College of Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Summary

Road infrastructure plays a vital role in the economic development of nations. Design,  construction, and maintenance of long-live road infrastructure pose several challenges related to innovative designs, materials, and construction quality due to scared resources. The pavement engineering program at MSU focuses on teaching state-of-the-art tools needed to address the current and upcoming challenges in managing efficient, sustainable and cost-effective road infrastructure. Faculty research focuses on obtaining innovative and practically implementable solutions in extending infrastructure performance.  


Core Faculty

Neeraj BuchNeeraj Buch, Ph.D., F.ACI
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Chairperson, Civil and Environmental Engineering

PhD (1995) Pavement Engineering 
Texas A&M University

(517) 355-5107
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Research Interests:

  • Calibration of Pavement M-E
  • Construction and Performance of Precast Pavements
  • Joint Analysis

Courses taught:

  • CE 337: Construction Materials
  • CE 431: Pavement Analysis and Design
  • CE 831: Advance Concrete Pavement Analysis and Design

Bora CetinBora Cetin , Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

PhD (2012) Civil and Environmental Engineering 
University of Maryland, College Park

517-353-2344
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Research Interests:

  • Sustainability in geotechnical engineering
  • Use of recycled materials in transportation infrastructure
  • Environmental suitability of soils mixed with waste materials
  • Pavement design and geomaterial characterization
  • Behavior of soils and geomaterials under different climatic conditions
  • Pavement performance modeling

Courses taught:

  • CE/ENE 485: Landfill Design
  • CE 337: Civil Engineering Materials

Karim ChattiKarim Chatti, Ph.D., F.ASCE
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

PhD (1992) Civil Engineering
University of California - Berkeley

(517) 355-6534
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Research Interests:

  • Pavement dynamics and vehicle-pavement interaction 
  • Pavement structural evaluation and dynamic back
    calculation of pavement parameters
  • Pavement surface characterization 
  • Pavement rolling resistance and vehicle operating costs
  • Innovative sensing applications for pavement monitoring

Courses taught:

  • CE 418: Geotechnical Engineering
  • CE 818: Advanced Geotechnical Design
  • CE 813: CE Soil Dynamics
  • CE 832: Advanced Asphalt Pavement Analysis & Design
  • CE 432: Pavement Rehabilitation

Syed HaiderSyed Waqar Haider, Ph.D., P.E
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. (2004) Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University

(517) 353-9782
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Research Interests:

  • Data mining and analysis
  • Pavement analysis and design
  • Pavement performance modeling
  • Pavement management and preservation
  • Reliability-based design and risk analysis

Courses taught:

  • CE 372: Risk analysis in civil engineering
  • CE 337: Civil engineering materials
  • CE 431: Pavement analysis and design
  • CE 432: Pavement rehabilitation design
  • CE 861: Reliability-based designs

M. Emin KutayM. Emin Kutay, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. (2005) Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park

(517) 353-9297
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Research Interests:

  • Material characterization, design, and modeling of asphalt pavements
  • Pavement design, analysis, and modeling
  • Applications of 3D (e.g., X-ray CT, stereology) and 2D imaging (e.g., image
    correlation) techniques in pavement and geotechnical engineering
  • Granular mechanics and micromechanical modeling techniques.

Courses taught:

  • CE 312: Soil Mechanics
  • CE 838: Bituminous Materials
  • CE 815: Slope Stability and Stabilization Techniques
  • CE 495: Senior (Capstone) Design - Geotechnical
 

Pavement and Geotechnical Engineering courses

The academic program provides a fundamental background in pavement analysis and design for new and existing pavements, Hot-mix asphalt (HMA) and Portland cement concrete (PCC) material characterization needed for the state-of-the-art mechanistic-empirical pavement analysis and design, management of large road networks and strategy analysis for road maintenance, preservation and rehabilitation treatments under constrained resources. Besides, the program covers practical design applications and soil behaviors under load in geotechnical engineering. The program also emphasizes the use of recycled materials in road construction to encourage more sustainable and cost-effective solutions. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in interdisciplinary coursework from other units across MSU, including probability and statistics, mechanical engineering, material science, construction management, and computational mathematics, science, and engineering.

