Faculty and Staff Directory

Theresa M. Ahlborn

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Director, Center for Structural Durability

906-487-2625
tess@mtu.edu
Dillman 108

Teaching Interests

  • Prestressed Concrete Bridges
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Bridge Engineering - Design and Construction
  • Structural Analysis and Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Structural Engineering
  • Prestressed Concrete Bridges
  • Applications of UHPC for Buildings and Bridges
  • Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing
  • Remote Sensing for Bridge Condition Assessment
  • Bridge Inspection with Today’s Advancing Technologies
  • Anchorage and Development of Reinforcement

Yushin Ahn

Assistant Professor, School of Technology

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor, Douglass Houghton Student Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS)

906-487-2445
yahn@mtu.edu
EERC 221

Research Interests

  • Digital photogrammetry and mapping
  • Sensor modeling and calibration
  • Sensory data fusion
  • 3D reconstruction from remote sensing data
  • Glacier dynamics/polar region monitoring
  • Feature tracking (Image matching)

Teaching Interests

  • Surveying/Field practice/Computation
  • remote sensing data fusion
  • Digital image acquisition and processing
  • Adjustment computation
  • Digital Mapping

Bernie D. Alkire

Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2562
balkire@mtu.edu
Dow 865

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Effects of cold weather on performance of transportation materials
  • Geophysical methods applied to transportation problems

Martin T. Auer

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2799
mtauer@mtu.edu
318 GLRC

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Surface water quality engineering

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Engineering approaches to lake and river management
  • Mathematical modeling of surface water quality

Brian D. Barkdoll

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-1981
barkdoll@mtu.edu
Dow 807

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Dam Decommissioning
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Hydraulic Structures
  • River Mechanics
  • Sediment Transport
  • Stream Rehabilitation
  • Sustainability

Jennifer Becker

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2942
jgbecker@mtu.edu
Dow 864

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Biological treatment processes

Research Interests

  • Bioremediation of Contaminated Groundwater Environments
  • Microbial Ecology and Kinetics of Chlorinated Aliphatic Solvent Biodegradation
  • Conversion of Organic Solid Wastes and Cellulosic Feedstocks to Electricity via Microbial Fuel Cells

William M. Bulleit

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2853
wmbullei@mtu.edu
Dillman 201C

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Structural Reliability
  • Probabilistic Analysis and Reliability in Civil Engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Timber Design
  • Advanced Structural Analysis: Energy Methods and Structural Stability
  • Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design

Research Interests

  • Structural Reliability/Probabilistic Modeling
  • Agent-Based Modeling
  • Computational Intelligence Applications in Civil Engineering
  • Philosophy of Engineering
  • Wood Structures and Elements
  • Structural Wood Engineering
  • Load-Duration Behavior of Wood Members and Connections
Amanda Cadwell

Amanda Cadwell

Administrative Aide

906-487-1619
amanda@mtu.edu
Dillman 201A

Qingli Dai

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2620
qingdai@mtu.edu
Dow 862

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Computational analysis for material research: multiscale modeling, finite element analysis, discrete element analysis, constitutive modeling, fracture simulation and molecular dynamics
  • Properties and performance of asphalt mixtures
  • Cement microstructure and concrete durability
  • Self-healing construction materials, alternative asphalt materials
  • Active piezoelectric materials, structural damping control
  • Acoustic emission damage detection, X-ray tomography, imaging processing

Henrique (Kiko) de Melo e Silva

Research Associate

906-231-0456
hademelo@mtu.edu
Dillman 106A

George R. Dewey

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty Advisor, Transportation Enterprise

906-487-2522
gdewey@mtu.edu
Dillman 301B

Teaching Interests

  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Statics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Structural Steel Design
  • Senior Design

Research Interests

  • Pavement Friction and Aggregate Polishing
  • Blended Learning - Strategy and Technology
  • Project-Based and Discovery-Based Learning

Paul V. Doskey

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2745
pvdoskey@mtu.edu
Dow 805

