Department Faculty

Department Chair


Xiong "Bill" Yu  Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASCE

Opal J. and Richard A. Vanderhoof Professor and Chair 

Contact:  xxy21@case.edu,  216-368-6247

Department Assistant

Ramona David:  rxd47@case.edu, 216-368-2950




Civil Engineering Faculty


Christian Carloni, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Composite materials for strengthening of reinforced concrete and masonry structures; fracture mechanics, damage mechanics, and fatigue of quasibrittle materials; small and large scale experimental testing of concrete, masonry, geopolymers, and other quasibrittle materials and structural systems; mechanics of materials.

You can know more about Dr. Carloni from the following interview script


YeongAe Heo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
NASEM GRP Early-Career Research Fellow

Large-scale Modeling and Evaluation for Nonlinear Dynamic Structural Performance

Risk and Resilience Modeling for Structures

Data-Driven Methods and Applications

Effects of Structural Aging, Climate Change, and Cascading Failures

Multihazard-Driven Loads and Effects on Structures


Yue Li, Ph.D.

Leonard Case Jr. Professorship in Engineering

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.

Michael Pollino, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.

Associate Professor

Structural Engineering, Steel Structures, Large-scale experimental testing of structural systems and sub-assemblages, Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Structural Performance and Loss Estimation under Multiple Hazards, Rehabilitation of Structures and Civil Infrastructure, Passive Energy Dissipation Systems, Blast Engineering

Kurt Rhoads, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor

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

Adel (Tony) Saada, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor, Fellow ASCE

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

Xiong "Bill" Yu, Ph.D., P.E.

Opal J. and Richard A. Vanderhoof Professor, Fellow ASCE

Department Chair

Addressing emerging engineering and societal issues associated with civil infrastructure system.  A strong interdisciplinary perspective that integrate engineering principles with the socioeconomic context.  Advance the state of art and practice with the design and operation of infrastructure systems at multiple scales.  
Resilient, sustainable and intelligent infrastructure, infrastructure/city informatics

Geotechnical Engineering: soil and foundation, energy geotechnology, bio-inspired/bio-mediated geomaterials and design, modeling and characterization of multiscale multiphysics process

Infrastructure Engineering: sensor technologies, efficient and resilient design of infrastructures, smart and multifunctional materials and structures, intelligent infrastructure systems, smart city and smart communities

Huichun (Judy) Zhang, Ph.D.

Frank H. Neff Professor

Environmental engineering, environmental chemistry, fate and transformation of emerging contaminants, redox transformation at mineral-water interface, adsorption, advanced inorganic materials for contaminant removal, water and wastewater treatment, and groundwater and soil remediation 

Katie P. Wheaton, P.E., S.E.

Senior Instructor


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.


Terrance Cybulski, P.E.


Certified Construction Manager with over 40 years’ experience in the consulting and construction industry on large municipal water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Experienced in development of bid documents, contract administration, change order preparation/resolution, schedule evaluation, claim evaluation, constructability reviews, inspection, surveying, and facility start-up.



Ruth Klee, P.E.



Ruth Klee teaches the Senior Project course. She has over 25 years’ design and management experience in the transportation consulting industry for projects including interstate reconstruction, urban roadways, and bridge rehabilitation. Ruth’s expertise includes multi-discipline project coordination with geotechnical, structural, hydraulic, environmental, traffic, and utility engineers. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio. 


Martin Schmidt, Ph.D., P.E.


Martin Schmidt is a practicing Engineering Geologist and Adjunct Instructor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He is a  Professional Geologist with more than 40 years experience working on projects world-wide dealing with soil and groundwater assessment and remediation, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental compliance, due diligence and remedial design and construction.  Also, he has served as a Project Manager, Program Director and Client Account Manager for several Fortune 500 Companies in the Environmental Consulting Industry such as Ashland LLC, BP, Lubrizol and RPM International.

Mark Loria, Ph.D.


Hydraulic engineering and hydrology, wastewater conveyance, water and wastewater treatment plant design, water quality, smart water, combined sewer overflow mitigation, corrosion control.

Gina Beim


Gina Beim has a MS in Systems Engineering with a focus in water resources systems, and an MBA, from Case Western Reserve University. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio. Her experience includes the technical, managerial and marketing aspects of civil engineering.  Gina’s consulting company uses a systems engineering approach to prioritize and select among competing project alternatives while considering multiple, conflicting objectives.

Carmen Franks, Ph.D.


Environmental Engineering, Green Infrastructure, Stormwater Management, Urban Sustainability, Watershed Planning, Design of Low Impact Development Best Management Practices

Phillip Nagle


Phillip Nagle has been working professionally with Building Information Modeling tools and technology for over 10 years, and has worked for firms in the areas of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Management.  He enjoys solving complex issues with powerful software and making tasks easier and more efficient through technology.  Some of the tools that Phillip has applied in his career are 3D quantification of building materials, schedule animation, interactive facilities management models, 3D laser scanning, drone operations, and virtual reality simulations.

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Chris Yingchun Yuan
Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (secondary)
Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (primary)


Lithium Ion Battery,  Electrochemical Modeling
Electric Vehicles,  Atomic Layer Deposition 
Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Energy Efficiency, 
Sustainable Manufacturing

Arthur Huckelbridge Jr., Ph.D., P.E.

Professor Emeritus, Structural Engineering

Dr. Huckelbridge has been the principal investigator on a wide range of structural research projects supported by NSF, NASA, Ohio DOT, Cuyahoga County and private industry. This work has focused on structural (particularly bridge) performance issues, structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, fatigue lifetime prediction, and health monitoring. Dr. Huckelbridge has developed considerable experience and expertise in large-scale bridge health monitoring and structural testing, both in the field and in the lab. Dr. Huckelbridge has worked extensively, as well, in the development and calibration of mathematical models to simulate complex structural behavior.

Dario Gasparini, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor Emeritus, Structural Engineering

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

Aaron Jennings, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Environmental Engineering

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

J. Ludwig Figueroa, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor Emeritus, Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineering, geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil dynamics, pavement engineering


Xiangwu (David) Zeng, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Geotechnical Engineering

Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Faculty Affairs, Stevens Institute of Technology


Geotechnical engineering, geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil dynamics, soil-structure interactions

Brian Metrovich, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor, Structural Engineering and Mechanics

Associate Professor, University of Houston

Steel structures, fatigue and fracture mechanics, and multiscale atomistic simulations of material performance

Roberto Ballarini, Ph.D.

Former Professor, Engineering Mechanics

Thomas and Laura Hsu Professor and Department Chair, University of Houston

Development and application of theoretical, computational and experimental techniques to characterize the response of materials and structures to mechanical, thermal, and environmental loads

Robert Mullen, Ph.D., P.E.

Former Professor, Engineering Mechanics

Former Department Chair, the University of South Carolina

computer modeling of engineering systems, biomechanics, mechanical behavior of micro electro-mechanical systems,
coupled field problems, and interval methods for treating uncertainty

Dan Ghiocel, P.E.

adjunct Professor

Dr. Ghiocel is currently the President and Chief of Engineering with Ghiocel Predictive Technologies, Inc. with main office in Rochester NY. Ghiocel Predictive Technologies, Inc. (http://www.ghiocel-tech.com) is a small business corporation specialized in computational modeling and prediction for high-complexity of engineering problems.