Pavement and geotechnical undergraduate-level courses

  • CE 418 Geotechnical Engineering
  • CE 431 Pavement Design and Analysis
  • CE 432 Pavement Rehabilitation
  • CE 485 Landfill Design

Pavement and geotechnical graduate-level courses

  • CE 812 Properties of Soils
  • CE 813 Soil Dynamics
  • CE 815 Selected Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
  • CE 818 Advanced Geotechnical Design
  • CE 831 Advanced Concrete Pavement Analysis and Design
  • CE 832 Advanced Asphalt Pavement Analysis and Design
  • CE 835 Engineering Management of Pavement Networks
  • CE 836 Materials Science for Civil Engineers
  • CE 837 Advanced Concrete Materials
  • CE 838 Bituminous Materials

Current and Recent Research Projects

PIs: Karim Chatti (PI), and Haider, S. W (Co-PI)
Project title: Performance-Related Specifications for Pavement Preservation Treatments
Funding source: National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)

PIs: Karim Chatti (PI), and Haider, S. W (Co-PI)
Project title: LTPP Data Analysis: Feasibility of Using LTPP Data to Improve Use of FWD and Longitudinal Profile Measurements
Funding source: National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)

PIs: Haider, S. W (PI)
Project title: Develop Practical Tools and Procedures to Improve WIM Data Quality   
Funding source: National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)

PIs: Haider, S. W (PI), Buch, N. (co-PI)
Project title: Updated Analysis of Michigan Traffic Inputs for Pavement ME Design
Funding source: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Development of a Fast and Cost-Effective Asphalt Mixture Fatigue Test System
Funding source: National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) – IDEA

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI), Haider, S. W. (co-PI), Buch, N.
Project title: Evaluation of MDOT’s Long-Life Pilot Projects
Funding source: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Developing Customer-Ready Software for Analysis & Design of Asphalt Pavements Constructed with Traditional & Advanced Materials
Funding source: Michigan Economic Development Corp. + MSU ADVANCE

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Laboratory Evaluation of HMA Samples from the US-131 30-Year Pilot Project (2018 - 2019)
Funding source: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Polymer Coated Rubber (PCR) Modified Asphalt: Field Evaluation of PCR “Dry” Technology Laboratory Evaluation of PCR “Wet” Technology (2018-2020)
Funding source: Ingham County Road Department (ICRD)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Field and Laboratory Evaluation of Polymer Coated Rubber (PCR) Modified Asphalt
Funding source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI), Haider, S. W. (co-PI), Chatti, K. (co-PI)
Project title: Establishing Percent Embedment Limits to Improve Chip Seal Performance
Funding source: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Aishimu pavement surface treatment process (2017-2018)
Funding source: Beijing AISHIMU Technology CO., LTD

PIs: Haider, S. W. (PI), Kutay, M. E. (co-PI)
Project title: Recalibration of Mechanistic-Empirical Rigid Pavement Performance Models and Evaluation of Flexible Pavement Thermal Cracking Model
Funding source: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Evaluation of De-vulcanized Rubber (DVR) Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA)
Funding source: Ingham County Road Department (ICRD)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Evaluation of De-Vulcanized Rubber (DVR) Modified Chip Seals (2016-2017)
Funding source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Evaluation of De-Vulcanized Rubber (DVR) Modified Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Pavement (2015 – 2016)
Funding source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI), Chatti, K. (co-PI), Haider, S. W. (co-PI)
Project title: Development of an Acceptance Test for Chip Seal Projects – UTC Project (2014-2017)
Funding source: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Feasibility of Dry and Pre-swelled Crumb Rubber Modified Asphalt Mixture Usage in Michigan (2014-2015)
Funding source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

PIs: Cetin, B (PI), Ikuma, K. (co-PI)
Project title: Remediation of Coal Mine Drainage with Industrial Byproducts
Funding source: The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of Interior

PIs: Cetin, B (PI), Daniels, J. (co-PI)
Project title: Collaborative Research: Engineered Water Repellency to Mitigate Frost Susceptibility: Decoupling Osmotic and Matric Potential
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Cetin, B (PI), Perez, M.A. (co-PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI)
Project title: Use of Concrete Grinding Residue as a Soil Amendment – Phase 2
Funding source: Federal Highway Administration-RMRC

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI)
Project title: Use of Concrete Grinding Residue as a Soil Amendment – Phase 1
Funding source: Federal Highway Administration-RMRC

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ashlock, J.C. (co-PI), Ceylan, H. (Co-PI), Rutherford, C. (co-PI)
Project title: Use of Waste Quarry Fines as a Binding Material in Unpaved Roads
Funding source: Federal Highway Administration-RMRC

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Likos, W. (co-PI), Edil, T.B. (co-PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI), Zheng, J. (co-PI), Buss, A. (co-PI)
Project title: Determining Pavement Design Criteria for Recycled Aggregate Base and Large Stone Subbase
Funding source: National Road Research Alliance

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Edil, T.B. (co-PI)
Project title: Improve Material Inputs into Mechanistic Design Properties for Reclaimed HMA & Recycled Concrete Aggregate (RCA) Roadways
Funding source: National Road Research Alliance

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Edil, T.B. (co-PI)
Project title: Environmental Impacts on the Performance of Pavement Foundation Layers-Phase I
Funding source: National Road Research Alliance

