Research Areas

1. Environmental Engineering – Dr. R. Kommalapati (
  • Energy and Environmental Sustainability
  • Air Quality and Alternate Energy (Biofuels, Wind and Nuclear energy)
  • Atmospheric interactions of fog water
  • Remediation of contaminated soils and sediments using physical/chemical and biological methods
  • Industrial Waste Separations
  • Application of polyaphrons and alumina coated surfactants for treatment of aqueous wastes
  • Fate and transport of contaminants in the environment -sorption/desorption kinetics and the hysteresis
2. Structural Engineering – Dr. Doeun Choe (
  • Hazard mitigation: Natural hazards; Extreme loading (earthquakes, blast/explosion, and wind)
  • Structural safety: Structural reliability/fragility; Probabilistic modeling; Uncertainty modeling
  • Structures of renewable energy facility: offshore wind turbine
  • Life-cycle analysis: Deterioration of structure/infrastructures; Sustainable civil infrastructures
  • Characterizing chaotic/random/uncertain behaviors of structures 
3. Structural Engineering – Dr. R. Radha (
  • Capacity and Performance of Foundations for Offshore Structures
  • Trenchless Technology
  • Aftershock Effects on Structures due to Major Earthquake
  • Nanotechnology to Enhance Concrete Properties
  • Evaluation and Prevention of Microbial Acid-Produced Attack of Concrete
  • Developing Web-Based Introductory Course on Space Exploration
  • Enhancing Education and Careers for Minorities in the Transportation Field
4. Transportation Engineering – Dr. J. Perkins (
  • transportation planning (urban and rural)
  • transportation logistics
  • radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology application
  • emergency management
  • public transportation (urban, rural, and regional)
  • statewide intermodal transportation planning
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications
  • economic assessment of transportation infrastructure projects
5. Water Resources Engineering  – Dr. I. Ahmed (
  • Stochastic Modeling, Risk Management & Scale Issues
  • Stable Isotope Applications in Soil Carbon Loss Monitoring and Sequestration
  • Computation and Applied Hydraulics
  • Water Resources Systems Analyses
  • River Restoration, Sedimentation, Flood Control, and Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Pipe Network Design, Operational Optimization & Energy Efficiency
  • Groundwater Modeling and Solute Transport
  • GIS Applications and Field Methods