Research Areas

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s main areas of research are as follows, including some of the research projects under each concentration:

Environmental Engineering: Dr. James Amburgey,

  • detection and treatment of waterborne contaminants
  • environmental assessment and monitoring systems
  • protecting public health from environmental pollutants

Geotechnical/GeoEnvironmental Engineering: Dr. Vincent Ogunro,

  • laboratory and field determination of soil properties, site characterization, & testing of materials
  • soil-structure interactions of embedded structures
  • soil-water interaction and innovative ground improvement

Structural Engineering: Dr. Matthew Whelan,

  • experimental and numerical analysis of structures subject to extreme loads (fire, blast, impact, natural hazards)
  • supplemental cementing materials, admixtures, and performance-engineered concrete
  • performance testing, monitoring, and digital twinning of structures

Transportation Engineering: Dr. Wei Fan,

  • connected and autonomous vehicles
  • multimodal transportation systems planning and operations
  • transportation safety

Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education (CAMMSE)

Dr. Wei Fan, Director –

Center Website:

  • multimodal mobility
  • big data analytics in transportation (safety and travel behavior)
  • connected autonomous vehicles: impacts, simulation and control

Infrastructure Design Environment and Sustainability (IDEAS) Center

Dr. Srinivas Pulugurtha, Director –

Center Website

  • Connected and automated vehicles; Intelligent transportation systems (ITS)
  • Trafic operations & Safety; Transportation planning & policy; Visualization & data analytics; Active transportation, public transportation & micro-mobility
  • Airport landslide access & operations, airline operations