The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department's main areas of research are as follows, including some of the research projects under each concentration:
- Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Research Areas - These include drinking water (treatment processes, plant design, control systems, and optimization), environmental monitoring, pathogen and bioterrorism detection methods, recreational water quality and treatment, UV disinfection, water quality and eutrophication modeling, greenhouse gas emission assessments for wastewater treatment plants, microbial water quality and public health issues, and antibiotic resistance in water and soil environment. See the Infrastructure, Design, Environment, and Sustainabilty (IDEAS) Center
- Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering Research Areas - These include geochemical characterization of a fly ash monofill, carbon dioxide sequestration, municipal solid waste research, studies of the strength of compacted fly ash, Organo-Silane treatment of fly ash, strength characteristics of cement and lime-stabilized soil, and research in soil stabilization.
- Structural Engineering Research Areas - These include Experimental Characterization of Conventional Curtainwall Systems Subjected to Extreme Loading, Full-Scale Blast-testing of structures, building materials reclamation, studies of blast-loading effects on transmission structures, and research on non-destructive evaluation methods for joists.
- Transportation Engineering Research Areas - These include multimodal transportation and shared mobility, big data analytics for transportation, connected and autonomous vehicles, transportation planning / modeling and traffic simulation, traffic safety, and geographic information systems (GIS) research. See the Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education (CAMMSE).