Research Areas

Our faculty members and students are actively engaged in research in the areas of bridge engineering, computational mechanics, environmental and water resources engineering, geomechanics and geotechnical engineering, structural and earthquake engineering, and transportation systems engineering.

Research in bridge engineering drives the use of new construction methods, components and materials. Current areas of investigation are Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) in seismic regions using prefabricated segmental construction, multiple-hazard mitigation, and response modification devices.

Research in computational engineering mechanics involves the application of the fundamental principles of solid and fluid mechanics to a variety of emerging engineering problems, using state-of-the-science numerical algorithms and high-performance computing technology.

Research in environmental engineering seeks to better understand the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence the health of our environment and to pursue innovative solutions for its protection.

Research in geomechanics, geotechnical, and geoenvironmental engineering addresses a range of topics, including computational geomechanics, deep foundations, ground improvement, seismic response of soils, liquefaction, and retrofit of foundations, dams, slopes, and retaining walls.

The goal of research in earthquake engineering is to enhance the seismic resiliency of communities through improved engineering and management tools for critical infrastructure systems.

Research in transportation systems engineering focuses on improving the efficiency, safety, sustainability, and resiliency of surface transportation systems. This program integrates research in intelligent systems, advanced computing, hazard mitigation, simulation and econometric modeling.