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Environmental Engineering

Research in the Environmental Engineering group centers on two broad themes:

  • Environmental Health and Water Quality Engineering
  • Sustainability and Water Resource Systems Modeling

PIs: Hashsham, S. A. (PI), James Tiedje (co-PI), Tim Zacharewski (co-PI)
Project title: MSU Superfund Project 4: Gut microbiome - host interactions in response to TCDD exposure
Funding source: NIEHS-Superfund Research Program

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (PI), Hashsham, S. A. (co-PI), Stedtfeld, R (co-PI), Hatzinger, P. (co-PI)
Project title: Development of LAMP to detect Dehalococcoides and Dehalobacter spp. genes without DNA extraction
Funding source: US Dept. of Army (SERDP)

PIs: Hashsham S.A. (PI), Stevenson, J. (co-PI), Dreelin, E. (co-PI)
Project title: Environmental DNA monitoring for high risk invasive species
Funding source: EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

PIs: Upham, B. (PI), James R. Cole (co-PI), Hashsham, S, A, (co-PI)
Project title: MSU Superfund Research Translation Core
Funding source: NIEHS-Superfund Research Program

PIs: Zylstra (PI), Tiedje, J. (co-PI), Hashsham, S.A. (co-PI)
Project title: MSU Superfund Project 5: Molecular insight into dioxin degradation by microbes and microbial communities
Funding source: NIEHS-Superfund Research Program

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (PI), Kravchenko, A., Chitwood, D., Guber, A.
Project title: A new perspective for plant diversity and carbon sequestration: interaction between physical micro-environments and microorganisms.
Funding source: USDA

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (PI)
Project title: Identifying the genes and pathways associated with the biodegradation of emerging contaminants in agricultural soils.
Funding source: Discretionary Funding Initiative, MSU

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (PI)
Project title: The development of anaerobic bioremediation approaches for chlorinated solvent and 1,4-dioxane co-contaminated sites
Funding source: SERDP (DoD, EPA, DoE)

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (PI), Cole. J. (co-PI)
Project title: Collaborative research: developing high throughput quantitative PCR assays for the functional genes associated with the degradation of the water contaminant, RDX.
Funding source: ITBI, MSU

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (co-PI), Strathmann, T. J. (PI)
Project title: Biological and biologically mediated abiotic transformation of contaminants of emerging concern in anaerobic soils
Funding source: USDA

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (PI), Mattes, T. (co-PI)
Project title: Collaborative research: stable isotope-based differentiation of vinyl chloride assimilators from cometabolizers in contaminated groundwater.
Funding source: NSF

PIs: Moore, S. (PI), Brathwaite, R. (co-PI)
Project title: Course development grant on the nuclear age
Funding source: Stanton Foundation

PIs: Moore, S. (PI), Brathwaite, R. (co-PI), Wigner, A. (co-PI)
Project title: Improving scientific and policy literacy through immersive energy systems
Funding source: James Madison College Faculty Development Initiative grant

PIs: Moore, S. (co-PI), Annick. A. (co-PI), Bessette, D. (PI)
Project title: Examining the impacts of and improving decision-making processes for off-shore wind development in the US Great Lakes
Funding source: ESPP AgBioResearch ITBI grant

PIs: Moore, S. (co-PI), Parmerntier, (PI)
Project title: Sustainable apple farming in Morocco
Funding source: ASU school for the future of innovation in society seed grant

PIs: Moore, S. (PI), Anctil, A. (co-PI)
Project title: Understanding Public Opinion of Energy Transitions in Michigan
Funding source: 2017 MAPPR Award

PIs: Moore, S. (co-PI), Anctil, A. (co-PI), Ghamami, M. (PI)
Project title: Societal Perception about On-Road Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles Considering Mobility and Environmental Impacts
Funding source: 2017 Science and Society at State Award

PIs: Moore, S. (PI), Bieler, T. (co-PI), Anctil, A. (co-PI)
Project title: Linking Engineering and Science Studies to Support a Transition to Sustainable Energy (Generation IV nuclear power and solar)
Funding source: 2016 Science and Society at State Award

PIs: Xagoraraki, I. (PI)
Project title: Eager: A Wastewater-Based-Epidemiology System for Early Detection of Viral Outbreaks in Detroit, MI
Funding source: NSF

PIs: Xagoraraki, I. (PI), Kaneene, J. (co-PI), Kiwanuka, N. (co-PI)
Project title: Diversity and Abundance of Waterborne Viruses in Southwest Kampala-Uganda
Funding source: The Mastercard Foundation

