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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Research


Our faculty are comprehensive engineers and researchers who strengthen our community by combining invention and innovation to find innovative solutions to global challenges.

Greg and Annie Stevens Intelligent Infrastructure Engineering Lab

Department Research Centers and Labs

The Center for Flame Retardant Materials Science is a collaboration between the University of Dayton Research Institute Power and Energy Division and the University of Dayton Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics; and the Department of Chemistry.

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Areas of Research

  • Composite materials
  • Construction engineering and management
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Intelligent infrastructure
  • Structural engineering
  • Transportation and traffic safety engineering
  • Water resources engineering

Faculty Research and Expertise

Dr. Chase has a deep love and appreciation for sustainability efforts with a particular emphasis on water resources. His specialty area is simulating the behavior of large-scale water resource systems in an effort to mitigate the negative effects that humans have on the built environment. He is also interested in the effects of climate change on urban water resource infrastructure systems. Much of Dr. Chase's prior research has focused on minimizing power consumption with a resultant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Dr. Liang’s teaching and research areas are in geotechnical engineering and engineering mechanics. They can be broadly divided into four areas: (a) engineering mechanics, including constitutive modeling, fracture mechanics, vibration theory for nondestructive evaluation (NDE), computational algorithms and pavement mechanics, (b) geotechnical engineering, primarily in the area of deep foundations, slope stability, reliability based design, soil-structure interaction and in-situ testing, (c) natural and geological hazard management and mitigation, and (d) artificial intelligence to enhance intelligent infrastructure design, construction and management. The underlying theme of Dr. Liang’s research lies in developing innovative analysis, design and management methods for constructing new or rehabilitating existing civil engineering infrastructures, ensuring long-term durability and resiliency of the constructed facilities, as well as developing data analytics models for managing geological hazards (landslides, rockfall, shoreline erosion and underground voids) and mitigating the associated risks.

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Dr. Robert Liang, Department Chair

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