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental chemistry
  • Atmospheric organic chemistry
  • Atmosphere-biosphere exchange

Research Interests

  • Environmental chemodynamics
  • Biogeochemistry

Michael T. Drewyor

Instructor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-3045
mdrewyor@mtu.edu
Dow 861
Rob Fritz

Rob Fritz

Technical Lab Coordinator

906-487-2526
rwfritz@mtu.edu
Dow 107

John S. Gierke

Chair, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2535
jsgierke@mtu.edu
Dow 405

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Hydrogeology
  • Ground water Engineering
  • Contaminant Transport
  • Subsurface Remediation

Research Interests

  • Field performance of air sparging for removing volatile organic chemicals from ground water
  • Volatile organic vapor transport in unsaturated soils
  • Sulfur dioxide interactions with volcanic ash

Veronica W. Griffis

Associate Professor, Water Resources Engineering

906-487-1079
vgriffis@mtu.edu
Dillman 201D

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Probability and statistics
  • Stochastic hydrology
  • Numerical methods
  • Water resources
  • Risk analysis and management

Research Interests

  • Water resources
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Flood frequency and analysis of extreme events
  • Impacts of climate and land use changes

David Hand

Department Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2777
dwhand@mtu.edu
Dow 871

Research Interests

  • Development and application of physical and chemical processes for the recovery, removal, or destruction of organic compounds from air and water streams in industrial processes and the environment

Robert M. Handler

Research Assistant Professor

Operations Manager/Senior Research Engineer, Sustainable Futures Institute

(906) 487-1092
rhandler@mtu.edu
840 Dow Bldg

Links of Interest

Devin Harris

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

  • Structural engineering, with a main focus on bridges and innovative materials for civil infrastructure
Andrea Munoz Hernandez

Andrea Munoz Hernandez

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jacob Hiller

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-3053
jhiller@mtu.edu
Dillman 301H

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Pavements
  • Construction Materials
  • Transportation-related topics

Research Interests

  • Pavement mechanics and the interaction between materials, analysis and performance
  • Sustainable transportation infrastructure

Ralph J. Hodek

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2797
rjhodek@mtu.edu
Dillman 201E

Research Interests

  • Soil mechanics and foundational engineering, concentrating on deep foundations
  • Behavior of mine tailings during deposition and consolidation

David Hokanson

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Neil J. Hutzler

Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Director, Center for Science and Environmental Education

906-487-2194
hutzler@mtu.edu
Dow 811

Research Interests

  • Groundwater contaminant transport
  • Biological and physical processes for aquifer and soil restoration
  • Risk assessments
  • Management of household wastewaters
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Water distribution system analysis
Angela Keranen

Angela Keranen

Administrative Aide

Graduate Program Assistant

906-487-2474
amkerane@mtu.edu
Dow 868

Pasi Lautala

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Director, Rail Transportation Program, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute

906-487-3547
ptlautal@mtu.edu
Dillman 318

William Leder

Roland A. Mariucci Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

906-487-1647
bleder@mtu.edu
Dow 815

Research Interests

  • Public transportation planning and engineering
  • Airport planning and design
  • Railroad engineering
  • Design-build contracting for large transportation projects
  • Project management

Yue Li

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-1485
yueli@mtu.edu
Dillman 201B

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Structural reliability analysis and probabilistic design
  • Multi-hazard risk assessment and mitigation
  • Resilient civil infrastructure and sustainability
  • Effects of climate change on infrastructure risk assessment and climatic adaptation
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Wood engineering
  • Wind engineering

Zhen Liu

Assistant Professor

906-487-1826
zhenl@mtu.edu
Dillman 201F

Teaching Interests

  • Soil mechanics and labs
  • Foundation engineering
  • Numerical simulations (FEM, FDM)
  • Other courses in classical mechanics

