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Civil and environmental engineers are involved with the systems that are essential to our modern way of life. For example, civil and environmental engineers plan, design, and construct roads, bridges and airports, buildings, water supply and wastewater treatment plants, waterways, ports, and dams. They also work to protect the environment by developing and applying remedial technologies to contaminated groundwater and soil. Civil and environmental engineers are well qualified to participate in public and private decision-making processes regarding infrastructure systems, and, as such, serve as technical and policy advisors. They may also choose to serve as appointed or elected officials.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree (128 semester hours), Master of Engineering Degree (30 semester hours), Master of Science Degree (24 semester hours plus thesis) and Doctor of Philosophy Degree (24 semester hours above the Master degree plus dissertation) in the following areas: Environmental, Geotechnical, Structures, Transportation, and Water Resources Engineering. Facilities for the Department include workspace and laboratories for Environmental, Geotechnical, Hydraulic, Engineering Materials, and Structural research.

The College of Engineering and Computing offers excellent computer resources via dedicated workstations, parallel processing systems and clusters, as well as intricate intranet and internet resources. There are also serveral computer-aided drawing, graphics, word processing, statistics, and other discipline specific software available in student accessible computer labs.



Nichole D. Berge, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Central Florida
Environmental Engineering with emphasis in environmental remediation.

Joseph R. V. Flora, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Treatment processes, process modeling, and electrolytically enhanced biodegradation.

Anthony S. McAnally, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Auburn University
Water and wastewater treatment, waste minimization, and constructed wetland treatment systems.

Saleh, Navid, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Environmental applications and implications of engineered nanomaterials.

Yeomin Yoon, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
water and wastewater treatment to remove conventional/emerging inorganic and organic contaminants including natural organic matter, perchlorate, chromate, endocrine disrupting compounds, and pharmaceutical compounds from surface and ground waters.


Ronald Baus, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Foundations and pavement design, testing and rehabilitation.

Chunyang Liu, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Okalahoma
Numerical and physical modeling of multiphase porous media, soil-structure interaction, and pavement design.

Sarah Gassman, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University
non-destructive evaluation of deep foundations and bridge structures, leak detection and field performance of pipe, liquefaction, and controlled-low strength materials.

Charles Pierce, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Time domain reflectometry engineering applications, soil-structure interaction, slope stability and slope monitoring, ground deformation instrumentation, controlled low strength materials, blast and construction vibration analysis.

Richard Ray, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Soil dynamics, unsaturated flow laboratory testing, and field data acquisition.


J. Hugh Bradburn, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Nonlinear analysis, finite element analysis, cables and cable stayed structures.

Juan M. Caicedo, Associate Professor, D.Sc., Washington University in St. Louis, Chi Epsilon Advisor and Undergraduate Student Director

John R. Dickerson, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Dynamics and mathematical modeling

Dimitris Rizos, Associate Professor, Director of Advanced Railroad Technology Group, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Wave propagation and earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, and soil-structure interaction.

Fabio Matta, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Missouri University of Science and Technology

Robert Mullen, Professor and Department Chair, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Computer modeling of engineering systems, biomechanics, mechanical behavior of micro electro-mechanical systems, coupled field problems, and interval methods for treating uncertainty.

Jeong-Hoon Song, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Computational solid mechanics, predicting static/fatigue/dynamic fracture in micro/macro scales, developing multiscale analysis frameworks for failure of advanced composite materials, predicting fluid-soild interaction systems.

Paul H. Ziehl, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Oversees and maintains an active research program in the areas of nondestructive evaluation, structural health monitoring, in-situ evaluation, repair and strengthening, composite materials, and prestressed/reinforced concrete structures.


Nathan Huynh, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, TX
Research areas includes seaport operations, logistics, and drayage truck operations.

Water Resources

M. Hanif Chaudhry, Mr. & Mrs. Irwin B. Kahn Professor and Associate Dean (International Programs and Continuing Education) CEC, Ph.D., University of British Columbia
Mathematical modeling of open-channel and closed conduit flows, and hydraulic transients.

Jonathan L Goodall, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Water resources engineering with emphasis on watershed-scale hydrology.

Jasim Imran, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
River mechanics, fluvial and marine sediment transport, geomorphology, and mass gravity flows.

Michael Meadows, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Stormwater management and modeling, urban water infrastructure, life cycle analysis, BMPs

Enrica Viparelli, Assistant Professor, Doctorate, Universita' degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
Development of large-scale models of river morphodynamics that can be used for river and coastal restoration, and to study sediment transport, erosion and deposition at laboratory and field scales. Transport, deposition and erosion of non-uniform sediment in fluvial, deltaic and submarine environments. Transport and the overbank deposition of very fine sediment in rivers. Effects that changes in land use and climate may have on rivers and floodplains.

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