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Anctil, Annick
517-432-4692
anctilan@msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Environmental) 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.


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Baladi, Gilbert
517-355-5147
baladi@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Geotechnical/Pavements) 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.


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Buch, Neeraj
517-432-0012

buch@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Pavements) 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.

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Burgueño, Rigoberto
517-353-1743
burgueno@msu.edu   

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(Primary area:  Structures) 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.


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Chatti, Karim
517-355-6534
chatti@msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Geotechnical/Pavements) 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.



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Cupples, Alison
517-355-0250
cupplesa@msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Environmental) 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.

 

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Dargazany, Roozbeh
517-432-0180
roozbeh@msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Structures) 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.

 

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Gates, Timothy
517-353-7224
gatestim@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Transportation) Safety and operational impacts associated with raising speed limits, driver behavior at signalized intersections, safety impacts of intersection sight distance, safety performance and economic assessment of roadway design features, safety and operational impacts of highway rumble strips, highway work zone safety and operations, and pedestrian behavior and safety.

 

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Ghamami, Mehrnaz
517-355-1288
ghamamim@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Transportation) Sustainable transportation with a comprehensive modeling framework for analyzing various policy and planning issues related to plugin electric vehicles (PEVs). Infrastructure and incentives in adoption of PEVs for short, medium and long distance trips. Mathematical modeling and operations research. Transportation system analysis including pedestrian and bicycle transportation.

 

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Haider, Syed
517-353-9782
syedwaqa@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Pavements) 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.


Photo of Mahmoodul HaqHaq, Mahmoodul
517-432-1827
haqmahmo@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Structures) Development of robust structural joints (adhesives, bolted, hybrid, reversible) consisting of composites and dissimilar materials with improved mechanical properties, enhanced damage resistance, along with sensing and healing capabilities.

 

Photo of Syed HashshamHashsham, Syed
517-355-8241
hashsham@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Environmental) 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.

 

Photo of Venkatesh KodurKodur, Venkatesh
517-353-9813
kodur@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Structures) 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.

 

Photo of M. Emin KutayKutay, M. Emin
517-353-9297
kutay@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Geotechnical/Pavements) 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.

 

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Lahr, Rebecca H.
517-355-0250
rlahr@msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Environmental) Detection, monitoring, and prevention of water pollution with a focus on field deployable analytical method development, environmental monitoring of candidate contaminants, pollutant degradation mechanisms, and sustainable engineering to improve water quality.

 

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Lajnef, Nizar
517-353-8883
lajnefni@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Structures) 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.

 

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Li, Shu-Guang
517-432-1929
lishug@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Hydrology/Water Resources) 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.

 

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Lu, Weiyi
517-353-6448
wylu@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Structures) 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.

 

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Mantha, Phanikumar
517-432-0851
phani@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Hydrology/Water Resources) 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.

 

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Masten, Susan
517-355-2254
masten@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Environmental) 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.

 

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Pokhrel, Yadu
517-355-2360
ypokhrel@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Hydrology/Water Resources) 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.

 

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Soroushian, Parviz
517-355-2216
soroushi@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Structures) 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.

 

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Tarabara, Volodymyr
517-432-1755
tarabara@msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Environmental) Colloidal and interfacial phenomena in aqueous media, membrane materials and processes, water treatment and reuse.

 

 

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Voice, Thomas
517-355-5133
voice@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Environmental) 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.

 

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Wolff, Thomas
517-355-5107
wolff@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Geotechnical) 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.

 

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Xagoraraki, Irene
517-353-8539
xagorara@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Environmental) 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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Zaabar, Imen
517-355-4747
zaabarim@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Pavements) Soft computing in transportation, Pavement response and performance modeling, dynamics of pavements and truck-pavement interaction, pavement surface roughness, infrastructure sustainability and Surface Properties - Vehicle Interaction, assessment of pavement acceptance criteria, pavement preservation, and dynamic backcalculation of flexible and rigid pavement parameters.

 

Photo of Ali ZockaieZockaie, Ali
517-355-8422
zockaiea@egr.msu.edu

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(Primary area:  Transportation) Transportation network modeling, simulation-based dynamic stochastic networks, network-wide evacuation planning, congestion pricing, weather-related traffic management strategies, integration of activity-based modeling with dynamic traffic assignment models, traffic flow theory, network-wide fundamental diagram, facility location for alternative fuel vehicles towards a sustainable transportation network.