Research

We have focused our research efforts into four dominant areas, summarized below. All department affiliated laboratories, centers, and research groups fall in one of more of these categories.

Sustainable Development

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Sustainability in the context of civil engineering targets long-term viability of natural resources and engineered civil systems

Faculty:

George Ban-Weiss: Research Group
Burcin Becerik-Gerber: Innovation in Integrated Informatics (i-LAB)
Felipe de Barros
Kelly Sanders: Sanders Sustainable Systems Group (S³)
Constantinos Sioutas: Aerosol Lab
Lucio Soibelman: Innovation in Integrated Informatics (i-LAB)
Costas Synolakis: Tsunami Research Center
Qiming Wang: Materials and Structures Laboratory

Water Quality, Access, and Distribution

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One of the great challenges facing the world now is providing an adequate supply of potable water, considering population growth and climate variability.

Disasters and Extreme Events

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Both natural (e.g. earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, climate change) and man-made (e.g. terrorist attacks, engineering failures, industrial accidents) disasters encompass the focus here. Research and education in this area includes all aspects of an event, from a fundamental understanding of the physical processes controlling its evolution to the resulting environmental and social reaction.

Coupling of Complex Systems

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Most natural and engineered systems are known to be complex, defined as systems characterized by their display of patterns of structure or behavior at one level of system organization that are diagnostic of interactions among parts of the system at other levels. Furthermore, individual systems do not exist in a vacuum. Transportation, critical infrastructure, and security, for example, all represent distinguishable complex systems, yet all must be in some way coupled. These couplings can be nonlinear and difficult to quantify. Efforts aim to integrate research across the Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, as well with all outside disciplines that interact with civil systems.

Faculty:

Burcin Becerik-Gerber: Innovation in Integrated Informatics (i-LAB)
Bora Gencturk: Structures and Materials Research Laboratory
Roger Ghanem
Erik Johnson
Jiin-Jen Lee: Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research
Patrick Lynett: Coastal Engineering Group
Sami Masri
Najmedin Meshkati: Research
Ketan Savla: Research Group
Lucio Soibelman: Innovation in Integrated Informatics (i-LAB)
Costas Synolakis: Tsunami Research Center