Civil and Environmental Engineering Research Activities
Faculty in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department are heavily involved in Environmental Research in the general areas of water treatment technology, field and laboratory scale remediation of industrial contamination, point and non-point source pollution analysis, water resource systems modeling and management, surface and groundwater studies, environmental safety, risk analysis and environmental fluid mechanics. In addition to environmental research, the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department also participates in energy research. A few of the topics currently being study include bioelectricity production, microbial fuel cells, energy dependence on freshwater, and fossil fuel use for individuals and households.
Research areas include:
- Bioremediation of soil, sediment, groundwater
- Role of iron reducing bacteria on metals and radionuclides
- Researching pollutant and odorant removal from water and air
- Pollution prevention in foundries
- Tailoring of activated carbons for cleaning water and air.
- Aquatic chemistry with an emphasis on solid-liquid interfacial phenomena (adsorption, treatment of acid mine drainage, coagulation in water & redox and precipitation processes).
- Stochastic and numerical modeling of groundwater flow and solute transport
- Modeling large-scale hydrologic systems and space-time dynamical environmental models
- Stratified flows turbulent mixing, coastal processes and wave mechanics.
- Restoration of stream stability and habitat, sediment transport and sediment reduction through erosion mitigation.
- Environmental and chemical transport processes
- Biological wastewater treatment
- Surface water quality modeling
- Chromium (VI) emissions from industrial sources
- Environmental pollution control; solid and hazardous waste management; beneficial use of industry residuals
- Microbiology of wastewater treatment and polluted water
- Acidic mine drainage
- Finite element modeling of coupled hydrolic, geochemical and biological systems
- Bioenergy production
- Microbial fuel cells that directly produce electricity using bacteria
- Microbial electrolysis cells that can produce hydrogen or methane gas
- Power plant management and placement
- Fossil fuel use
- Flow and sediment transitions through bridges and culverts
- Probabilistic Projections of Watershed Services in US Headwaters under Climate Change Scenarios
- Climate Change Impact Assessment for Pennsylvania
- Understanding the Scaling of N Cycle Controls Throughout a River Network