Research Highlights

See research accomplishments and recogition of our faculty and students, from honors to publications to sponsored research awards. 

Environmental engineering PhD student Abdulrahman Hassaballah presents research at conference in New York City
Environmental Engineers present solutions to water and wastewater challenges

MS environmental engineering student Kristina Macro, PhD environmental engineering student Abdulraham Hassaballah and environmental engineering undergraduate student Jeremy Nyitrai presented research on water and wastewater at the 2018 NYWEA conference. The group was advised by environmental engineering faculty members Lauren Sassoubre and Ning Dai

Ramla Qureshi stands at the SWE15 event, the world's largest conference for women engineers
PhD structural engineering student receives funding for fire research

Ramla Qureshi, a PhD structural engineering student, working with assistant professor Negar Elhami Khorasani, received an award from the Mark Diamond Research Fund to support part of her research in fire engineering and multi-hazard analysis.

PhD student Ketan Ragalwar stands next to specimen in the earthquake lab
PhD candidate receives research grant from national association

Ketan Ragalwar, a PhD student working with assistant professor Ravi Ranade, received a grant to partially fund his research on concrete filled steel tubes used in bridges and piles in seismically active regions. 

Hospital constructed with a ductile moment resisting steel frame in Christchurch
Christchurch shifts from concrete to steel in post-earthquake rebuild

Michel Bruneau, a Professor in UB's Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering co-authored a reporting highlighting the reconstruction of Christichurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, following a 2010-11 earthquake series. 


PhD candidate Jorge Cueto devised a patent-pending system of telescoping rectangular fiber-reinforced concrete boxes that he hopes will be the basis for "rise on demand" flood walls. 


A UB study involving faculty members Adel Sadek and Qing He examined how weather-related tweets can be analyzed to bolster computer models that recommend safe driving speeds and routes during inclement weather.


A research team led by CSEE Professor Cemal Basaran received a $800,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to develop graphene nanoribbons that may revolutionize how power is controlled in ships, smartphones and other devices. 

Rain rate graph
Wu develops analytical framework to estimate rain rate during tropical cyclones

Teng Wu, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, and his PhD student, Red Snaiki developed an analytical framework to estimate rain rate during tropical cyclones. 

Assistant professor Kamelia Atefi Monfared
Geomechanical effects from petroleum operations substantial on resiliency of offshore platforms

Assistant professor Kamelia Atefi Monfared and her former student Jackub Rybicki published a paper presenting a novel assessment of flow-induced geomechanics in a poroelastic layer. 

Assistant professor Negar Elhami Khorasani
Fire protection for railway tunnels

This research examines the expected struvtural damage in a tunnel during a fire event, and concludes that, although safety may not be compromised, significant damage to the tunnel structure could be incurred.

Professor Andrew Whittaker
Incorporating seismic technologies and nuclear energy

Andrew Whittaker will work with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on the seismic isolation of nuclear power plants and their internal structures, systems and components.

Figure from research conducted by Nirupam Aich and his AichLENS group
Nanomaterials underground and the effect of dimensionality on water treatment

Assistant professor Nirupam Aich and his AichLENSE lab group collaborated with the United States Environmental Protection Agency on projects dealing with nanomaterials

Figure from research conducted by Maria Fedorova, a PhD student in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at UB
Vehicle-track-structure analysis

Maria Fedorova, a PhD student advised by associate professor Sivaselvan, recently presented her research on one of the critical considerations during the design process of rails for high-speed trains.