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

YeongAe Heo

Assistant Professor
NASEM GRP Early-Career Research Fellow

Extreme Multi-Hazards (Earthquakes, Storms, Floods, Blasts, Impacts, Fires, etc.);  Multi-Scale Nonlinear Transient Structural Performance Evaluation;  Probabilistic Risk and Resilience Modeling for Structures and Complex Systems;  Effects of Structure Aging and Climate Change;  Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics Application to Structural Engineering

Yue Li


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

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

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

Huichun (Judy) Zhang

Associate 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



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.


Christian Carloni

Associate Professor





Emeritus Faculty

Arthur Huckelbridge Jr.

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

Dario Gasparini

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

Aaron Jennings

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

J. Ludwig Figueroa


Adjunct Faculty

Terrance Cybulski



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

Lance Wanamaker


Martin Schmidt


Xuefei Wang


Dan Ghiocel

Adjunct Professor