Research Projects

Coastal Engineering

  • Development of marine renewable energy systems to harvest energy from waves and tides
  • Development of new parameterizations for the prediction of stratified shear turbulence and mixing, with a particular emphasis on coastal turbulence
  • Investigation of sediment transport, deposition, and storage processes in estuaries and the coastal ocean
  • Use of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) to measure oceanographic quantities and fate/transfer processes in the coastal ocean

Environmental Engineering

  • Physico-chemical treatment processes in hazardous waste decontamination systems
  • Mathematical modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport systems
  • Process modeling of water/wastewater treatment systems

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Field testing of innovative technologies for measuring contaminants in groundwater
  • Measuring fundamental soil properties in the laboratory and in the field
  • Use of recycled materials in various construction projects
  • Soil-geosynthetic systems

Structural Engineering

  • Computational solid and structural mechanics (
  • Imperfection-sensitivity and nonlinear behavior of thin-walled structures
  • Dynamics of structure-equipment interactions
  • Mechanics of heterogeneous and composite materials

Transportation Engineering

  • Superpave Implementation in Massachusetts
  • Evaluation of the Road System in Massachusetts
  • Designing Level Two Multi-use trails

Water Resources Engineering

  • Assessment of potential impacts to river and public surface water supply systems due to green house gas emission induced climate change
  • Development of modular low-head hydropower systems
  • Development of statistical models to generate daily streamflow time series at ungaged sites
  • Development of statistical models to estimate the elasticity of streamflow to land development or green house gas induced climate change
  • Investigation of sediment transport, deposition, and storage processes in tie channel ponds adjacent to major river systems