Department Faculty

Department Chair

David Zeng

Frank H. Neff Professor   Chair of Civil Engineering

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Soil Dynamics, Soil Mechanics for Vehicle Mobility and In-Situ Resource Utilization for Space Exploration, Vibration of High-speed Trains, Applications of Piezoelectric Sensors in Geotechnical Engineering

Civil Engineering Faculty

Dario Gasparini


Structures, Wind and Earthquake Engineering, Applied Random Processes, History of Structural Engineering.

Arthur Huckelbridge Jr.


Structural (particularly bridge) Performance Issues, Structural Dynamics, Earthquake Engineering, Fatigue Lifetime Prediction, and Health Monitoring

Aaron Jennings


Groundwater Flow and Contamination, Hazardous Waste Management, Geoenvironmental Engineering, Environmental Decision-making, Remediation or Urban Hydraulics

Yue Li

Associate Professor

Structural reliability analysis, probabilistic design, risk analysis, natural hazard and man-made hazard mitigation; Bridge engineering; Performance-based engineering; Earthquake engineering; Wood engineering; Wind engineering; Structural load modeling and combinations of loads; Effects of climate change on infrastructure risk assessment.

Brian Metrovich

Associate Professor

Structural Engineering, Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics, Steel Structures, Atomistic Modeling of Failure Phenomena, Structural Health Monitoring and Prognostics, Multiscale Physics Simulation, Nondestructive Evaluation, Acoustic Emissions

Michael Pollino

Assistant Professor

Seismic Analysis and Design, Rehabilitation of Structures and Civil Infrastructure, Large Scale Experimental Testing of Structural Systems and Sub-assemblages, Structural Dynamics, Steel Structures

YeongAe Heo

Assistant Professor

Multi-Scale Numerical Modeling and Simulation for Nonlinear Dynamic Structural Behavior;  Probabilistic Multi-Hazard Analysis for both Natural Phenomena and Man-made Conditions;  Probabilistic Risk and Reliability Assessment and Mitigation for Structures and Complex Systems;  Blast / Earthquake Engineering;   Big Data Analysis Application to Structural Engineering

Kurt Rhoads

Assistant Professor

Environmental Biotechnology, Bioremediation, Environmental Fate of Nanoparticles and Persistant Organic Compounds, Biofuel Development for Algae, Energy Recovery from Wastewater

Adel Saada


Elasticity, Statics and Dynamics of Soils and Foundations, Soil Instabilities - Shear Banding and Liquefaction

Xiong "Bill" Yu


Geotechnical and Infrastructure Engineering, Environmental Geotechnology, Foundation Engineering, Nondestructive Testing, Sensor Technology for Infrastructure, Environment and Energy Applications, Multi-scale Model of Civil Engineering Materials and Systems, Computer-aided Design, Green Design, Sustainable Engineering

Katie P. Wheaton


Katie P. Wheaton is a structural engineer and instructor in the Civil Engineering Department.  Her worked in industry focused on steel and concrete building design, as well as project management for multi-disciplinary design teams.  Buildings she has worked on include stadiums, dormitories, libraries, athletic centers, museums, and office buildings.  She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio and a Registered Structural Engineer in the State of Illinois.

Adjunct Faculty

Terrance Cybulski



Ken Klika

Adjunct Professor


Lance Wanamaker