Research Interests

  • Multiphysical phenomena: soil freezing, cement hydration, gas hydrate dissociation, carbon sequestration, shale gas recovery, processes in geothermal practice
  • Development and application of innovative sensor techniques
  • Innovative characterization (acoustic, electromagnetic) and advanced mechanics of porous materials (unsaturated soil mechanics, poromechanics)
  • Climatic effects on infrastructure
  • Numerical simulation techniques: Multiphysics and Multiscale, XFEM, SPH

Kris G. Mattila

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2523
mattila@mtu.edu
Dillman 201H

Links of Interest

Alex S. Mayer

Charles and Patricia Nelson Presidential Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-3372
asmayer@mtu.edu
Dow 809

Teaching Interests

  • Groundwater flow and transport and subsurface remediation

Research Interests

  • Numerical and Experimental Investigations of Contaminant Transport in Groundwater Vadose Zones
  • Mathematical Optimization of Groundwater Remediation Systems: Multi-Objective and Uncertainty Problems
  • Surfactant-Enhanced Dissolution of Nonaqueous Phase Liquids in Subsurface Systems
  • Groundwater Flow in a Fault Zone in the Vicinity of Desert Hot Springs, California
  • Simulation of Saltwater Intrusion in the Guaymas Valley, Sonora, Mexico California

Daisuke Minakata

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-1830
dminakat@mtu.edu
Dow 801

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes
  • Environmental Process and Design
  • Computational Environmental Engineering and Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Sustainable water and wastewater treatment and management
  • Development of assessing and predicting tools for water treatment technologies
  • Innovative water and wastewater treatment technologies for energy saving and harvesting
  • Systematic and integrated understanding of water and wastewater reuse
  • Application of computational chemistry and molecular modeling

Amlan Mukherjee

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-1952
amlan@mtu.edu
Dillman 201J

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Planning and decision making in infrastructure system management
  • Develop models and implements simulations that can aid decision makers assess design alternatives and explore what-if scenarios

Thomas Oommen

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2045
toommen@mtu.edu
Dow 401

Kurt Paterson

Adjunct Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Judith A. Perlinger

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-3641
jperl@mtu.edu
Dow 863

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Transport & Transformation of Organic Chemicals
  • Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Air and Water Quality
  • Atmosphere-biosphere Exchange of Chemicals
  • Micrometeorology
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Sustainability
David L. Perram

David L. Perram

Research Engr./Scientist II

Adjunct Lecturer

Laboratory Director

906-487-2713
dlperram@mtu.edu
Dow 812
Julie Ross

Julie Ross

Academic Advisor

906-487-3410
jzross@mtu.edu
Dillman 103

L. Bogue Sandberg

Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-48-2124
lbsand@mtu.edu

Teaching Interests

  • Timber
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Steel design

Research Interests

  • Behavior of elastomeric sealants
  • Behavior of structural glazing curtain wall systems
  • Traditionally connected timber frames
  • Molded wood strand composites
  • Durability of pavement crank and joint sealments
Shelle Sandell

Shelle Sandell

Tech. Commun./Budget Coord.

906-487-1625
rdsandel@mtu.edu
Dow 866

Eric Seagren

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2614
eseagren@mtu.edu
Dow 859

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Environmental biotechnology, including in situ bioremediation of contaminated subsurface environments, monitoring and evaluation of the performance of biological treatment processes, development of in situ biological treatment systems for urban storm water runoff, innovative reuse of waste materials, and in situ improvement of soils properties via microbially-mediated processes.

William J. Sproule

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2568
wsproule@mtu.edu
Dillman 301C

Research Interests

  • Transportation planning
  • Traffic engineering,
  • Airport planning and design
  • Public transit
  • Automated people movers
  • Transportation planning for major activity centers
  • Engineering education

Lawrence Sutter

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Director, MDOT Transportation Materials Research Center

906-487-2268
llsutter@mtu.edu
M & M Building 716

Teaching Interests

  • Materials Characterization
  • Cementitious Materials
  • Concrete & Concrete-Making Materials

Research Interests

  • Materials Characterization
  • Cementitious Materials
  • Concrete & Concrete-Making Materials
  • Concrete Durability
  • Secondary & Recycled Materials

R. Andrew Swartz

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2439
raswartz@mtu.edu
Dillman 201I

Research Interests

  • Application computationally efficient and robust embedded algorithms for monitoring and protection of civil infrastructure assets such as buildings, bridges, pipelines, wind turbines, roadways, and railroads.

