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

Links of Interest

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

Zeyad T. Ahmed

  • Research Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Senior Environmental Engineer, Saudi Aramco
248-906-2932
Cell: 906-231-5081
ztmahmou@mtu.edu

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Processes Engineering (graduate class)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Design Project
  • Environmental Processes and Simulation
  • Chemical processes, water chemistry
  • Lake Superior Ecology

Research Interests

  • Advanced water treatment and removal of VOCs from water.
  • Advanced wastewater treatment systems, and oil/water separation.
  • Environmental processes with focus on adsorption behavior and characterization.
  • Chemical/Physical processes simulation and modeling.
  • Sustainable and renewable energy systems and sustainable materials for infrastructure.
  • Energy and materials recovery from waste and wastewater.
  • Cross- disciplinary research between environmental, civil and material engineering.
  • MS Studies: The effect of inorganic shocks (NaCl) on the efficiency of aerobic biological treatment.
  • MS Studies: Development of photocatalysts for the production on hydrogen from sunlight and water.
  • PhD Studies: Quantification of the adsorption capacity of air entraining additives on fly ash to develop new standards and test procedures that can be used to assess the usability of fly ash in concrete.

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 Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-2799
mtauer@mtu.edu
GLRC 318

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

  • 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
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
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

Joan Chadde-Schumaker

  • Director, Center for Science and Environmental Outreach
  • Instructor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Great Lakes education and stewardship
  • Watershed management ; stream monitoring
  • Environmental education
  • Elementary engineering and STEM education
  • K-12 science education
  • K-12 teacher professional development
  • Communicating Science to a lay audience

Tim Colling

  • Director, Center for Training & Technology
  • Staff, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-3354
tkcollin@mtu.edu
Dillman Hall 309
Lisa Cunard

Lisa Cunard

  • Staff Assistant
906-487-3645
lacunard@mtu.edu
Dillman 201L

Qingli Dai

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-2620
qingdai@mtu.edu
Dow 805

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Matrix structural analysis, Finite element analysis, Civil engineering materials and Computational transportation materials

Research Interests

  • Computational analysis for material research: multiscale modeling, finite element analysis, discrete element analysis, multiphysical modeling, fracture simulation and molecular dynamics
  • Self-healing and accelerated healing of asphalt mixtures, micromechanical modeling
  • Internal curing concrete, early-age properties and concrete durability
  • Self-healing construction materials, alternative and sustainable infrastructure materials
  • Active-material actuator design, wind-structure interaction, vibration reduction
  • Acoustic and ultrasonic measurement, advanced X-ray and neutron scattering charaterization

George R. Dewey

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-2522
gdewey@mtu.edu
Dillman 301B

Links of Interest

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

Daniel M. Dowden

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-2737
dmdowden@mtu.edu
Dow 808

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Earthquake engineering
  • Structural dynamics
  • Steel design
  • Reinforced concrete design
  • Structural analysis

Research Interests

  • Earthquake engineering
  • Self-centering systems
  • Resilient infrastructure
  • Structural control
  • Nonlinear response of steel structures due to extreme loadings
  • Experimental testing using static, pseudo-dynamic, and dynamic methods

Michael T. Drewyor

  • Roland A. Mariucci Distinguished Practitioner in Residence
906-487-3045
mdrewyor@mtu.edu
Dow 861

Henrique (Kiko) de Melo e Silva

  • Research Engineer I
906-231-0456
hademelo@mtu.edu
Dillman 106A
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
  • Affiliated Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-2535
jsgierke@mtu.edu
Dow 631

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

Chris Gilbertson

  • Associate Director, Center for Training & Technology
  • Staff, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-2102
cggilber@mtu.edu
Dillman Hall 305

David Hand

  • 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, Chemical Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Operations Manager/Senior Research Engineer, Sustainable Futures Institute
906-487-3612
Robert M. Handler
Dow Building 840

Research Interests

  • Sustainable water and energy systems
  • Life-cycle assessment
  • Biofuels
  • Aquaponics and hydroponics
  • Sustainable manufacturing processes
  • Nanoscale materials
  • Iron chemistry
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Natural resource economics
Andrea 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 Emeritus, 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

