Architectural EngineeringArchitectural/Building Systems Engineering research covers topics related to the design and operation of high performance, energy-efficient buildings. It includes experimental and modeling research on thermal and visual comfort, indoor environmental quality, building envelope systems, dynamic faÃ§ades, lighting and daylighting design and control, HVAC and thermal control systems, indoor air quality and ventilation, solar heating and cooling systems, innovative renewable energy technologies in buildings, building energy modeling and optimization, sustainable and green building design.
Research facilities include full-scale research and testing laboratories located at the Bowen Lab and the new Center for High Performance Buildings at Herrick Labs.
Construction EngineeringCEM research includes: Web Critical Path Method (CPM) program; Web CYCLONE program; Construction Safety (CSA and NIOSH organizations); Emerging Construction Technologies; Multimedia Development for Construction; Simulations of Construction Operations; Active Research Capabilities; and Graduate Students' Projects.
Environmental EngineeringResearch and education in environmental engineering covers a wide range of issues, including remediation of contaminated soils and sediments, industrial and solid waste treatment, water and wastewater treatment, air pollution measurement and control, urban and agricultural air and water quality management, understanding the environmental fate of pollutants, and sustainable engineering.
Geomatics EngineeringCurrently three main techniques are represented: Global Positioning System (GPS); Classical Surveys; and Modern Data Collection Techniques-Lidar. Geomatics Research Facilities.
Geotechnical EngineeringGeotechncial research facilities provide means to examine the nature and validity of strength and compressibility theories and their application to stability and settlement analysis.
Hydraulic and Hydrologic EngineeringHydraulic and Hydrology Engineers are involved with almost all aspects of water and water-related works. The scale of problems range from small structures such as culverts to very large dams. The common tasks encountered by engineers in the field are the hydraulic design of structures, implementation of designs, and maintenance of structures. In the academic world, we are also responsible for checking existing designs, and as more data become available, modifying existing design procedures or developing new designs, and transferring new technology to the practitioners. Some examples follow:
- Management of surface water resources: This aspect pertains to development of appropriate rainfall and runoff estimates to design structures, proper drainage of surface waters, and to quantify risk and uncertainty involved with the design.
- Design of water distribution systems: We provide the basic analysis and design of water distribution systems.
- Management of groundwater resources: This involves regulating stream flow, managing groundwater withdrawal strategies for safe yield for agricultural, industrial, and municipal demands so as not to cause adverse effects in terms of depleting stream flows and lowering of groundwater table.
- Water quality issues: Given the close connection between water and environmental issues, engineers work closely with relevant groups to meet water quality standards for lakes, streams and also over watersheds.
- Hydraulics of rivers and open channels: Engineers deal with problems of sedimentation, and the effects of scour on river banks and bridge piers.