Noel R. Urban

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-3640
nurban@mtu.edu
306 GLRC

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Environmental cycles of major and trace elements
  • Sediment diagenesis and stratigraphy
  • Chemistry of natural organic matter
  • Wetland biogeochemistry
  • Environmental impact and fate of pollutants
  • Influence of organisms on the chemical environment
  • Role of chemical environment in controlling populations

Stanley J. Vitton

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2527
vitton@mtu.edu
Dillman 201G

Research Interests

  • Mechanics of seismic signals generated from hydrodynamic phenomena such as the interaction of tornadoes with the ground

David Watkins

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-1640
dwatkins@mtu.edu
Dow 806

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Water resources planning and management
  • Environmental systems analysis
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic engineering
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Engineering economics
  • Numerical methods

Research Interests

  • Watershed modeling
  • Hydrologic frequency analysis
  • Extreme event (drought/flood) damage mitigation
  • Seasonal hydro-climatic forecasting
  • Climate change impact assessment
  • Decision theory and information technology applications in water resources
Vernon Watwood Faculty Photo

Vernon Watwood

Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering

520 289 3710
vbwatwoo@mtu.edu

Research Interests

  • Finite Element Modeling
  • Equilibrium Finite Elements with present emphasis on 3D applications
  • Force Method Procedures
  • Mining Machinery Structural Analysis
Christopher Wojick

Christopher Wojick

Senior Research Engineer, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty Advisor, Green Campus Enterprise

906-487-1623
clwojick@mtu.edu
Dow 814

Shiliang Wu

Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2590
slwu@mtu.edu
Dow 429

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Interactions among climate, atmospheric chemistry, air quality, and land use/land cover
  • Impacts of global change on atmospheric chemistry and long-range transport of air pollution
  • Anthropogenic perturbations to the atmosphere and implications for environmental sustainability
  • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions, especially in the context of global change
  • Impacts of aerosols on the global hydrological cycle

Pengfei Xue

Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

906-487-1837
pexue@mtu.edu
GLRC 317

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Introductory physical oceanography
  • Introductory Hydrodynamic Modeling
  • Marine ecosystem dynamics modeling

Research Interests

  • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • Coupled physical-biological modeling
  • Dynamics of coupled ocean-atmosphere models
  • Ocean data assimilation
  • Estuary and coastal ocean circulation
  • Bio-physical processes in the Great Lakes

Zhanping You

Professor, Transportation Engineering

906-487-1059
zyou@mtu.edu
Dillman 301A

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Pavements and transportation materials
  • Mechanical testing and constitutive modeling of asphalt binders and mixtures
  • Analysis and control of thermal and reflective cracking in asphalt pavement and overlays
  • Micromechanics
  • Finite element analysis
  • Discrete element analysis
  • Constitutive model development, pavement fracture, and instrumentation

Kuilin Zhang

Assistant Professor

906-487-1828
klzhang@mtu.edu
Dillman 301i

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Transportation Network Analysis
  • Operations Research Models for Transportation and Logistics Systems
  • Traffic Flow Theory
  • Travel Demand Analysis
  • Transportation Systems Operations and Control
  • Transportation Planning

Research Interests

  • Dynamic network equilibrium and optimization
  • Modeling and simulation of large-scale complex systems
  • Multimodal transportation systems analysis
  • Freight transportation and logistics systems
  • Data-driven travel behavior analysis
  • Impact of plug-in electric vehicles to smart grid and transportation network systems
  • Vehicle systems dynamics and fuel-efficient driving behavior
  • Railway systems
Qiong Zhang

Qiong Zhang

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering