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Civil and Environmental Engineering: Research Interests

UTEP Office of Research and Sponsored Projects

Vision:

The vision of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) is to accelerate the research and sponsored program enterprise while adhering to university policies and federal regulations.

Mission:

The mission of the ORSP is to provide the following services:

  • proposal development assistance and training;
  • review and provide institiutional endorsement of all applications for external sponsored funding;
  • review, negotiate, and accept awards on behalf of the University;
  • compliance and post-award monitoring and oversight;
  • maintenance of sponsored project data for the University;
  • coordination of institutional review boards for research with human and animal subjects and for biosafety;
  • management of the University's intellectual property; and
  • promotion of entrepreneurial and commercialization activities.

Please note: The vision & mission statements are from ORSP website.

Research: Civil & Environmental Engineering

Research centers associated with The Department of Civil Engineering

  • Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
  • Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM)
  • Center for Structural Integrity of Aerospace Systems - FAST Center
  • Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS)

Structural Engineering

  • Structural reliability
  • Non destructive testing and evaluation
  • Finite Element Modeling of linear and non-linear systems
  • Structural dynamics
  • Large deformation mechanics
  • Response of structures under shock loading
  • Constitutive modeling of material response

Environmental Engineering

  • Membrane Processes for Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • RO Concentrate Management
  • Water Treatment Process Optimization
  • Disinfection Byproduct Control
  • Characterization of atmospheric aerosols
  • Evaluation of transportation air quality impacts
  • Impact of traffic related air pollution on sensitive receptors
  • Inhalation/exhalation of atmospheric aerosols
  • Ambient air quality monitoring and modeling
  • Surface runoff chemistry as it influences surface and groundwater interaction
  • Release mechanisms for radioactive waste repositories
  • Evaporation and recovery of concentrated brine
  • Monitoring alternatives for disposal and decommissioned facilities

Geotechnical Engineering/Pavement/Materials

  • Nondestructive Testing of Infrastructure
  • Advanced Laboratory Characterization of Civil Engineering Materials
  • Pavement and Geotechnical Field Characterization
  • Pavement Analysis and Design
  • Recycling of Civil Engineering Materials
  • Stabilization of Soils
  • Instrumentation of Infrastructure
  • Quality Management of Infrastructure during Construction
  • Numerical Modeling
  • Developing intelligent computation algorithms (Expert Systems, Artificial neural networks, data fusion)

Transportation Engineering/Operations Research

  • Operations research applications to freight transportation
  • Freight transportation demand analysis and forecasting
  • Use of information and sensor technologies for real-time operations of time dependent freight systems
  • Transportation infrastructure safety and security
  • Supply chain and collaborative logistic modeling
  • Traffic simulation
  • Visualization for transportation planning
  • Public transportation planning
  • New intersection designs (roundabouts and diverging interchange)

Infrastructure and Construction Management

  • Developing of Strategic Plans for Managing Infrastructure
  • Asset Inventory for Infrastructure Management Systems
  • Data Collection Methods to Manage Infrastructure Assets
  • Condition Assessment of Infrastructure Assets
  • Development of Performance Models
  • Forecasting Network Condition of Infrastructure Assets
  • Network Level Needs-Gap Analysis
  • Impact Scenarios Analysis
  • Prioritization of Treatment Needs for Budget Allocation
  • Quantifying Benefits for Trade-off Funding Allocation Analysis
  • Maintenance Strategies to Preserve Infrastructure Assets
  • Value Engineering
  • Life-Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Risk Assessment
  • Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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