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Research Capabilities

The Faculty members conduct research and projects in five major sub-discipline areas of civil engineering:

Environmental engineering which includes solid/hazardous waste management, bioremediation of soil and water contaminated with chlorinated solvents and hydrocarbons, in situ treatment of municipal landfill leachate, water supply and treatment, wastewater collection and treatment, air pollution control, air quality monitoring, and atmospheric dispersion modeling.

Geotechnical engineering which involves the subsurface exploration that leads to proper design and analysis of shallow and deep foundations, retaining structures, tunnels, and dams.

Structural engineering which involves work in structural mechanics and computational methods, analysis and design of reinforced concrete, timber, and steel structures.

Transportation engineering which includes pavement design and microstructure characterization, modeling, simulation and visualization for pavement materials and geo-materials, and composite geo-materials.

Water resources engineering which includes safety of dams, streamflow modeling, groundwater pollution control, and runoff calculations using GIS.

In the area of environmental engineering, current research funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) through the Dr. Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence program is conducted to rehabilitate sewer infrastructure. In addition, research funded by NASA/DOE through AREP is performed in the areas of remediation of soil contaminated with petroleum and chlorinated solvents.

In the area of water resources, current research funded by the US Bureau of Reclamation is conducted on dams safety.


Carriere, Patrick Ph.D., P.E, Professor (

Areas of Interest: Water Supply and Treatment, Wastewater Collection and Treatment, Remediation of Contaminated Soils, and Water Resources Management

Selected Publications:

  1. Theegala, C.S., A. Francis, P.E. Carriere, T. Tate, T., A.A. Suleiman, "Influence of Primary Producers on the Desorption Resistant Organic Pollutants in Sediments", submitted to Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. in April 2003.
  2. Francis, A., Theegala, C.S., Tate, T. "Bioavailability and Toxicity of Irreversibly Adsorbed Phenanthrene to Three Species of Microalgae", Transactions of the National Institute of Science, V38, 23-28, 2002.
  3. Theegala, C.S, Francis, A., Carriere, P. E., and Suleiman, A.A. 2002. "Influence of Microalgal Activity on the Bioavailability of Desorption Resistant Organic Contaminants". Abstract included in "Contamination at Military Installations", Soil and Sediment Contamination, 11(3):385-391.
  4. Theegala, C.S. and Carriere, P.E. 2002. "Phytoremediation of Toxic Metals Using Fast-Growing Microalgae: Uptake, Toxicity and Harvesting". Abstract included in "Phytoremediation" section, Soil and Sediment Contamination, 11(3): 457-464.
  5. Theegala, C.S., Robertson, C., Carriere, P.E., Suleiman, A.A., 2001. Phyto-remediation Potential and Toxicity of Barium to Three Freshwater Microalgae: Scenedesmus subspicatus, Selenastrum capricorntum, and Nannochlorpsis sp. ASCE - Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste Management, Oct 2001, Vol 5, No.4, pp 194-202.
  6. Reed, B.E., G. Roark, P.E. Carriere, Design and Implementation of a Treatment System for an Aluminum Manufacturer's Oily Wastewater, 1998 Pollution Prevention in the Aluminum Industry Workshop, October 1998, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  7. Zhu, X., B.E. Reed, P.E. Carriere, and G. Roark, Investigation of Several Polymers for the Treatment of an Emulsified Oil, Separation Science and Technology, 32 (13), 2173-2187, 1997.
  8. Reed, B.E. W. Lin, P.E. Carriere, C. Dunn, and G. Roark, Treatment of an Oil/Grease Wastewater Using Ultrafiltration l, Separation Science and Technology, 32 (9), 1493-1511, 1997.
  9. Mayer, A., P.E. Carriere and R. J. Mitchell,"Groundwater Quality," Water Environment Research, 68(4) 662-719, 1997.
    " Investigation of Several Polymers for the Treatment of an Emulsified Oil", Separation Science and Technology, 32 (13), 2173-2187, 1997.

Onu,Chukwu, Ph.D., Professor (

Areas of Interest: Biochemical Processes, Biomass Energy Recovery, Landfill Treatment, and Solid/Hazardous Waste Management, Wastewater Treatment Design and Optimization

Selected Publications:

  1. "In-Situ Treatment of Municipal Landfill Leachate", The Journal of Resource Management and Technology, Vol. 22 No.1, 3/94.
  2. "Enhanced Energy Recovery from Municipal WasteBiomass" International Journal of Environmental Issues in Minerals & Energy Industry, vol. 2 No.4 1993, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  3. "Enhanced Energy Recovery from Municipal WasteBiomass in Sanitary Landfill", Journal of Resource Management and Technology, vol. 20, No. 2, June 1992.
  4. "Rapid Stabilization of Municipal Solid Waste". Conference Proceedings of American Society of Civil Engineers, Louisiana Section, April 1992.
  5. "In-Situ treatment of Landfill Leachate". Conference Proceedings of the Eight International Conference of Solid Waste Management and Secondary Materials, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, November 15-18, 1993.


For additional information, please contact:

Professor Huey Lawson

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Southern University and A&M College

P.O. Box 9969

Baton Rouge, LA 70813

Phone: (225) 771-3502
Fax: (225) 771-4320