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Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials
  • Rigoberto Burgueño, Associate Professor: development, performance assessment, and implementation of innovative materials to civil infrastructure, with emphasis on structural materials, components and systems, mechanics, design optimization, large-scale testing, manufacturing techniques, soft-computing methods; experimental techniques; earthquake engineering; and bridge design.
  • Roozbeh Dargazany, Assistant Professor: understanding of the micro-mechanics of materials with large deformations and its implementation on development of new constitutive methods to predict the mechanical response of these materials.

  • Venkatesh Kodur, Professor: evaluation of fire resistance of structural systems through large scale fire experiments and numerical modeling; characterization of materials under high temperature; performance based fire safety design of structures, non-linear design and analysis of concrete and steel structural systems and building collapse investigations.
  • Nizar Lajnef, Assistant Professor: sensors design for structural health and usage monitoring, biomechanical systems, sensors networks design and implementation, nano-watt and self-powered sensors, smart materials/composites/alloys and systems.

  • Weiyi Lu, Assistant Professor: synthesis, characterization, and novel application of advanced nanomaterials and composites; advanced protection/damping materials, structures, and mechanisms; high-strain rate behavior of multi-scale systems; multifunctional engineering materials/structures such as robust battery systems for electric vehicles.

  • Parviz Soroushian, Professor: advanced structural, protective and functional materials. He is known for his expertise in concrete and cement composites. He has also made major innovations in the field of smart, nano-structured and composite materials and protective coatings.

Transportation & Pavement Engineering
  • Gilbert Y. Baladi, Professor: characterization of composite engineering materials used in transportation networks and building foundations. Fatigue and plastic properties of soils, unbounded materials, and asphalt pavements. Behavior of soil subgrades and asphalt pavements under heavy vehicular loads. Development of pavement performance prediction models and the back-calculation of engineering properties of layered systems.
  • Neeraj J. Buch, Professor and Chairperson: concrete pavement design, rehabilitation, non-destructive testing of pavements, and composite materials. Development of rut and fatigue prediction models for flexible pavements design. Developing crack deterioration algorithms for rigid pavements. Rehabilitation strategies, and study of recyclable materials in portland cement concrete and asphalt concrete.
  • Karim Chatti, Professor, Assoc. Chair Grad Studies & Research : pavement response and performance modeling, dynamics of pavements and truck-pavement interaction, pavement surface roughness, pavement preservation, and characterization of asphalt concrete mixtures. Effect of design and construction factors on pavement performance.
  • Syed Waqar Haider, Specialist: mechanistic characterization of recycled asphalt mixtures and rheology of aged and virgin binders. Implementation of Superpave asphalt binder and mixture specifications. Statistical models for multi-modal axle load spectra. Calibration of performance models in mechanistic-empirical pavement design. Advance statistical techniques for pavement performance modeling. Effectiveness of pavement preservation treatments, effects of non-linear damage accumulation on pavement performance.
  • Anthony Ingle, Specialist: all areas of traffic and transportation engineering including geometric design, traffic flow and control, and traffic safety; traffic simulation modeling, and applications of this technology for planning and operational decision making; intelligent transportation systems (ITS) applications to transportation.

  • M. Emin Kutay, Associate Professor: experimental and numerical investigation of fundamental material behavior of asphalt pavements and granular materials. Improvement of asphalt mix design, better prediction of fatigue cracking and permanent deformation (rutting) characteristics of asphalt pavements, pavement surface characteristics such as smoothness, tire/pavement noise and splash/spray.

Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Shu-Guang Li, Professor: Stochastic modeling of solute transport in strongly heterogeneous media; Modeling groundwater surface water interaction; Ecohydrology and modeling groundwater dependent ecosystem; Data intensive computing and multiscale modeling in groundwater science and engineering; Numerical and stochastic methods in water resources engineering.
  • Phanikumar S. Mantha, Professor: reactive transport and the fate of contaminants in surface water and groundwater. Near-shore processes in the Great Lakes and the transport of pathogens in the environment. Improved methods for reactive transport modeling in the presence of physical and chemical heterogeneity. Surface water groundwater interaction modeling.
  • Yadu Pokhrel, Assistant Professor: improving the understanding of the changes in the global/regional terrestrial water cycle in response to the combined effects of human activities and climate change. In particular, the changes in various components of the hydrological cycle, as caused directly by human activities such as land-use change, reservoir operation and large-scale diversion of water, irrigation, and groundwater pumping.

Geotechnical and Geo-Environmental Engineering
  • Gilbert Y. Baladi, Professor: characterization of composite engineering materials used in transportation networks and building foundations. Fatigue and plastic properties of soils, unbounded materials, and asphalt pavements. Behavior of soil subgrades and asphalt pavements under heavy vehicular loads. Development of pavement performance prediction models and the back-calculation of engineering properties of layered systems.
  • Karim Chatti, Professor: pavement response and performance modeling, dynamics of pavements and truck-pavement interaction, pavement surface roughness, pavement preservation, and characterization of asphalt concrete mixtures. Effect of design and construction factors on pavement performance.
  • Thomas F. Wolff, Associate Professor: application of reliability analysis and other statistical, numerical and computer methods to the assessment of engineering systems. Application of engineering reliability analysis to the evaluation of dams, levees and other hydraulic structures. Statistical applications to assess segregation in asphalt pavements, and improved specifications for sands for athletic fields to improve stability.

Environmental Microbiology
  • Alison M. Cupples, Assistant Professor: microbial degradation of soil and water contaminants. Previous research has focused on the dechlorination of the groundwater contaminants tetrachloroethene and trichloroethene. The use of molecular methods to identify and quantify the microorganisms responsible for xenobiotic degradation.
  • Syed Hashsham, Edwin Willits Professor: environmental molecular biology and mathematical tools to address environmental engineering issues. Current research focuses on the development of DNA biochips for parallel detection of microorganisms important to drinking water and wastewater.
  • Irene Xagoraraki, Assistant Professor: drinking water safety, public health, and water quality engineering. Interested in the detection, removal and inactivation of emerging biological and chemical contaminants in drinking water. Detection of microbiological pathogens and bacterial toxins.

Environmental Chemistry & Physical Chemical Processes
  • Annick Anctil, Assistant Professor: focus in pollution prevention has shifted from treatment and control to design for the environment, which uses a holistic approach to ensure that all stages of the life cycle of a product or system are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.
  • Susan J. Masten, Professor: use of chemical oxidants for the remediation of soils, water, and leachates contaminated with hazardous organic chemicals. Research on the in-situ use of gaseous ozone to oxidize residual contaminants in saturated soils using ozone sparging and in unsaturated soils using soil venting.
  • Volodymyr V. Tarabara, Associate Professor: colloidal and interfacial phenomena in aqueous media, membrane processes, advanced materials and nanotechnology in water quality control, and environmental implications of nanotechnology.
  • Thomas C. Voice, Professor: mass-transfer of chemical contaminants in systems of environmental interest, with emphasis on interactions between pollutants and soils, sediments, and suspended solids. Current research is focused on the environmental impact and remediation of terrestrial chemical spills.
  • Irene Xagoraraki, Assistant Professor: drinking water safety, public health, and water quality engineering. Interested in the detection, removal and inactivation of emerging biological and chemical contaminants in drinking water. Detection of microbiological pathogens and bacterial toxins.

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