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

Melanie Kueber Watkins

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

Links of Interest

Pasi Lautala

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Director, Rail Transportation Program, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute
906-487-3547
ptlautal@mtu.edu
Dillman 318

William Leder

  • Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-1647
bleder@mtu.edu
Dow Building 815

Research Interests

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

Zhen Liu

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
906-487-1826
zhenl@mtu.edu
Dillman 201F

Links of Interest

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

Links of Interest

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
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
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

Audra Morse

  • Department, Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-3240
anmorse@mtu.edu
Dow 871

Research Interests

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Water reclamation systems and Fate of personal products in treatment systems

Stephen M. Morse

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
906-487-3241
smmorse@mtu.edu
Dillman 201E

Research Interests

  • Window Glass Strength Design
  • Wind loads on Structures
  • Finite Element Modeling of Brittle Materials
  • Large Scale Data Processing and Data Mining

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

Dave Nelson

  • Senior Research Engineer, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-1734
dannelso@mtu.edu
Dillman 301

Research Interests

  • Rail Activities
  • Railroad Crossing Research

Teaching Interests

  • Railroad Engineering
  • Rail Seminar
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Senior Design

Thomas Oommen

  • Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-2045
toommen@mtu.edu
Dow Building 401

Teaching Interests

  • Computer Methods in Geomechanics
  • Computational Geoscience
  • Remote Sensing for Geotechniques
  • Geostatistics and Data Analysis
  • Engineering Geology and Geoinformatics

Research Interests

  • Liquefaction susceptibility evaluation at local and regional scales using in-situ measurements and remote sensing observations
  • Estimating liquefaction induced damage such as lateral spread displacement
  • Transportation Geotechniques
  • Documenting earthquake induced damages, especially liquefaction using aerial/satellite images that are sensitive to surficial moisture
  • Geotechnical asset monitoring

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 Perram

David L. Perram

  • Research Engr./Scientist II, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Laboratory Director
906-487-2713
dlperram@mtu.edu
Dow Building 812
David Perram

David L. Perram

  • Research Engr./Scientist II, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Laboratory Director
906-487-2713
dlperram@mtu.edu
Dow Building 812
Julie Ross

Julie Ross

  • Academic Advisor
906-487-3410
jzross@mtu.edu
Dillman 103

L. Bogue Sandberg

  • Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-2124
lbsand@mtu.edu

Links of Interest

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
  • Affiliated Professor, Biological Sciences
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

R. Andrew Swartz

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer 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
  • Affiliated 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
  • Optimization methods
  • Learning through service

Research Interests

  • Integrated water resources planning
  • Use of seasonal hydroclimatic forecasts
  • Climate change risk assessment
  • Robust decision-making
  • System dynamics modeling
Vernon Watwood

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

Veronica L. Webster

  • Associate Professor, Water Resources Engineering
906-487-1079
vlweb@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
Lloyd Wescoat

Lloyd Wescoat

  • Education Program Assistant & Service Learning
906-487-3341
lwescoat@mtu.edu
GLRC 116
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 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Hydrodynamic Modeling
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • 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

Hyungchul Yoon

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-1032
hyung@mtu.edu
Dillman 201B

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Structural Analysis
  • Matrix Structural Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics

Research Interests

  • Smart Sensing Technology
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Post Disaster Response
  • Smart City Resilience
  • Utilizing commercial off-the-shelf technologies (ex. smartphones, cameras, and UAVs) for civil engineering applications

Zhanping You

  • Professor, Transportation Engineering
906-487-1059
zyou@mtu.edu
Dillman 301A

Teaching Interests

  • Pavement design and analysis
  • Civil engineering materials
  • Bituminous materials
  • Sustainable pavement engineering
  • Advanced asphalt materials
  • Pavement mechanics
  • Simulations and modeling of pavement materials

Research Interests

  • Pavements and transportation materials
  • Nano materials
  • Modified asphalt
  • Bio asphalt
  • Recycled materials for civil engineering application
  • Mechanical testing and constitutive modeling of asphalt binders and mixtures
  • Micromechanics
  • Finite element analysis
  • Discrete element analysis

Kuilin Zhang

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
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