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Melissa Berke WebLink
Assistant Professor
Concurrent Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2011

Molecular paleoclimatology and paleoenvironmental change; Organic and stable isotope biogeochemistry; Paleolimnology and paleoceanography; Tropical climatology and monsoonal systems; Compound specific isotope analysis for paleoecological reconstructions.

Kyle J. BibbyWebLink
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Yale University, 2012

Microbiology relevant to water quality and public health protection. Specific research foci fall include the detection and fate of human pathogenic viruses in the environment, the microbiome of the built environment, and the microbial ecology of fossil-fuel impacted environments, such as produced water from hydraulic fracturing.


Diogo Bolster  WebLink
Associate Professor
Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Chair in Hydrology
Concurrent Associate Professor in Applied & Computational Mathmatics
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, 2007

Environmental fluid dynamics (analytical, experimental and laboratory): transport and reactive flows in heterogeneous porous media; multiphase flows in porous media (related to CO2 sequestration); buoyancy driven flows; mixing; sustainable building ventilation; contaminant transport in low energy ventilated spaces; risk analysis; vortex rings.


Peter Burns  WebLink
Henry J. Massman Professor
Concurrent Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame
Director of the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC)
Ph.D. University of Manitoba, Canada, 1994

Environmental mineralogy; mineralogy and crystallography; mineral crystal structures and crystal chemistry; mineral structural energetics; mineral paragenesis; nuclear waste disposal

Kenneth Christensen
Professor and the College of Engineering Collegiate Chair in Fluid Mechanics
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001

Fluid mechanics; experimental studies of complex flow phenomena relevant to energy, environmental and geophysical applications; turbulent boundary layer interactions with complex topography; turbulence-bedform coupling in both aeolian and subaqueous environments; multi-phase flow in heterogeneous porous media with application to carbon dioxide sequestration and enhanced oil recovery; development of quantitative laser-based diagnostics.

Paola Crippa
Assistant Professor 
Ph.D. Indiana University-Bloomington, 2013

Air Quality and Aerosol Dynamics Modeling, Climate Change, Environmental and Computational Sustainability, High Performance Computing, Remote Sensing, WRF, WRF-Chem, Wind Energy

Kyle DoudrickWebLink
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Arizona State University, Arizona, 2013

Physical-chemical drinking water treatment; sustainable water treatment technologies; photoelectrochemistry; photocatalysis; solar conversion of waste to energy; nanomaterial metrology; fate and transport of nanomaterials in the environment; human health and societal implications of nanotechnology


Jeremy Fein WebLink
Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Science and Technology
Ph.D. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1989

Geomicrobiology; Aqueous environmental geochemistry; Experimental studies of the effects of bacteria on water-rock interactions; Application of chemical thermodynamics to model bacteria-water-rock systems; Metal-organic complexation studies of environmental and geological interest.
Bacteria co-exist with minerals in near-surface geologic systems. We are investigating not only how bacteria influence mineralization, but also their influence on mineral dissolution and contaminant adsorption and transport in the subsurface. We use a range of approaches, from wet chemistry experiments to x-ray absorption spectroscopy to molecular dynamics modeling.


Harindra Joseph S. Fernando WebLink
Wayne and Diana Murdy Professor
Concurrent Professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Ph. D. The Johns Hopkins University, 1983

Fluid mechanics; specifically turbulence in homogeneous, stratified, and rotating flows; double-diffusive phenomena; multiphase flows; oceanic and atmospheric flows, especially boundary layers and transport processes; industrial fluid mechanics; energy storage and extraction, urban air pollution; sustainability engineering, remote sensing.

Alan Hamlet

Alan F. Hamlet

Assistant Professor
Concurrent Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences 

Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, 2006

Surface water hydrology; hydroclimatology and hydrologic extremes; hydrologic modeling; water resources planning and management; impacts of climate variability and climate change on hydrology, water resources, the built environment, and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; renewable energy systems.

Amy HixonWebLink
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Clemson University, 2013

Environmental radiochemistry; actinide chemistry; geochemistry; geochemical reaction modeling; contaminant fate and transport; nuclear fuel cycle; nuclear forensics.


Ahsan Kareem WebLink
Robert M. Moran Professor
Ph.D. Colorado State University, 1978

Aerodynamics; wind effects; fluid-structure interactions; Boundary layer, gust front and hurricane winds; turbulence stochastic simulation; computational wind engineering; wave-structure interactions; natural hazards; liquid sloshing; wind energy.


Andrew B. Kennedy WebLink
Associate Professor
Concurrent Associate Professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. Monash University, Australia, 1998

Coastal engineering; theoretical, computational and experimental techniques for nearshore waves, currents, and storm surge; coastal geomorphology; development and use of remote sensing techniques in the coastal zone.

