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Roger B. Wallace, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering
A134 Engineering Research Complex
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 355-2360
Fax: (517) 355-0250
E-Mail: wallace@egr.msu.edu

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction of Fluid Mechanics
  • Applied Hydraulics
  • Free Surface Flow
  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Groundwater Hydraulics

Recent Research:

  • Soil Venting, COBIOREM and Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
  • Efficiency of Surfactant Remediation Scenarios for NAPL Cleanup Near the Water Table, EPA.
  • Volatile Organic Contaminants: Quantifying Their Movement in the Unsaturated Zone, NIEHS.


Professor Wallace’s research involves the mechanics of fluids in porous media. Current research focuses on contaminant transport and remediation in groundwater systems including the role of nonaqueous phase liquids such as gasoline. This includes experimental and numerical investigation of the processes which control in situ remediation in unsaturated and saturated soils. Methods under study include forced venting, air sparging, the use of organomodified soils for sorption zones.


University of Michigan: Ph.D., Hydrology and Environmental

Selected Publications:

  • Mathematical Model of Steady Air Sparging in Uncontaminated Porous Media, with R. Mohtar and M.D. Annable, in preparation for publication.
  • A Laboratory Method for Studying the Aqueous Phase Transport of Dissolved Constituents from Residually Held NAPL in Unsaturated Soil Columns, with G.C. Zalidis, M.D. Annable, N.J. Hayden and T.C. Voice, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, V.8, pp. 143-156, March 1988.
  • Reduction of Gasoline Component Leaching Potential by Soil Venting, with M.D. Annable, N.J. Hayden and T.C. Voice, In Press, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.
Phone: (517) 355-5107 Fax: (517) 432-1827 E-mail: cee@egr.msu.edu
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University
Engineering Building
428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3546
East Lansing, MI 48824