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Civil and Environmental Engineering: Research Interests

UTEP Office of Research and Sponsored Projects


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.


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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