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Research Capabilities


Research Capabilities


Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty members are conducting research across five (5) major civil engineering specialty areas:

Environmental Engineering

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

Current research in the area of environmental engineering is being funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) via the Dr. Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence program.  This research is conducted to aid the rehabilitation of sewer infrastructure.  Through AREP, NASA and DOE are funding soil remediation research with respect to petroleum and chlorinated solvent contamination.

Geotechnical Engineering

Subsurface exploration that leads to proper design and analysis of shallow and deep foundations, retaining structures, tunnels, and dams

Structural Engineering

Work in structural mechanics and computational methods, analysis and design of reinforced concrete, timber, and steel structures

Transportation Engineering

Pavement design and microstructure characterization, modeling, simulation and visualization for pavement materials and geo-materials, and composite geo-materials

Transportation research projects - including pavements and concrete applications - are funded by the Louisiana Transportation Research Center, the United States Department of Transportation, the Office of Naval Research, and the United States Department of Defense, via the Army Research Office, as well as the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Water Resources Engineering

Dam safety, streamflow modeling, groundwater pollution control, and runoff calculations using GIS

The United States Bureau of Reclamation is funding dam safety research in the area of water resources engineering.




Faculty Areas of Interest


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


Lawson, Huey, Assistant Professor -

Areas of Interest: Structures, Technology Applications, Multimedia Communications

Huey Lawson's Faculty Profile


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

LINK TO Chukwu Onu Brief


Shin, Alex Hak-Chul, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor -

Areas of Interest: Pavement Design and Rehabilitation, Concrete Material Characterization and Testing, Mechanical Behavior of Bi-material Interfaces, Strain-rate Effect on Material Behavior, Numerical Modeling and Analysis of Material/Structures under Impact/Explosive Loading

Hak-Chul Shin's Faculty Profile


Yin, Hang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor -

Areas of Interest: Size Kinetics and Mechanics of Soft Clays, Low-dimensional Clay-exopolymer Micro Flocs for Energy and Marine Ecosystem Sustainability, Mechanisms of Clay-exopolymer Interactions and Numerical Simulation, Hydrological Modeling, Water Resources Management, Wastewater Treatment

LINK TO Hang Yin Brief