Faculty Research Areas

The faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department are active in funded research activities and thus are in a strong position to support graduate students in conducting world class research in such areas as transportation materials and systems, water and wastewater treatment, hazardous waste decontamination, fate and transport of contaminants, geotechnical engineering, applied and computational mechanics and materials engineering, structural engineering, quantitative engineering sustainability and resilience, hydrology, water resources engineering and ocean engineering. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department maintains Geotechnical, Environmental, Fluid Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials, and Transportation Laboratories for research and educational purposes. Below is a list of CEN faculty and their fields of interest

Asadpoure, Alireza Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2015), BSc 2003 University of Tehran, MSc 2005 Sharif University of Technology, PhD 2011 Johns Hopkins University. Specializations: optimal design of materials and structures, computational fracture mechanics.

Arghavan Louhghalam, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2016), BSc 2000 Iran University of Science and Technology, MSc 2002 University of Tehran, PhD 2010 Johns Hopkins University. Specializations: Solid and fracture mechanics, structural dynamics and stochastic vibrations, quantitative engineering sustainability.


Fennessey, Neil M Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1995), BS 1975, BSCE 1983 University of Massachusetts Amherst, SMCE 1986 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD 1994 Tufts University. Specializations:hydrology, water resources engineering.


MacDonald, Daniel Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2003) BSCE 1992 University of New Hampshire, MS 1996 Cornell University, PhD 2002 Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Joint Program. Specializations: Estuarine oceanography, hydrodynamics, stratified turbulence, environmental engineering.

Miller, Heather J Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1994), BS 1984 Northeastern University, ME 1986 University of Virginia, PhD 1994 University of New Hampshire. Specialization: Geotechnical engineering.

Mogawer, Walaa S (Department Chairperson) Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1989), BSc 1981 Kuwait University, MSc 1984, PhD 1989 University of Rhode Island, Specialization: Transportation engineering.

Sengupta, Sukalyan Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1994), BS 1985 Calcutta University, MS 1991, PhD 1994 Lehigh University. Specialization: Environmental engineering.

Taghavy, Amir Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2015), BS 2003 Amirkabir University, MS 2005 Sharif University of Technology, PhD 2013 Tufts University. Specialization: geoenvironmental engineering, modeling the fate and transport of emerging contaminants, nanotechnologies for subsurface engineering applications.

Tootkaboni, Mazdak Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2010), BSc in Civil Engineering 2000 and MSc in Earthquake engineering 2002 University of Tehran, MSc 2007 and PhD 2009 in Structural Mechanics Johns Hopkins University. Specialization: Computational solid and structural mechanics, uncertainty quantification, data analytics, topology optimization, design under uncertainty.

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