive solute transport in heterogeneous media, quantitative geochemistry, pollution prevention and industrial waste treatment. The department’s research covers these and other areas vital to the field. Undergraduate and graduate students are integral to the culture of research established in the department. Faculty and student interactions through research work synergistically mutually driving each forward.

    Khaled Abdelghany
  • Transportation network modeling and design
  • Real-time traffic network management systems
  • Crowd dynamics
  • Airlines strategic planning and operations management

    Usama El Shamy
  • Multiscale modeling of geotechnical systems
  • Computational geomechanics using discrete element method and finite element method
  • Numerical modeling of flood-induced erosion
  • Dynamic soil-foundation-structure interaction
  • Characterization of the thermal conductivity of granular soils
  • Model-based simulations in undergraduate education
  • Integration of remote major research instrumentation in undergraduate education

    Andrew Quicksall
    We investigate the fundamental mechanisms of contaminant partitioning between aqueous solutions and solids. We focus on the following:
  • Characterization and remediation of drinking water supplies with particular emphasis on the developing world
  • Biogeochemical redox processes and the temporal, spatial, and chemical expression of trace metals and metalloids
  • Synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of naturally-occurring and engineered poorly crystalline and nano-scale solid phases
  • Analytical method development for GC and ICP mass spectroscopies and application of electron and X-ray beam techniques to environmental systems

    Sevinc Sengor
  • Mathematical modeling of flow and contaminant fate and transport in the subsurface with emphasis on soil and groundwater remediation
  • Multicomponent reactive transport modeling of chemical species involving biotic and abiotic reactions in aqueous environments  
  • Experimental and modeling study of heavy metal induced toxicity and metabolic lag on microbial growth kinetics
  • Modeling microbial metabolism in anaerobic environments considering thermodynamic factors and maintenance energy requirements

    Brett Story
  • Development and implementation of algorithms for structural impairment detection (SID)
  • Instrumentation, excitation, and evaluation of structural systems
  • Design of retrofit solutions for existing structures

    Wenjie Sun
  • Environmental biotechnology for the treatment of hazardous pollutants in water, wastewater and sediment
  • Bioremediation of soil and groundwater contamination
  • Integrated solid waste disposal and management with a specific emphasis on biological and chemical processes in landfills that influence the fate of municipal and industrial wastes and landfills behavior
  • Environmental application of molecular microbial biology in natural and engineered ecosystems
  • Environmental health and safety impacts of engineered materials