Funding

Most of the financial support available for graduate students is associated with specific research projects and is dependent upon the availability of grants from individual faculty members.

Scroll down for a list of faculty research interests. Their name links to a webpage with their contact information.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (TAs) will be considered, but not guaranteed, after completion of first academic semester on campus.

Students are encouraged to visit the following websites:


Faculty and Research Areas of Interest:

Bate Bate, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Geotechnical Engineering
Research Interests: Contaminant containment and site remediation, In situ soil improvement, Beneficial reuse of industrial waste materials, Modeling of fundamental soil behavior using discrete element method, Unsaturated soil mechanics

Stuart Baur, Ph.D., A.I.A.
Assistant Chair, Architectural Engineering
Associate Professor, Architectural Engineering
Research Interests: Design cost effective clean alternative energy, Develop new building technologies and practices through the use of materials and methodology, Generate intelligent responsive building systems

Joel Burken, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, AAEE
Associate Department Chair, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Professor, Environmental and Civil Engineering
Research Interests: Phytoforensics, Phytoremediation and natural treatment systems, Biological wastewater treatment, Constructed wetlands, Green remediation

Genda Chen, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Professor, Structural Engineering
Research Interests: Structural health monitoring, Interface mechanics and deterioration of composite structures, Adaptive passive dampers and systems, Multi-hazards assessment and mitigation, Forensic study, Seismic analysis and retrofit, Soil-structure interaction, Bridge engineering

Wen Deng, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Geotechnical Engineering
Research Interests: Multiphase flow, Chemical and thermal transport, Microbial growth in porous and fractured media, Areas of geo-energy recovery, Waste sequestration, Environmental remediation

Mohamed ElGawady, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Structural Engineering
Research Interests: Seismic behavior of unreinforced masonry (URM) structures, Application of Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) in strengthening and repair of masonry/reinforced concrete structures, Seismic behavior of reinforced concrete bridges, Damage-free bridge columns, Segmental construction, Rocking mechanics and the use of sustainable materials in seismic prone regions

Dimitri Feys, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Materials Engineering
Research Interests: Behavior of highly workable concrete in the fresh state, Rheology of complex materials and suspensions, Suspension flow and sedimentation, Fluid mechanics and flow modeling, Concrete made with recycled materials and advanced sustainability

Mark Fitch, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair, Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Constructed wetlands/Biochemical reactors for metals removal,Biofiltration/Membrane biofiltration, Nutrient uptake in streams

Kamal Khayat, Ph.D., P.E., F.ACI
Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor, Materials Engineering
Director, Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies
Director, Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety
Research Interests: Design and performance of advanced structural materials, including high-performance concrete with adapted rheology, self-consolidating concrete and specialty grouts, Repair and rehabilitation of civil engineering infrastructure, Rheology and workability of cement grout, mortar and concrete, Physico-chemical interaction of chemical admixtures and modern hydraulic binders, Microstructure and properties of cement-based materials, Mechanical properties, visco-elastic properties and structural performance of specialty concrete, Durability and deterioration of cement-based materials in aggressive environments,Use of chemical admixtures, supplementary cementitous materials and fibers in concrete

Cesar Mendoza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Water Resources Engineering
Research Interests: Hydraulics, Hydrodynamics, Erosion and sediment transport, Stream mechanics, Environmental hydraulics, Mathematical modeling

Glenn Morrison, Ph.D., P.E., F.ISIAQ
Professor, Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Indoor air pollution, Indoor surface chemistry, Pollutant transport, Exposure analysis, Building science

John Myers, Ph.D., P.E., F.ACI, F.ASCE
Professor, Structural Engineering
Director, Structural Engineering High-Bay Laboratory
Associate Director, Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety
Research Interests: Structures/high performance concrete (HPC) behavior and durability performance, Fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) in structural repair and strengthening applications with an emphasis related to concrete and masonry structures, and their durability performance, Development of environmentally sensitive construction materials, Hybrid materials and enhanced systems for blast resistant structures

Daniel Oerther, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, AAEE, F.ASCE
John & Susan Mathes Professor, Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Environmental biotechnology, Urban sustainability, Global development

Timothy Philpot, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor, Structural Engineering
Research Interests: Development of interactive educational software for the Introductory Engineering Mechanics courses

Hefu Pu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Geotechnical Engineering
Research Interests: Energy-related geo-engineering, Coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical analysis, Numerical simulation in geomechanics

David Richardson, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor, Materials Engineering
Research Interests: Properties of pavement materials (asphalt, concrete, granular base,stabilized soil, subgrades), Properties of building materials (concrete, masonry,  aggregate), Pavement design and analysis, Materials testing (methods and evaluation)

William Schonberg, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, F.ASME, Assoc F.AIAA
Department Chair, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Armor/anti-armor and penetration mechanics, Spacecraft vulnerability/survivability, Spacecraft shielding against meteoroid and orbital debris impacts, Hypervelocity impact phenomena, Building collapse/rubble modeling

Eric Showalter, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Teaching Professor, Construction Engineering
Research Interests: Information technology applications in construction, Environmental remediation, Productivity simulation, Cost effectiveness of technology

Lesley Sneed, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor, Structural Engineering
Research Interests: Reinforced and prestressed concrete structural members and systems, Structural models and experimental methods, Innovative methods of repair and strengthening of structures subjected to seismic loading or other extreme hazards, Structural hazard mitigation, Design codes and construction specifications for structural concrete

Jianmin Wang, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Sustainable technologies for advanced wastewater treatment, Synergistic toxic effect of nanoparticles and heavy metals, Fate and transport of heavy metals in natural and engineered systems

Grace Yan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Structural Engineering
Research Interests: Resilient infrastructural systems in multi-hazard environments,  Structural health monitoring, Structural damage detection, Wireless sensor networks, Advanced signal processing, Nonlinear system identification and damage detection, Model updating of structural FEMs, Structural vibration control, Smart materials and structures


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