Joseph V. Sinfield

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP G231
Phone: (765) 496-2742

Specialty Area(s)

Research Summary

    Sensing in civil and geoenvironmental engineering:
  • Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy for geoenvironmental sensing

  • Understanding nitrogen cycle inefficiencies in the soil and water environment using in-situ sensing techniques

  • Assessing biodegradation potential and progress for monitored natural attenuation of chlorinated solvents in groundwater

  • Economic and technical benefits of real-time rolling resistance measurement for haul road vehicles

  • Prevention of sensor bio-fouling during in-situ freshwater analyses

  • Examination of subsurface pavement drainage conduits using GPR

  • Assessment of high molecular weight organic compounds by LED-induced fluorescence

  • Pore fluid engineering for liquefaction remediation

    Innovation and business management:
  • Managing the inherent uncertainty of developing new innovations and encouraging their adoption

  • Evaluation of case-based teaching methods as a means to develop entrepreneurial skills and mindset among engineering students

  • Company level liquidity assessment and financial decision making for construction contractors

  • Strategic development of high-performance teams in large-scale construction projects

  • Developing a process to manage identify, prioritize, and adopt new technologies in departments of transportation

  • Business model innovation

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997
M.S.C.E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994
B.S.C.E., Bucknell University, 1992

Honors & Awards
2010     National Academy of Engineering-U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Invitee

2009     3M Innovation Influencer

2009     Keynote - Headstrong Innovation Forum (Tokyo, Japan)

2008     Keynote - Utility Executives Leadership Institute (Santa Fe, NM)

2007     Keynote - Utility Executives Leadership Institute (Pinehurst, NC)

2006     Keynote - Business Innovation Factory (Providence, RI)

2006     Keynote - Lab Products Association (Baltimore, MD)

2005     Keynote - Near Field Communication Forum (Dallas, TX)


  • Sinfield, J.V., Fagerman, D. and Colic, O. "Evaluation of Sensing Technologies for On-the-Go Detection of Macro-Nutrients in Cultivated Soils," Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, v, 70, n. 1, 1-18, 2010.

  • Sinfield, J.V., Colic, O., Fagerman, D. and Monwuba, C. "A Low-cost Time-resolved Raman Spectroscopic Sensing System Enabling Fluorescence Suppression," Applied Spectroscopy, v. 63, n. 2, 201-210, 2010.

  • Sinfield, J.V., Hemond, H.F., Germaine, J.T., Johnson, B., and Bloch, B., "Contaminant Detection, Identification, and Quantification Using a Microchip Laser Fluorescence Sensor," ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, v.133, n. 3, 346-351, 2007.

  • Dunston, P.S., Sinfield, J.V., Lee, T.Y., "Technology Development Decision Economics for Real-time Rolling Resistance Monitoring of Haul Roads," ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, v. 133, n. 5, 393-402, 2007.

  • Anthony, S.D., Johnson, M. W., Sinfield, J.V., "Institutionalizing Innovation," Sloan Management Review, v. 49, n. 2, 45-50, Winter 2008.

  • Anthony, S.D., Johnson, M.W., Sinfield, J.V., Altman, E.J., The Innovator's Guide to Growth - Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work, Harvard Business Press, 2008, 299 p. (translated into Japanese (October 2008), Mandarin (December 2008), and Polish (March 2010)).