The institutes and laboratories in the Department bring researchers and engineers together to solve global problems in the natural and built environments.
The Institute of Bridge Engineering (IBE) provides practicing engineers and students the skills and knowledge to advance the nation's bridge infrastructure enterprise. Active researchers within IBE have tackled some of the nation's most pressing issues facing bridge and infrastructure engineers: fires in tunnels, modeling the the impact of different wind events on bridges, various impacts artificial intelligence has on bridges and structural health monitoring, and other aspects of the discipline.
In addition to the active researcher happening at the Institute, IBE also works closely with the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering to prepare the next generation of bridge engineers with its Advanced Certificate in Bridge Engineering. Designed specifically for practicing engineers who want to boost their educational credentials, the certificate program trains students in new construction methods and components, improving seismic resiliency and how to address problems with aging infrastructure.
Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Volume 174, Pages 50-60 (March 2018)
Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
Volume 23, Issue 5 (May 2018)
Published online: February 16, 2018
Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
Volume 29, Issue 12 (December 2017)
Published online: October 11, 2017
The Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics shapes the future of transportation. Transportation, logistics and supply chain management provide the foundational systems to support human endeavors throughout the world.
From a business standpoint, successful logistics and streamlined supply chains help reduce operating costs, improve customer satisfaction and boost and enterprise’s financial position. From a societal perspective, transportation plays an indispensable role maintaining social life and directly impacts quality of life and the environments in which societies live. Effective transportation and logistics is essential.
The Great Lakes Program was established in 1985 to support efforts designed to protect and preserve the Great Lakes Ecosystem. This ecologically and economically important ecosystem is home to more than 40 million people in the United States and Canada. The mission of the Great lakes Program is to coordinate the development, evaluation, and synthesis of scientific and technical knowledge on the Great Lakes Ecosystem in support of public education and policy formation.
RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) Institute is university-wide and interdisciplinary, focusing on complex energy and environmental issues, as well as the social and economic ramifications. It helps develop and coordinate innovative research, education and outreach programs.
The Transportation Informatics University Transportation Center (TransInfo) utilizes a wealth of Big Data (real time traffic data, travel data, remote sensing data, etc.) by employing a wide variety of methods, tools and models, including methods from Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Statistics, and Database Systems.
The Center's research aims to increase the disaster resilience of buildings, bridges and other key infrastructure.. Since 1987, MCEER, formerly the multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCCER) and the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER) has produced over 600 publications that describe the latest research and developments on a wide variety of topics.
The geotechnical testing facilities include automated computer controlled apparatus (GeoComp loadtrac/flowtrac, ELE, Geotest) for consolidation, hydraulic conductivity, residual shear, and stress or strain path controlled monotonic and cyclic triaxail testing; HP network analyzers for material characterization/non-destructive testing; calibration chamber and model test facility for static and dynamic penetration testing, model pile studies, and a laminar box in the UB-SEESL laboratory.
The University at Buffalo's Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL) provides research services for the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, and research and development (R&D) services for industry.