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Faculty Research Interests

Dr. Finnie's scholarship includes topics in hydraulics, fluid mechanics, numerical analysis, engineering economics, the history of technology, and teaching hydraulic design.  It has emphasized applications of the finite element method to turbulent open channel flow, and saturated and unsaturated ground water flows.

Professor Fennessey research interests include: developing techniques to provide improved estimates of daily streamflow at ungauged locations in the northeast United States; developing ways to assess the response of lakes and water supply reservoir systems to various perturbations including groundwater withdrawals and potential climate change.  He has conducted research focusing on the development and assessment of technical policy focusing on water resource management and planning for the federal government and several of the New England states.  Funding sources have the electric power industry, towns, various New England states and the federal government.

Professor Miller's research interests include ground modification and soil stabilization technologies, use of recycled materials in civil engineering projects, measuring soil properties in the laboratory and in the field, and development of improved spring load restriction methodologies for New England state DOTs.  Her research has been funded by federal (FHWA, NSF), regional (NETC) and state agencies (MassHighway, CCFRED, STEP, etc.).

Professor Mogawer’s research background and expertise is in the design and evaluation of transportation materials.  Currently, Dr. Mogawer’s research focus areas include: the design and performance evaluation of hot mix asphalt and warm mix asphalt mixtures, optimizing the amount of recycled and reclaimed materials in asphalt paving mixtures,  development of sustainable and environmentally conscious pavement preservation and rehabilitation strategies, evaluation and analysis of the fracture characteristics of asphalt paving mixtures using fracture mechanics and continuum damage theory, exploring the impact of polymer modified asphalt binder on the performance of asphalt paving mixtures, assisting municipalities in developing their pavement management systems, asphalt paving mixture workability, and pavement design.  His research has been funded by federal (NSF, FHWA, FAA), regional (NETC), state (MassDOT), municipalities (Town of Wellesley), and private industry.

Professor Rahbar research interests include Adhesion, Bioinspired Design of Materials, Computational Mechanics, Eco-friendly Materials, Functionally Graded Materials, Interfacial Fracture Mechanics, Material Design, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Structural Mechanics, and Toughening Mechanisms.

Professor Sengupta's research interests include treatment of wastewater, stormwater, and groundwater combined with reclamation of macronutrients (Nitrogen & Phosphorus);  ion exchange fibers, membranes, and resins to effect trace contaminant removal from drinking water, hazardous waste, and industrial wastewater;  and beneficial reuse of solid wastes.  His research has been funded by federal (NSF, EPA, NOAA) and state agencies (MassHighway, CCFRED, etc.).

M.Sc Theses List:

Academic Year:  2013-2014:

Booshehrian, Abbas

Characteristics of sustainable hot mix asphalt and the effects of rejuvenators on the performance and degree of blending

Advisor: Dr. Walaa S. Mogawer


Gargari, Mohammadreza Moharrami

Geometrical nonlinearity: application in time history analysis of offshore jacket platforms and buckling analysis of thin walled structures

Advisor: Dr. Mazdak P. Tootkaboni


Gharehtapeh, Ali Moradi

Uncertainty and sensitivity of vapor intrusion models using probabilistic methods

Advisor: Dr. Kelly Pennell


Khatami, Dena

Probabilistic modeling of nano-silver reactions in the environmental systems

Advisor:  Dr. Mazdak P. Tootkaboni


Saleeba, Zachary S. S. L.

Inactivation of Bacillus subtilis spores using ultraviolet radiation, ionic silver and silver nanoparticles

Advisor:  Dr. Kelly Pennell


Vahidi, Siavash

Evaluating the effects of crumb rubber modifier (CRM) modified asphalt and dry added treated CRM on performance characteristics of RAP mixtures

Advisor:  Dr. Walaa S. Mogawer


Academic Year:  2012-2013:

Cabral, Christopher S.

Analysis and evaluation of freeze-thaw prediction models for use with spring load restriction application and removal methods

Advisor:  Dr. Heather J. Miller


Valadares, Edson A.

An experimental study on the ductility of the high strength reinforced concrete beams

Advisor:  Dr. Nima Rahbar


Academic Year:  2010-2012:

Haggag, Mohamed Monir Mohamed Said

Fatigue cracking resistance evaluation of warm mix asphalt and hot mix asphalt mixtures using uniaxial cyclic tension compression text

Advisor:  Dr. Walaa S. Mogawer


Academic Year:  2009-2010:

Engstrom, Bryan

Design of high percentage recycled asphalt pavement in hot mixture asphalt with warm mix technology for thin lit applications

Advisor:  Dr. Walaa S. Mogawer


Pandit, Arka

Selective removal and recovery of phosphate from wastewater

Advisor:  Dr. Sukalyan Sengupta


Yao, Yifu

Removal of non-point sources of nitrogen using denitrifying bioreactors with elemental sulfur as electron donor

Advisor:  Dr. Sukalyan Sengupta


Academic Year:  2006-2008:

Dahlen, Colin

Lateral torsional buckling with imperfect bracing

Advisor: Dr. William Edberg


Fahmy, Aly Mohamed

Investigation of material properties of Portland cement concrete combined with recycled asphalt pavement (RAP)

Advisor: Dr. Christos G. Papakonstantinou


Katakalos, Konstantinos

Flexural performance under static and fatigue loading of reinforced concrete beams strengthened with steel reinforced inorganic polymer (SRiP)

Advisor:  Dr. Christos G. Papakonstantinou


Joseph Iccarino

Comparison of Load Restriction Timings using Different Methodologies


Konstantinos Katakalos

Flexural performance under static and fatigue loading of reinforced concrete beams strengthened with Steel Reinforced inorganic Polymer (SRiP)


Eric Andrew Tobolski

Braced Steel Frame, Moment Resisting Steel Frame, Reinforced Concrete, Moment Resisting Frame, Designs of the Charlton College of Business