Research Focus Groups
The Environmental Engineering group addresses critical environmental challenges in the areas of sustainable water and energy resources, water and wastewater treatment, and environmental protection in both developed and developing countries. Environmnetal Engineering research focuses on education and research from the nano-scale to the global scale, provided via integration of laboratory experimentation, mathematical modeling, and field investigations.
The Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group develops and applies fundamental knowledge and novel tools to describe atmospheric, surface water, groundwater, and oceanic flow and transport driving mechanisms and their relationship to our global and local environment and our build infrastructure.
Earth Sciences research in the department focuses on the fundamental controls on environmental and geologic processes, with strengths in areas such as geochemistry, mineralogy and petrology, hydrology, geomicrobiology, planetary science and exploration, environmental surface science, and environmental engineering. Research and teaching address a range of societal issues, including but not limited to the fate and transport of surface, soil, and groundwater contaminants; the nuclear fuel cycle; planetary geochemical processes; biogeochemical cycling of the elements; natural and engineered nanoparticles; and global climate change. Integrating advanced laboratory, field, and modeling approaches, Earth Sciences research in the department is highly quantitative and multidisciplinary, with a strong emphasis on integrating from molecular-scale mechanisms to global scale phenomena.
The Structural Engineering group at Notre Dame includes world-class experts in the areas of wind and earthquake engineering, structural health monitoring and control, steel and concrete systems, risk mitigation, extreme loads, stochastic analysis and optimization, and design and optimization of kinetic structures. Structural faculty is involved in cutting edge multidisciplinary research programs that strive to provide better quality of life to all. With their focus on multiple and often interacting hazards (wind and waves, fires and earthquakes, blast and collapse), the faculty work together to develop novel risk mitigation and management strategies & solutions, and to develop innovative infrastructural systems that can withstand multiple hazards, and thus fulfill the needs of current and future generations.