Civil and Environmental Engineering
Graduate instruction and research in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University are focused on three main areas: Environmental, geotechnical and structural engineering. We offer a variety of courses that address the theoretical and practical aspects of these disciplines
. M.S. and Ph.D. students work closely with their faculty advisors to engage in projects such as
- Determining the effect of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on the structure and function of northern hardwood forest ecosystems (part of the Hubbard Brook Long-term Ecological Research project).
- Comparing the performance of aluminum and iron salt coagulants in the removal of natural organic material by water treatment systems.
- Determining how the processing of soil organic matter affects the biogeochemical cycling of elements in a forest ecosystem.
- Improving organic carbon removal in slow sand filtration by coating glass resins with metal oxides/hydroxides.
- Developing methods for improving inter-instrument agreement by particle counters.
- Long-term biogeochemical field studies to evaluate trends in atmospheric deposition, stream water chemistry, and cycling of nutrient elements in a forest ecosystem.
- Mercury cycling in wetland and watershed ecosystems emphasizing the question of how mercury concentrations in fish change in response to changes in the atmospheric deposition of mercury.
- Studying the factors that control nitrate loss from northeastern U.S. watersheds.
- Studying the concentrations and speciation of mercury in Onondaga Lake in Syracuse .
- Studying weathering rates of minerals in forest ecosystems.
- Using computer simulation to predict the accumulation of organic carbon in soil and soil solution chemistry.
- Using molecular biological techniques to assess the diversity and function of soil microbes.
- Evaluation of controls on the water quality of embayments of Lake Ontario .
- Using computer models to predict the response of forest ecosystems to changes in air pollution, climate, and land disturbance.
- Studying the microbial degradation of solvents.
- Using microbial indicators to assess ecosystem stress from acidic deposition.
- Studying the effects of trace metal speciation on enzyme-mediated degradation.
- Studying the chemical and biological response to soil and soil solutions freezing events.
- Numerical and experimental study of geofoam used in civil engineering construction.
- Studying the microstructure of hydraulic properties of non-woven geotextiles under field conditions.
- Characterization of the structure of geotextiles using bubble point and image processing techniques.
- Laboratory and field studies of the use of man-made and natural materials for erosion control
- Application of geotechnical engineering to design and construction of anchor systems for pipelines and tower structures.
- Construction Engineering and Management
Construction Engineering and Management
- Practical application of linear and nonlinear structural theories to study the static and dynamic responses of buildings and bridges.
- Computer aided analysis and design of nonlinear and inelastic structures.
- Analytical, numerical and experimental studies and modeling of steel, concrete and composite structures.
- Studying the effect of earthquakes on buildings and bridges.
- Non-destructive damage detection in structures.
- Seismic design using the performance based concept.
- Numerical and experimental studies of composite materials (e.g., FRP) for use in structural rehabilitation.
- Studying the impact behavior of fiber-reinforced composite materials and structures used in roadside safety applications.
- Construction Engineering and Management
- Infrastructure Systems and Management
- Asset Management
- Green Infrastructure and Sustainability
- Lean Construction
- Accelerated and Fast Track Construction
- Safety and Health Engineering
- Risk Management
- Life Cycle Cost Analysis
- Artificial Intelligence and Automation
- Trenchless Utility Installation
- Heavy Equipment Management
See samples of research projects and selected M.S. and Ph.D. theses.