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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.

Melissa Berke
Assistant Professor
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.

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Diogo Bolster
Assistant Professor
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.

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Peter Burns
Henry J. Massman Professor
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.

Kyle Doudrick
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

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Jeremy Fein
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.

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Harindra Joseph S. Fernando
Wayne and Diana Murdy Professor
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

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 Hixon
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Clemson University, 2013

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

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Ahsan Kareem
Robert M. Moran Professor
Ph.D. University of Colorado, 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.

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Andrew B. Kennedy
Associate Professor
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.

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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.

Kapil Khandelwal
Assistant 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.

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Tracy L. Kijewski-Correa
Leo E and Patti Ruth Linbeck Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor
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. 

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

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

Kwon_DaiKun

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.

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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.

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Patricia Maurice
Professor and Associate Chair
Ph.D. Stanford University, California, 1994

Field and laboratory based studies of mineral-water interface geochemistry; organic and microbial interactions with mineral surfaces; geochemistry of humic substances; soil chemistry; chemical weathering; hydrology and biogeochemistry of freshwater wetlands; remediation of metal contamination; global climate change.

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

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

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Chongzheng Na
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Michigan, 2005

Nanomaterials for environmental remediation and energy production; mechanism of Nanoscale process and nanomaterial behavior; scanning prove microscopy.

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Clive Neal
Professor
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.

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Robert Nerenberg
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. Northwestern University, Illinois, 2003

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

David H. Richter
Assistant Professor
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

Seymour Spence
Research Assistant professor
Ph.D. University of Florence, Italy, and Technische Universität “Carolo Wilhelmina” of Braunschweig, Germany, 2009

Aleatory dynamics and applied optimization theory to large-scale and uncertain structural systems.

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Joshua Shrout
Associate Professor
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.

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Antonio Simonetti
Associate Professor
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.

Stefanie

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
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2013

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

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Alexandros Taflanidis
Associate Professor
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.

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Ashley Thrall
Cardinal John O'Hara Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Princeton University, 2011 

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

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Sergey I. Voropayev
Research Professor
Ph.D. Russian Academy of Sciences, 1980

Oceanography; fluid mechanics; experimental and theoretical dynamics and interactions of vortex structures in stratified/rotating fluids; analytical solutions for basic structures (dipoles, quadrupoles, their combinations); mathematical and numerical models of vortex structure interactions and experimental verification; applications to geophysical turbulence, oceanic vortex structures, mixing and transport phenomena in stratified/rotating flows, and jet and wake dynamics.

Westerink_Joannes

Joannes J. Westerink
Joseph and Nona Ahearn Professor in Computational Science and Engineering
Henry J. Massman Chairman
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.

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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.

Visiting, Adjunct, and Concurrent Faculty

Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt

Enrica Bernardini

Reneta Dimitrova

Silvana DiSabatino

Eric Horvath

Julian Hunt

Eliezer Kit

Galyna Krylova

Shouke Li

Douglas Schlagel

Steve Piacsek

Cristian Picioreanu

Yongxin Yang

Emeritus Faculty

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

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