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 Research Areas

Structures and Materials | Water Resources & Environmental Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering | Transportation  

Structures & Materials

Research in structures and materials focuses on concrete behavior with a blend of computational and experimental modeling to characterize diversified phenomena such as corrosion, durability modeling, shrinkage, creep, repair and fatigue. Other areas of research include concrete durability; finite element modeling of intact or damaged structures for assessment, strengthening and/or repair, nonlinear finite element analysis of mitred bends, laminated shell elements, steel connections, reinforced concrete and slabs on grade; structural optimization, boundary elements, structural dynamics, and nondestructive testing.

Water Resources and Environmental Engineering

Research Water resources and environmental engineering includes recharge problems, groundwater contamination problems and sea water intrusion, numerical techniques, remote sensing applications in water resources, watershed modeling of rainfall-runoff relationships, evapotranspiration studies in arid zones, urban hydrology, municipal sludge management, fuel fly-ash management, application of membrane technology in wastewater treatment, electrochemical oxidation of organics in industrial wastewaters, evaluation of wastewater treatment plants, applications of anaerobic membrane bioreactors in wastewater treatment, and application of advanced oxidation processes in wastewater treatment.

Geotechnical Engineering

Research in the geotechnical engineering area includes soil-structure interaction, local soil and foundation problems, mineralogy and fabric of soils, constitutive modeling of soil, nonlinear numerical analysis, soil stabilization, soil dynamics and geo environment.


Research in transportation includes areas of highway safety, intersection safety, pedestrian safety, signal optimization, intercity transportation demand modeling, disaggregate behavior modeling, pavement materials specification, modification, modeling, analysis and pavement management system, and quality control and quality assurance.