Kapil Khandelwal WebLink
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2008

Progressive collapse of building systems; investigation of robustness of infrastructural facilities, like bridges and buildings under extreme loading conditions such as impact and blast; constitutive modeling of material behavior at multiple scales; probabilistic vulnerability functions estimation, life cycle and sustainability analysis of infrastructural systems.

Tracy L. Kijewski-Correa WebLink
Associate Professor
Leo E and Patti Ruth Linbeck Collegiate Chair
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2003

Advanced sensing for civil infrastructure assessment, citizen engineering/virtual organizations/cyber-collaboratories, performance of tall buildings, natural hazard assessment and mitigation, engineering empowering development. 


Yahya Kurama WebLink
Professor and Associate Chair
Ph.D. Lehigh University, 1997

Concrete Structures; steel/concrete hybrid and composite stuctures; earthquake engineering and structural dynamics.

George P. MavroeidisWebLink
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. State University of New York, Buffalo, 2004

Engineering seismology, earthquake engineering and structural dynamics, including topics related to mechanics and physics of earthquakes, characterization of earthquake ground motions, deterministic and stochastic ground motion simulations, fracture and frictional processes, seismic hazard and risk analysis, soil-structure interaction, computational modeling, and dynamic response of engineering structures.

Marc Francois MullerWebLink
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2015

Water resources management (particularly in data-scarce developing countries); surface and groundwater hydrology; satellite-based remote sensing; transboundary water allocation; streamflow prediction in ungauged catchments; rural electrification; stochastic modeling; applied statistics; game theory; micro hydropower; infrastructure design; sustainability.


Clive Neal WebLink
Ph.D. University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 1986

Environmental effects of heavy metal pollution; petrogenesis of Large Igneous Provinces; ICP-MS analytical techniques; evolution of the Moon; evolution of Mars; geochemical and environmental consequences of plate interactions; origin of the Solar System.


Robert Nerenberg WebLink
Associate Professor 
Ph.D. Northwestern University, Illinois, 2003

Environmental biotechnology, molecular tools; biofilm processes; biological drinking water treatment; wastewater treatment/reuse; membrane processes; bioremediation.

David H. RichterWebLink
Assistant Professor
Concurrent Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering
Ph.D. Stanford University, 2011

Fluid mechanics; multiphase environmental flows; turbulence in the atmosphere and ocean; particle-laden turbulence; computational fluid dynamics; air-sea exchange processes; transport and turbulence in the high-wind marine boundary layer


Joshua ShroutWebLink
Associate Professor 
Concurrent Associate Professor in Biological Sciences
Ph.D. University of Iowa, Iowa, 2002

Bacterial biofilms; environmental engineering; sociomicrobiology of bacteria in engineered systems and public health; genetics and physiology of bacterial communities; bacterial surface motility; and bioremediation.


Antonio Simonetti WebLink
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Concurrent Moreau Faculty Instructor First Year of Studies
Ph.D. Carleton University, Canada, 1994

Development of analytical protocols for isotope measurements involving either solution mode- and/or laser ablation- multi-collection inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-MC-ICP-MS); Geochemical and radiogenic isotope investigations of alkaline rocks/carbonatites and mantle samples; long-range tracing of atmospheric pollution; strontium isotope studies of teeth from burial sites of Archaeological interest.


Alexandros Taflanidis WebLink
Associate Professor
Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Chair in Structural Engineering
Concurrent Associate Professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 2008

Modeling uncertainty; robust analysis and design of high-performance systems; reliability-based design, life-cycle cost optimization and structural control and health monitoring; protection of base-isolated structures from near-fault earthquakes; applications of mass dampers to offshore platforms; reliability-based optimization of controlled systems; design of a grid of oscillating buoys for wave-energy harvesting; risk evaluation for hurricane inundation.

Ashley Thrall WebLink
Myron and Rosemary Noble Associate Professor of Structural Engineering
Ph.D. Princeton University, 2011 

Kinetic structures for disaster relief; Linkage-based movable bridge forms; Case studies in major works of structural art.

Na WeiWebLink
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011

Environmental molecular biology; Metabolic engineering; Synthetic and systems biology; Overarching research theme is to understand and manipulate microbial processes at the molecular level for environmental engineering applications, with a focus on 1) waste-to-energy and value-added transformation, 2) biocatalysis for water treatment and reuse, 3) biological/ecological effects of emerging and persistent pollutants.

Joannes J. Westerink WebLink
Joseph and Nona Ahearn Professor in Computational Science and Engineering
Henry J. Massman Chairman
Concurrent Professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Concurrent Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics
Concurrent Professor in Computer Science and Engineering
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984

Computational fluid mechanics; finite element methods; modeling of circulation and transport in coastal seas and oceans; tidal hydrodynamics; hurricane storm surge prediction; geophysical turbulence modeling; numerical modeling of the convection-diffusion and Navier-Stokes equations; environmental fluid mechanics.