PIs: Xagoraraki, I. (co-PI), Pearson, A., Voice, T., Long, D.
Project title: Waterborne Disease in a Karst Environment: A One Health Approach
Funding source: MSU Water Cube

PIs: Xagoraraki, I. (co-PI), Jaiani, E. (PI)
Project title: Phage Mediated Antibiotic Resistance Gene Transfer in Marine, Freshwater and Extreme Environments
Funding source: US Civilian Research and Development Foundation, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

PIs: Tarabara, V. V. (PI), Xagoraraki, I. (co-PI), Nguyen, H. (PI)
Project title: Collaborative Research: Virus Removal in Membrane Bioreactors: Role of Virus Aggregation and Adhesion
Funding source: NSF

PIs: Anctil, A. (PI), Houle (co-PI)
Project title: Sustainable energy transition: Beyond material analysis
Funding source: NSF

PIs: Anctil, A. (PI), Moore, S. (co-PI)
Project title: Interactive Decision Analysis Tool to Guide Life Battery Energy Storage System Options
Funding source: Ford Motor Co.

PIs: Anctil, A. (PI)
Project title: Sustainable nanomaterials: pyrolysis for large scale manufacturing of fullerenes
Funding source: MSU DFI

PIs: Anctil, A. (PI)
Project title: Second Life Potential and Environmental Benefit of EV Batteries in Photovoltaic Applications
Funding source: Ford Motor Co.

PIs: Anctil, A. (PI), Lunt (co-PI)
Project title: SUSCHEM: A Green Chemistry Approach to Organic and Transparent Photovoltaic Material Synthesis and Device Fabrication
Funding source: NSF

PIs: Anctil, A. (co-PI), Hyndman (PI), Basso (co-PI), Anex (co-PI), Winer (co-PI), Zhao (co-PI)
Project title: Developing Pathways Toward Sustainable Irrigation across the United States Using Process-based Systems Models (SIRUS)
Funding source: USDA - NIFA

PIs: Anctil, A. (co-PI), Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Field and Laboratory Evaluation of Polymer Coated Rubber (PCR) Modifier Asphalt
Funding source: MDEQ

PIs: Anctil, A. (co-PI), White (PI)
Project title: Workshop: Intersectoral Collaboration to Support Lilongwe’s Small-scale Food Sector
Funding source: MSU GenCen and CASI

PIs: Anctil, A. (co-PI), Kennedy (PI)
Project title: Life-Cycle Assessment of Li-ion Batteries: Increasing Accuracy and Decreasing Bias within Battery Environmental Impact Predictions
Funding source: Clemson TIGER

PIs: Ferguson, L. P (PI), Joan, R. B (co-PI), Bang, J. J. (co-PI), Wiesner, M. R. (co-PI), Tarabara, V. V (co-PI)
Project title: PIRE: Water and Commerce - Technologies to enable environmental sustainability in global markets (abstract)
Funding source: NSF PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) program

PIs: Gunn, G. (PI), Bessette, D. (co-PI) Richardson, R. (co-PI), Rutty, M. (co-PI), Tarabara, V. (co-PI)
Project title: Line 5: Oil spill detection, remediation, and risk perceptions in winter conditions
Funding source: Michigan Applied Public Policy Research program, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research

PIs: Fingal, S. (PI), L. Fine (co-PI), R. Lahr (co-PI), A. Louie (co-PI), M. Pauly (co-PI), C. Tetreault (co-PI)
Project title: Youth at risk: Understanding controversies related to children, environment, and scientific research
Funding source: MSU’s Science Studies at State

PIs: Lahr, R.H. (PI)
Project title: Nanochromatography monitoring of urine fertilizers
Funding source: U.S. EPA


 

Hydrology and Water Resources

Research in the Hydrology and Water Resources group centers on one broad theme:

  • Sustainability and Water Resource Systems Modeling

PIs: P. Mantha (PI)
Project title: Evaluating the fate and transport of historic backflows from the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) to Lake Michigan
Funding source: USACE

PIs: P. Mantha (PI)
Project title: Cladophora in the Great Lakes: Field observations and modeling (US Department of Interior, USGS)
Funding source: USGS

PIs: P. Mantha (PI)
Project title: Linking environmental metagenomics, eDNA monitoring and hydrodynamic fate and transport modeling for the Great Lakes (US Department of Interior, USGS)
Funding source: USGS

PIs: P. Mantha (PI)
Project title: Modeling river plumes and bi-directional flow in fresh water estuaries in the Great Lakes region
Funding source: NOAA

