From sustainable water to sustainable structures, our research areas are wide-ranging and interdisciplinary with the goal of improving lives and preparing for the future.
Water Security & Sustainable Water Management
Sustainable water means a nation can be water self-sufficient, ensuring enough water to meet multiple needs from agricultural to municipal and industrial. Advanced technologies, such as nano and bio, are important as we go into the future
Resilient Urban Infrastructure
A resilient infrastructure system is able to absorb, adapt to and recover from a disturbance or extreme event. Planning and management of resilient systems require innovations in monitoring, modeling, design and optimization. A good example includes the Galveston Bay Park Plan.
Multi-Scale Mechanics & Dynamics of Structures
Designing and protecting current structures, or enabling smart systems of the future, requires fundamental understanding of dynamic behavior and mechanics at multiple scales.
Energy & the Environment
An interdisciplinary field of study that addresses impacts on air quality, climate, and natural disaster associated with the energy industry. Fossil fuels, wind, solar, and battery research are all parts of the future American landscape.
Cities of the Future
Civil and environmental engineers play a key role in envisioning and enabling the transformation of future cities and their complex urban systems to improve the quality of life of inhabitants under the influence of multiple stressors.