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI), Rutherford, C. (co-PI)
Project title: Base Stabilization Additives – Effect on Granular Equivalency
Funding source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ashlock, J.C. (co-PI), Hasiuk, F. (co-PI)
Project title: Characterizing the Deterioration Mechanisms for Coarse Aggregates Used in Granular Surface and Shoulders
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Cetin, K.S. (co-PI), Ashlock, J (co-PI)
Project title: Sustainability Assessment of Unpaved Road Construction with Recycled Materials in Council Bluffs, IA
Funding source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI)
Project title: Advanced Testing and Characterization of Iowa Soils and Geomaterials
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Jeong, D. (co-PI), Ashlock, J.C. (co-PI)
Project title: Development of Granular Road Asset Management
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI), Ashlock, J.C. (co-PI)
Project title: Evaluation of the Mechanical and Environmental Performance of Biofuel Co-Product Stabilized Unpaved Roads
Funding source: U.S. Department of Transportation-Midwest Transportation Center

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ashlock, J.C. (co-PI), Jahren, C. (co-PI)
Project title: Performance Based Evaluation of Cost-Effective Aggregate Options for Granular Roadways
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Schwartz, C.W. (co-PI), Forman, B. (co-PI), Roberts, L. (co-PI)
Project title: Climate and Groundwater Data to Support Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design in South Dakota
Funding source: South Dakota Department of Transportation

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI)
Project title: Remediation of Acid Mine Drainages and Mine Tailings with High Carbon Fly Ash
Funding source: The South Dakota Board of Regents- Competitive Research Grant Program

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI)
Project title: Integration of Multimedia Active Learning Tools into Laboratory Engineering Courses
Funding source: The South Dakota Board of Regents- Competitive Research Grant Program

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI)
Project title: Remediation of Mine Tailings
Funding source: RESPEC Consulting and Services

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI)
Project title: Groundwater Impacts of Roadways Built with Recycled Concrete Materials
Funding source: Nelson Research Grant

PIs: Cetin, K.S. (PI), Surovek, A (co-PI), Ahn, B. (co-PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry in Approaches for Solving Ill-Structured Problems
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Poleacovschi, C. (PI), Cetin, K.S. (co-PI), Perez, M.A. (co-PI), Gallus, W. (co-PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Responding to the Housing Crisis in the Arctic: A transdisciplinary approach across physical, natural and social systems
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Rehmann, C. (PI), Ikuma, K. (co-PI), Perez, M.A. (co-PI), Cetin B. (co-PI)
Project title: Environmental Field Evaluation of Potassium Acetate
Funding source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

PIs: Ceylan, H (PI), Kim, S (co-PI), Cetin K.S. (co-PI), Taylor, P. (co-PI), Mina, M. (co-PI), Cetin B. (co-PI)
Project title: Self-heating Electrically Conductive Concrete Demonstration
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Ceylan, H (PI), Kim, S (co-PI), Cetin B. (co-PI)
Project title: Investigation on Pavement ME Design Reflective Cracking, Faulting, IRI Prediction Models, Concrete Overlays Design Tool, and Performance Threshold Levels for Iowa Pavement Systems
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Perez, M.A. (PI), Cetin B. (co-PI)
Project title: Field Monitoring of Erosion and Sediment Control Practices and Development of Additional Iowa DOT Design Manual Guidance
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Ashlock, J (PI), Kim, S (co-PI), Cetin K.S. (co-PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI), Horton, R. (co-PI), Cetin B. (co-PI)
Project title: Low Cost Rural Surface Alternatives, Phase IV
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Ashlock, J (PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI)
Project title: Low Cost Rural Surface Alternatives, Phase III
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Ceylan, H (PI), Kim, S (co-PI), Gopalakrishnan, K (co-PI), Sundararajan, S (co-PI), Cetin K.S. (co-PI). Taylor, P (co-PI), Mina, M (co-PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI), Turkan, Y (co-PI)
Project title: Full-Scale Testing of Heated Airport Pavements
Funding source: Federal Aviation Administration

PIs: Roggenthen, W. (PI), Stetler, L. (co-PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI), Roberts, L. (co-PI)
Project title: Preliminary Evaluation of Shale Media for Use as a Nuclear Waste Repository Site
Funding source: Department of Energy-Sandia National Laboratory

PIs: Shafei, B. (PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI), Phares, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Evaluation of Alternative Abutment Piling for Low Volume Road Bridges
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Durham, S. (PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Improvement of Climate Data for Use in MEPDG Calibration and Other Pavement Analysis
Funding source: Georgia Department of Transportation

PIs: Ikuma, K (PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI), Rehmann, C. (co-PI), Ong, S.K. (co-PI)
Project title: Use of Biocementation for Slope Stabilization of Levees
Funding source: U.S. Department of Transportation-Midwest Transportation Center

PIs: Ceylan, H (PI), Kim, S (co-PI), Gopalakrishnan, K (co-PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Concrete Grinding Residue: It’s effect on roadside vegetation and soil properties
Funding source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

PIs: Jahren, C. (PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Optimum RAP Content for Minnesota Gravel Roads
Funding source: Minnesota Department of Transportation