Solutions for the Future
The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering prides itself on its outstanding research history and current efforts. Faculty members in the department take on a wide variety of research topics, many of which are cross-disciplinary in nature. The department is involved with the KU Transportation Research Institute, the Infrastructure Research Institute, and the KU Center for Research, among others. The department's faculty and students are creating new boundaries for technological capabilities as they provide solutions for the world.
Areas of research interest/expertise include construction and safety, construction management, power systems, lighting, structural analysis and design, building energy analysis and management, green buildings, materials science, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), indoor air quality, solar energy, automatic controls, and fire protection, for example.
For more information about architectural engineering research, visit the web pages of these faculty:
Recent research topics include rapid bridge replacement techniques, highway work zone safety, emerging technology applications, international construction management, construction management, information technology, sustainable development and construction, knowledge management, quality management and control, productivity management, organizational development, construction safety, contracting methods, project management, performance evaluation, organizational development, and total quality management.
For more information about the construction topics, visit the web pages of these faculty:
Geotechnical and Materials
Recent research topics include geosynthetics, ground improvement, earth retaining structures, pile foundations, pipe-soil interaction, geomechanics, soil modification/stabilization using lime and fly ash, geographic information systems/site investigation, quality measurement of lime stabilized soil and HMA using nondestructive methods, recycled asphalt pavements, and pavement design.
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Recent areas of interest include structural analysis and design, structural mechanics and engineering materials. Areas of strength include reinforced concrete behavior and design, structural steel design, seismic performance, concrete materials, fiber-reinforced composites, structural analysis, expert systems, and fracture mechanics.
For more information about the structures topics, visit the web pages of these faculty:
- Caroline R. Bennett, Ph.D., P.E.
- William N. Collins, Ph.D.
- Masoud Darabi, Ph.D.
- David Darwin, Ph.D., P.E.
- Andres Lepage, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.
- Rémy Lequesne, Ph.D., P.E.
- Jian Li, Ph.D.
- Matt O'Reilly, Ph.D., P.E.
- Elaina Sutley, Ph.D.
Emphasized are civil engineering applications of hydrology and fluid mechanics, environmental science, and interdisciplinary studies in groundwater, water quality, and water resources policy and planning.
For more information about the water resources topics, visit the web pages of these faculty:
Topics of recent interest include pesticide runoff, hydrometeorology, removal of soluble organic contaminants, disinfection byproduct formation, green technology, bioremediation, biotechnology, biological water and waste treatment, applied microbiology, acid rain, endocrine system disruptors, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, lake and reservoir management, and the effects of land use on water quality.
For more information about the water quality topics, visit the web pages of these faculty:
- Justin Hutchison, Ph.D.
- Belinda S.M. Sturm, Ph.D.
- Edward (Ted) F. Peltier, Ph.D.
- Stephen J. Randtke, Ph.D., P.E.
Wastewater process technologies
Topics of recent interest include bioremediation, applied microbiology, removal and effects of pharmaceuticals in wastewater treatment, biofuel production, permeable barriers, and bio- and green technologies.
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Topics of recent interest include toxic air pollutants, remote sensing of vehicular emissions, low-emission vehicles, hydrometeorology, aerosol science, and acid rain.
For more information about the air quality topics, visit the web pages of these faculty:
The area combines course work with stimulating and relevant research work. Both urban and rural environmental aspects of transportation are presented, as is the systems approach to transportation planning, traffic engineering, and other transportation engineering activities.
For more information about the transportation topics, visit the web pages of these faculty: