Our department's research focus areas and strengths include:
- Structures, Reinforced Concrete, Alternative Materials
- Transportation Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Water Resources, Constructed Wetlands, Ecohydraulics
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Snow Science and Cold Research
For more details, check out this listing of faculty research interests:
Ahmed Al Kaisy
Traffic safety, traffic operations, intelligent transportation systems, traffic control and optimization, highway geometric design
Applying constructed wetlands to wastewater treatment in cold climates, as well as, nitrogen cycling and rhizosphere dynamics within, and greenhouse gas emissions from treatment wetlands.
Alternate Concrete Materials, Seismic Performance of Structural Elements and Systems
Fish passage, fish barriers, river restoration, dam removal, hydrology, hydraulics
Glacier Mechanics, Fracture Mechanics of Glaciers and Ice Shelves, Iceberg Calving, Ice Sheet Modeling, Ice Shelf Collapse, Crevasse Formation and Evolution, Snow Mechanics, Avalanche Triggering, Avalanche Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis, Avalanche Flow Dynamics'
Hydraulics, Open Channel Hydraulics, Closed Conduit Hydraulics, Fluid Mechanics
Biofilm process in porous media, biofilm biotechnology, geological sequestration of CO2
Behavior and design of reinforced concrete slab-column connections, remote monitoring of bridges, earthquake engineering, performance of friction-stir-welded structures, accelerated bridge design and construction, structural applications of biocement materials, seismic performance of masonry walls
Ice & Snow Mechanics, Remote Sensing, Materials Characterization
Geotechnical earthquake engineering, Liquefaction and its remediation, Ground improvement, Seismic performance of soil structures, Slope stability and embankment design
Magnetic resonance, wastewater treatment, bioremediation, biofilms
Biofilms in wastewater treatment and biological nitrogen removal, Impact of emerging contaminants on wastewater treatment processes, Fundamentals and applications of microbially induced mineral formation, Reactive transport in biofilm systems
Biofilm structure and function, Microbially Influenced Corrosion, Microbial fuel cells
Snow Mechanics, Structural Mechanics, Finite Element Modeling
STEM education, soil mechanics, geotechnical and materials engineering, structural settlement and forensic engineering, soil-structure interactions and x-ray computed tomography
Microbes in extreme environments,Biofilms in porous media,Bioremediation,Fracture sealing and wellbore integrity,Biocements
Fish Passage Engineering, Ecohydraulics, Computational Fluid Dynamics
Innovative Wastewater Treatment/Treatment Wetlands, Erosion Mechanics
Biological, chemical and physical treatment processes, Asset management
These entities are listed because of their strong affiliation with our department, but our researcher is interdiscplinary and often involves other research entities in the college as well as other user facilities at MSU. The civil engineering department also includes several instructional laboratories.
The Center for Biofilm Engineering has been a world leader in microbial biofilm research since it was established at MSU in 1990. CBE's multidisciplinary research teams develop beneficial uses for biofilms and find solutions to industrially relevant biofilm problems, with applications in medicine, food safety, energy and much more.
The Subzero Research Laboratory is a world-class, state-of-the-art suite of facilities used to study snow, ice and the effects of the cold on projects across a range of scientific disciplines.
- It is our intention to support all qualified graduate students with either RA or TA positions (subject to availability of funding).
- Available to undergraduates at MSU and other schools.
- Students gain hands-on research experience working with a faculty adviser.
- Provides residence hall lodging, reimbursement for travel to/from Bozeman, and $5,000 stipend.
- Runs June through August.
- Application deadline is generally in February.
Doing research is a great way to learn about a topic and gain valuable experience that can aid in applying to graduate programs or future employment.
Undergraduates interested in gaining research experience should contact faculty members directly based on their area of interest.
For general questions and more information about research opportunities, contact Craig Woolard. The engineering college's research resources webpage also provides an overview of research opportunities for faculty and students.