Composite materials have received
considerable attention in recent years because of the specific properties and
characteristics displayed by this group of engineering materials. The
fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite material has been highly successful
in several civil engineering applications due to its light weight, high
strength, and corrosion resistance. The mission of
Green Composite Research Center (GCRC) is to develop fundamental and applied
research for FRP composite materials in all aspects of engineering
applications, and to promote the transfer of GCRC technology for society's
use and benefit. GCRC is also developing a close relationship with industries
and private sectors for potential entrepreneurship program, and to facilitate
a technology incubator between the City of
Water Resources Engineering
Water Resources Engineering is concerned with the analysis and design of systems to control the quantity, quality, timing, and distribution of water to meet the needs of human habitation and the environment. Examples of water resource systems include domestic and industrial water supply, irrigation, drainage, flood control, salinity control, sediment control, and hydropower generation systems. It includes subjects in surface or subsurface (groundwater) hydrology and hydraulics. The research focus of Water Resources Engineering in the Department includes regional hyetograph and unit hydrograph development, storm drainage design method, flood risk simulation, sediment transport, water quality simulation and monitoring in lakes, reservoir, and estuaries.
Environmental Science Engineering
Environmental Science/Engineering is an interdisciplinary field addressing the interactions between human activities and the environment, and the engineering solutions of environmental problems. It deals with the release, transport, chemistry, treatment technologies, and control strategies of pollutants in air, water, and soils. The research focus of Environmental Science/Engineering in the Department includes air quality modeling of tropospheric ozone, particulate matter and air toxins using comprehensive state-of-science Eulerian models, membrane technology in water and wastewater treatment, neural network modeling of dynamic processes, the transport and chemistry of heavy metals in atmospheric and aquatic environments, and water quality characterization of civil engineering works.
Geotechnical engineering is a subdiscipline of civil engineering that involves natural materials found close to the surface of the earth. It includes the application of the principals of soil mechanics and rock mechanics to the design of foundations, retaining structures, and other earth structures. The research focus of geotechnical engineering in the department includes foundation design and analysis, soil testing/evaluation/improvement, and numerical modeling in geotechnical engineering.