Joseph V. Sinfield

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Purdue University

Lyles School of Civil Engineering

550 Stadium Mall Drive

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051
Phone (765) 496-2742
Fax (765) 494-0395
Office HAMP G231
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997
M.S.C.E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994
B.S.C.E., Bucknell University, 1992
Specialty Group(s)
Research Interests
    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

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Selected Research Projects
  • National Science Foundation - Geoenvironmental Influences on Raman Spectroscopic Monitoring of Chlorinated Solvents (PI) - January 2010 - December 2011
  • National Science Foundation - Engineering the Pore Fluid of Sands with Highly Plastic Nano-Particles for Liquefaction Prevention (co-PI with A. Bobet, M. Santagata, C. Johnston) - August 2009 - July 2011
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, MIT Sea Grant Program - Enabling high- and low-molecular weight AUV-based chemical analysis: Complementing mass spectrometry with multichannel time-resolved fluorometry aboard the NEREUS/Odyssey vehicle (co-PI with H. Hemond [MIT]) - February 2009 - January 2011
  • Joint Transportation Research Program (INDOT/FHWA) - Non-destructive Evaluation of the Condition of Subsurface Drainage in Pavements Using GPR (PI) - January 2010 - December 2011
  • Joint Transportation Research Program (INDOT/FHWA) - Refine Process to Identify, Evaluate, and Adopt New Technologies and Identify New Proven Technologies for Indiana (PI) - January 2008 - August 2010
  • Purdue Engineer of 2020 Curriculum Development Grant - Seeking "The Innovator's DNA" in Engineering Students (with D. Beaudoin and J. Jones) - Summer 2010
  • Purdue Engineer of 2020 Curriculum Development Grant - Incorporating Entrepreneurial Lessons from the Kentlands Development Case into CE51200 - The Comprehensive Urban Planning Process (with J. Fricker) - Summer 2010