Edward L. Bensman  
Research Associate Professor
Ph.D. Florida State University, 2000

Physical and dynamic meteorology; numerical weather prediction; high performance computing; spectral and finite difference modeling; mesoscale meteorology; tropical meteorology; cloud microphysics; boundary layer processes; modeling mesoscale meteorological phenomena such as thunderstorms, sea breeze, lake effect, and tropical cyclones; building decision support systems; meteorological instrumentation; data assimilation; satellite and airborne remote sensing.


Dae Kun Kwon
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D., KAIST Korea, 2001

Structural/Wind engineering, Structural dynamics & random vibrations, Wind effects on structures and their applications in codes and standards, Extreme winds and their modeling/simulation: hurricane, thunderstorm/downbursts, Wind tunnel experiment : bridge/building aerodynamics, wind-resistant design, Evaluation/Mitigation of wind-induced motion on structures, Full-scale measurement and structural health monitoring of structures, Web-based on-line processing/analysis/design on civil engineering, Fusion of information technology and civil engineering.


Iossif Lozovatsky
Research Professor
Ph.D. Russian Academy of Sciences, 1975

Physical oceanography; oceanic turbulence, microstructure, fine structure; nonlinear internal waves; ocean and coastal ocean boundary layers; air-sea interaction and corresponding mixing in the oceanic upper turbulent layer; nonlinear internal waves and turbulence in shallow marginal seas; turbulence closure for stratified flows using field data and laboratory experiments.

Ashish Sharma WebLink
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Arizona State University, 2012

Regional climate modeling with focus on land/ocean/lake-atmosphere interactions, lake breeze, urban hear island effects, land data assimilation, hydrometeorological extremes; microscale urban modeling at hyper-local scales (~m scales); assessing climate adaptation and mitigation strategies with focus on urban climate, green and cool roofs, interactions between urban ecology and urban heat island in a changing climate; urban air quality


Damrongsak Wirasaet
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2007

Computational fluid mechanics; numerical modeling of the convection-diffusion and Navier-Stokes equations; discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods; modeling of circulation and transport in coastal seas and oceans.



Elizabeth Kerr
Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2008

Civil engineering materials, Effects of fire on concrete, Rehabilitation of concrete structures.


Stefanie Simonetti
Assistant Teaching Professor
Ph.D. McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 2002

Combined geochemical, petrological and radiogenic isotope investigation of igneous and mantle-derived rocks and their constituent minerals using both ICP-MS and laser ablation-MC-ICP-MS instrumentation.

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Brian J. Smith
Assistant Teaching Professor
Concurrent Assistant Professional Specialist in School of Architecture
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2013

Concrete structures, Innovative structural systems, Earthquake engineering, Retrofit and rehabilitation of existing buildings

Kevin Q. Walsh                                                     WebLink

Assistant Teaching Professor
Director of Minor in Resiliency & Sustainability of Engineering Systems
Ph.D. University of Auckland, 2016

Resilient and sustainable infrastructure, inventory and seismic assessment of masonry and concrete buildings, large-scale experimental testing including the testing of in situ structures, unbonded post-tensioning strand/anchorage systems, and the professional practice of structural engineering.


Adrian Rocha
Assistant Professor: Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame 2012
Concurrent Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Ph.D. University of California, 2008

Biological and environmental controls on ecosystem exchanges of mass and energy at various temporal and spatial scales

David Medvigy
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
Concurrent Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Ph.D.  Harvard University, 2006

The structure, composition, and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems, the discovery of relationships between small-scale spatiotemporal ecosystem variability and large-scale ecosystem properties.

Nicholas Zabaras
Viola D. Hank Professor of Computational Science and Engineering
Concurrent Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Ph.D. Cornell University, 1987

Development of mathematically rigorous techniques for the computational design and control of materials processes including deformation, solidification and crystal growth processes, understanding and controlling the effects of microstructure evolution in material properties.

Adjunct/Visiting/Guest Faculty

Eric Horvath
William Jackson
Kenneth Kemmer
Vilas Mujumdar
Steve Piacsek
Dilkushi Pitts
Brian Tracy 


William M. Fairley, Professor Emeritus 
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1962

Robert L. Irvine, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Rice University, 1969

Lloyd Ketchum, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1972

David Kirkner, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1979

Kenneth R. Lauer, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1960

Jerry J. Marley, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1969

Patricia A. Maurice, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D, Stanford University

Rev. James A. Rigert, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1972, and Texas A&M University, 1980

Stephen E. Silliman, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Arizona, in 1981 and 1986

James I. Taylor, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1965