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Current Research Projects


  • Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide Implementation. Principal Investigator: Dr. Baus, Ronald. Funding Sponsor(s): SC Department of Transportation/FHWA.
  • Developing an Engineering Environment for Fostering Effective Critical Thinking (EFFECT) Through Measurements. Principal Investigator: Dr. Caicedo, Juan. Co-Principal Investigator(s): Dr. J. R. V. Flora; Dr. Pierce, Charles; Timmerman. Funding Sponsor(s): National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • Simplifying bridge expansion joint design and maintenance. Principal Investigator: Dr. Caicedo, Juan. Co-Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Ziehl, Paul;Dr. Rizos, Dimitris. Funding Sponsor(s): SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT)/FHWA/DOT.
  • Capacity Building for Research, Education, and Training in Water Resources Management in Pakistan. Principal Investigator: Dr. Chaudhry, M. Funding Sponsor(s): National Academy of Sciences (NAS)/USAID.
  • PIRE: Modeling of Flood Hazards and Geomorphic Impacts of Levee Breach and Dam Failure. Principal Investigator: Dr. Chaudhry, M. Co-Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Imran, Jasim. Funding Sponsor(s): National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • Investigations on Levee Breach Closure Procedures. Principal Investigator: Dr. Chaudhry, M. Funding Sponsor(s): University of Mississippi/DHS.
  • Technology Transfer Activities - SC Department of Transportation. Principal Investigator: Dr. Chaudhry, M. Funding Sponsor(s): SC Department of Transportation.
  • Numerical Modeling of Turbidity Current in Sinous Submarine Channels. Principal Investigator: Dr. J. Imran. Funding Sponsor(s): USCRF/Shell International Exploration & Production.
  • Bioelectrolytic System for the Treatment of Tannery Wastewater. Principal Investigator: Dr. J. R. V. Flora. Co-Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Ahmed Kassem. Funding Sponsor(s): U.S.- Egypt Joint Science and Technology Fund/ USDA.
  • Characterization of the Liquefaction Resistance of Aged Soils. Principal Investigator: Dr. S L Gassman Pierce. Funding Sponsor(s): Clemson University/NSF.
  • Southern Center on Environmentally-Driven Disparities in Birth Outcomes. Principal Investigator: Dr. Goodall, Jonathan. Funding Sponsor(s): Duke University/EPA.
  • Using Bayesian Networks for Adaptive Management of Watershed/Estuarine Systems. Principal Investigator: Dr. Goodall, Jonathan. Funding Sponsor(s): Duke University/NIH.
  • Truck Drayage Practices. Principal Investigator: Dr. Huynh, Nathan. Funding Sponsor(s): The Tioga Group Inc. /National Academy of Sciences/DOT.
  • Development of Truck Trip Generation Models. Principal Investigator: Dr. Huynh, Nathan. Funding Sponsor(s): SC State University/US Department of Transportation.
  • Lower Savannah Council of Governments Regional Freight Mobility Study. Principal Investigator: Dr. Huynh, Nathan. Funding Sponsor(s): WSA/Lower Svannah Council of Governments (LSCOG).
  • Geotechnical Materials Database for Embankment Design and Construction. Principal Investigator: Dr. Pierce, Charles. Co-Principal Investigator(s):Dr. Sarah L Gassman Pierce;Dr. Ray, Richard. Funding Sponsor(s): SC Department of Transportation/DOT.
  • Impact of Inductive Teaching Strategies on Critical Thinking Skills of Current and Prospective Engineering Students from Underrepresented Groups. Principal Investigator: Dr. Pierce, Charles. Funding Sponsor(s): SC Space Grant Consortium/NASA.
  • USGS NEHRP Testing and Analysis of Deep Sediments in Charleston SC. Principal Investigator:Dr. Ray, Richard. Co-Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Rizos, Dimitris; Dr. Caicedo, Juan. Funding Sponsor(s): US Geological Survey (USGS)/DOI.
  • Investigation of the Performance and Benefits of Class F Self Consolidating Concrete. Principal Investigator: Dr. Rizos, Dimitris. Co-Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Ziehl, Paul; Dr. Caicedo, Juan. Funding Sponsor(s): SCDoT/FHWA.
  • Vanadium Steel Non-Standard (not a standard military bridge set) Fixed Bridge Case Study Proposal. Principal Investigator: Dr. Rizos, Dimitris. Co-Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Ziehl, Paul; Dr. Harrison, K. Funding Sponsor(s): Advanced Technology Institute/ DOD.
  • Investigation of the Performance and Benefits of Class F Self Consolidating Concrete. Principal Investigator: Dr. Rizos, Dimitris. Co-Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Ziehl, Paul; Dr. Caicedo, Juan. Funding Sponsor(s): SCDoT/USDOT.
  • Development and Implementation of Staggered BEM-FEM for the Assessment of Vibrations Induced by High Speed Trains. Principal Investigator: Dr. Rizos, Dimitris. Co-Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Caicedo, Juan. Funding Sponsor(s): National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • Research Proposal to Fabricate Test Prototype Span of a New Non-Standard Fixed Bridge System Using Vanadium Microalloyed High Performance Steel. Principal Investigator: Dr. Rizos, Dimitris. Funding Sponsor(s): US Corps of Engineers ERDC Contracting Office/DOD.
  • Behavior of Pile to Pile-cap Connections Subjected to Seismic Forces. Principal Investigator: Dr. Ziehl, Paul. Co-Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Rizos, Dimitris; Dr. Caicedo, Juan. Funding Sponsor(s): SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT)/FHWA/DOT.
  • Self Powered Wireless Sensor Network for Structural Bridge Health Prognosis. Principal Investigator: Dr. Ziehl, Paul. Co-Principal Investigator(s):Dr. Sarah L Gassman Pierce; Dr. Caicedo, Juan; Dr. Huynh, Nathan; Giurgiutiu. Funding Sponsor(s): Physical Acoustics/NIST.











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