Research Expertise and Capabilities

  • Traffic and Transportation Engineering
    • Transportation Design
      • Geometric Design
      • Bridge Design
      • Pavement Design and Rehabilitation
      • Construction Materials
    • Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering
      • Solve traffic congestion
      • Correct safety problems
      • Facilitate economic growth
      • Provide public transit systems
    • Transportation Operations
      • Use computer simulation models to predict travel patterns, analyze capacity of transportation systems such as highways
    • Conceive projects such as new highways, transit systems and traffic signal systems
    • Predict and minimize environmental impacts of transportation projects
  • Structural Engineering and Mechanics
    • Engages in a wide variety of experimental, analytical and theoretical research
    • Facilities
    • Watkins Haggart Structural Engineering Laboratory
    • Laboratory for Non-Destructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring
    • Wave-propagation techniques for their application for efficient long-term structural monitoring
    • Conducts extensive field-based studies of both decommissioned and operating structures.
  • Geotechnical and Pavements
    • Design and retrofit of bridges and structures using traditional and innovative materials (FRP, HPS, etc.)
    • Structural health monitoring and innovative inspection techniques for bridges and structures
    • Evaluation of new products and materials
    • Complex modeling techniques
    • Development of Codes, Standards and ‘best practices’
    • Multi-hazard design
  • Environmental Engineering and Water Resources
    • Conducts a variety of applied, field and analytical research. 
    • Studies that include extensive field instrumentation and laboratory studies to better understand the response of in-service structures and materials
    • Development of design procedures for non-traditional structures such as ultra-thin whitetopping pavements
  • Facilities
    • The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Pavement Mechanics and Materials Laboratory
    • Equipped to perform a full range of tasks including the casting, curing and testing of everything from concrete specimens to full-scale pavements.  The 2700 ft2 facility features the latest equipment in both destructive and non-destructive testing of Portland cement concrete.
  • Design
    • Identifying best practices in foundation design to eliminate excessive conservative design in geotechnical capacity
  • Forensic studies
  • Materials and Construction
    • Studying construction practices related to the structural performance
    • Advanced concrete material characterization and asphalt and granular material studies
  • New product evaluations and pavement analysis and modeling.
  • Environmental Engineering and Water Resources
    • Establishing new limits or standards to ultimately expedite permitting procedures
    • Developing a dynamic weather and hydrologic prediction system for intelligent traffic systems
    • Understanding the relationship between transportation need in both the sustainability and construction contexts.
  • Sustainability and Green Design
    • Represents the next generation of interdisciplinary education and research in environmental impacts, engineering, and sustainability.
    • SGD brings together forward-looking and enthusiastic faculty with the requisite experience for coordinated interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches towards research, education, and outreach.
    • Through our research and outreach, we tackle some of the most pressing concerns of the 21st century.
    • Sustainability research focuses on interdisciplinary education and research in science, engineering, and sustainability. Research areas include bioproducts, energy and electricity, green design and construction.