Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty Directory

Audra Morse, PE, BCEE, F.ASCE

  • Department, Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Built World Enterprise

Research Interests

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

Theresa M. Ahlborn, PE

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Director, Center for Structural Durability

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

Lynn A. Artman

  • Professor of Practice, Construction Management
  • Program Chair, Construction Management

Research Interests

  • Risk Management
  • Construction Contracts and Law
  • Green building design—LEED
  • Lean construction
  • Energy efficiency

Teaching Interests

  • Construction contracts
  • Construction finance and accounting
  • Construction project management
  • Design-build project delivery
  • Enterprise (Efficiency through Engineering and Construction—ETEC)
  • Planning and scheduling

Brian D. Barkdoll, PE

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

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, PE

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

John P. Daavettila, PE

  • Associate Professor, Construction Management

Research Interests

  • Construction management techniques

Teaching Interests

  • Basic construction materials
  • Construction cost estimating
  • Construction quantity survey
  • Statics and strengths of materials
  • Structural analysis and design

Qingli Dai

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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 characterization.

Daniel M. Dowden, PE, SE

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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, PE, PS

  • Professor of Practice, Construction Management
  • Roland A. Mariucci Professor of Practice, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor: Associated Schools of Construction (ASC); Men's Club Ice Hockey Team (Wolfpack) and Roller Hockey Team

Teaching Interests

  • Estimating software and automating
  • Structural steel, concrete, masonry and timber
  • Project delivery systems

Research Interests

  • Construction estimating
  • Project delivery systems
  • Building construction methods and materials
  • Building utility systems
  • Structural design -- steel, concrete, masonry, timber
  • Senior design (capstone classes)
  • Professional practice
  • Boundary surveying
  • Land subdivision and planning

Joseph Foster, PS, PLS

  • Professor of Practice, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to land surveying
  • Route and construction surveying
  • Survey field practice
  • Professional practice review

Jacob Hiller

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Pavements
  • Construction Materials
  • Transportation-related topics

Research Interests

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

Jeffery Pereira Hollingsworth

  • Professor of Practice, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

  • UAV Uses and Geomatics Applications
  • Spatial Data Adjustments
  • Multibeam/Single Beam Hydrographic Surveying and Bathymetric Surveys
  • Boundary Determinations and Legal Principles
  • Terrestrial LiDAR integration and GIS

Pasi Lautala, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Director, Rail Transportation Program, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute

Eugene Levin, CP

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Director, Integrated Geospatial Technology Graduate Program
  • Faculty Advisor, Digital Mapping Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Integrated geospatial technologies for sustainable development
  • Mobile mapping platforms for geographical and environmental studies
  • SAR- and LIDAR-based remote sensing and GIS
  • Geosensorics, real-time networks of geosensors
  • Human-computer symbiosis for knowledge extraction and expertise transfer
  • Visual perception in remote sensing and GIS
  • 3-D geospatial visualization and augmented reality
  • Visual and automated feature extraction in multispectral and hyperspectral image interpretation
  • Geospatial-sensor modeling and calibration
  • Image processing and automated feature extraction from aerial and satellite imagery
  • Automated systems for vision-based autonomous navigation and control of manned/unmanned robotic platforms
  • Image fusion and analysis
  • Photogrammetry of aerial and high-resolution satellite imagery

Teaching Interests

  • Earth observation systems
  • Geodesy
  • Photogrammetry
  • Geospatial technologies, data, and systems
  • Global positioning systems
  • Remote sensing
  • LIDAR-, SAR-/InSAR-based remote sensing
  • Geospatial 3-D visualization
  • Geospatial imaging: perception and interpretation
  • Introductory and advanced GIS
  • Spatial analysis and modeling
  • Spatial decision support
  • Cartography and cybercartography

Zhen Liu, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Teaching Interests

  • Soil mechanics and labs
  • Foundation engineering
  • Numerical simulations (FEM, FDM)
  • Multiphysics in Porous Materials

Research Interests

  • Multiphysical phenomena: soil freezing, cement hydration, gas hydrate dissociation, energy geotechnics, electrokinetics, electromagnetics in soils, and soil-structure-fluid interaction
  • Advanced soil mechanics: stress formulation, soil wetting, adsorption, non-isothermal soil mechanics, phase change, and soil behavior under extreme conditions
  • Geo-sensing with innovative sensor techniques (acoustic, electromagnetic) and geo-intelligence with machine learning (intelligent geo-systems, data-driven geotechnics)
  • Numerical simulation techniques: multiphysics, molecular dynamics, multiscale-driven multiphysics, XFEM, SPH

Kris G. Mattila, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Construction Management

Links of Interest

Ronald M. Mauno

  • Senior Lecturer, Construction Management

Research Interests

  • Modeling wastewater-treatment plants
  • New building products/projects

Teaching Interests

  • Construction safety management
  • Introduction to construction management
  • Introduction to surveying
  • Site planning and development
  • Professional practice seminar

Alex S. Mayer, PE

  • Charles and Patricia Nelson Presidential Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • University Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

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

Cory P. McDonald

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Surface Water Quality Engineering

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Aquatic-terrestrial connectivity and landscape-scale drivers of water quality
  • Water quality modeling
  • Carbon cycling and ecosystem metabolism
  • Nutrient biogeochemistry

Daisuke Minakata

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of Physics

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

Stephen M. Morse, PE

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

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, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Construction Management

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

Judith A. Perlinger

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

Eric Seagren, PE

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Biological Sciences

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.

R. Andrew Swartz, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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

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, PE

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

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

David Watkins, PE

  • Distinguished Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

Melanie Kueber Watkins, PE

  • Research Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • River and floodplain hydraulics
  • Water/waste water/storm systems design
  • International senior design
  • Pavement materials
  • Statics

Research Interests

  • Water management structure design for highways, industrial developments: culverts, bridge openings, storm sewers, in-line detention/ponds, floodway/floodplain mitigation
  • Sanitary sewer force main rehabilitation rehab research & design including pump station evaluations
  • Testing and characterization of pavement materials for beneficial reuse
  • Existing method testing/performance research to improve/design standard tests
  • Gravel/paved road condition assessment/asset management

Veronica L. Webster, PE

  • Associate Professor, Water Resources Engineering

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

Shiliang Wu

  • Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Director, Numerical Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Great Lakes Research Center

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

Zhanping You, PE

  • Distinguished Professor, Transportation Engineering

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

  • Design, construction, and maintenance of pavements

  • Micromechanics, micromechanical modeling of geotechnical materials

  • Discrete element modeling and finite element modeling techniques
  • Construction materials: asphalt, aggregate, asphalt concrete

  • Alternative materials for civil engineering: bio asphalt, nano materials in asphalt

  • Recycled materials for civil engineering

Kuilin Zhang

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Computer Science

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Transportation Network Analysis
  • Traffic Flow Theory
  • Travel Demand Analysis
  • Transportation Systems Operations and Control
  • Transportation Planning
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Optimization Methods

Research Interests

  • Data-driven optimization and control models for connected and automated vehicles (CAVs)
  • Big traffic data analytics using machine learning
  • Mobile and crowd sensing of dynamic traffic systems
  • Dynamic network equilibrium and optimization
  • Modeling and simulation of large-scale complex systems
  • Freight logistics and supply chain systems
  • Impact of plug-in electric vehicles to smart grid and transportation network systems
  • Interdependency and resiliency of large-scale networked infrastructure systems
  • Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANETs)
  • Smart Cities
  • Cyber-Physical Systems