PIs: P. Mantha (PI)
Project title: Quantifying the impacts of climate change on the fluxes of nutrients and water exported to the nearshore region of Lake Superior (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Funding source: NOAA

PIs: S. Li (PI), P. Mantha (co-PI)
Project title: Ottawa County Water Resources Study Phase -2
Funding source: Michigan DEQ

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (PI)
Project title: CAREER: Humans, Water, and Climate: Advancing Research and Education on Water Resource Sustainability in Managed Land-Water Systems using an Integrated Hydrological Modeling Framework
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (Co-PI)
Project title: Quantifying human and climate impacts on wetland ecosystems in the Lower Mekong River Basin
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (Co-PI)
Project title: Assessing cumulative impacts of dams on distant wetland dynamics and the livelihoods of local communities in the Lower Mekong River Basin
Funding source: NASA

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (Co-PI)
Project title: INFEWS/T3: Rethinking Dams: Innovative hydropower solutions to achieve sustainable food and energy production, and sustainable communities
Funding source: NASA

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (Co-PI)
Project title: Climate Change, Conflict, Human Health, and Migration
Funding source: ESPP-ITBI

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (PI)
Project title: Hydro-Agro-Ecological Impacts of Mega Dams and Climate Change in the Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia
Funding source: MSU Asian Studies Center

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (PI)
Project title: Regional Human-climate interactions in semi-arid environment
Funding source: MSU ESPP

PIs: Pokhrel, Y. (PI)
Project title: Socio-eco-hydrological analysis of freshwater systems in the Koshi river, Nepal
Funding source: MSU Asian Studies Center

PIs: Narendra. N. Das. (PI) (NASA NISAR mission, Science Team Member)
Project title: High Resolution Soil Moisture Algorithm Using the Synergy of Microwave Active and Passive Observations for the NISAR Mission.
Funding source: NASA

PIs: Narendra. N. Das. (PI) (NASA SERVIR Project, Applied Science Team Member)
Project title: Monitoring and Forecast of Seasonal Rice Crop Productivity for Paddy Dominated Regions of India.
Funding source: NASA

PIs: Narendra. N. Das. (PI)
Project title: Development, Testing and Implementation of Low Cost and Effective In Situ Soil Moisture Sensor for Citizen Science.
Funding source: NASA

PIs: Narendra. N. Das. (PI), (NASA SMAP mission, Science Team Member)
Project title: Enhancement of SMAP High Resolution Soil Moisture Data using NISAR and its Agricultural Application.
Funding source: NASA


Pavement and Geotechnical Engineering

Road infrastructure plays a vital role in the economic development of nations. Design,  construction, and maintenance of long-live road infrastructure pose several challenges related to innovative designs, materials, and construction quality due to scared resources. The pavement engineering program at MSU focuses on teaching state-of-the-art tools needed to address the current and upcoming challenges in managing efficient, sustainable and cost-effective road infrastructure. Faculty research focuses on obtaining innovative and practically implementable solutions in extending infrastructure performance.  

PIs: Karim Chatti (PI), and Haider, S. W (Co-PI)
Project title: Performance-Related Specifications for Pavement Preservation Treatments
Funding source: National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)

PIs: Karim Chatti (PI), and Haider, S. W (Co-PI)
Project title: LTPP Data Analysis: Feasibility of Using LTPP Data to Improve Use of FWD and Longitudinal Profile Measurements
Funding source: National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)

PIs: Haider, S. W (PI)
Project title: Develop Practical Tools and Procedures to Improve WIM Data Quality
Funding source: National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)

PIs: Haider, S. W (PI), Buch, N. (co-PI)
Project title: Updated Analysis of Michigan Traffic Inputs for Pavement ME Design
Funding source: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Development of a Fast and Cost-Effective Asphalt Mixture Fatigue Test System
Funding source: National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) – IDEA

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI), Haider, S. W. (co-PI), Buch, N.
Project title: Evaluation of MDOT’s Long-Life Pilot Projects
Funding source: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Developing Customer-Ready Software for Analysis and Design of Asphalt Pavements Constructed with Traditional and Advanced Materials
Funding source: Michigan Economic Development Corp. + MSU ADVANCE

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Laboratory Evaluation of HMA Samples from the US-131 30-Year Pilot Project (2018 - 2019)
Funding source: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Polymer Coated Rubber (PCR) Modified Asphalt: Field Evaluation of PCR “Dry” Technology Laboratory Evaluation of PCR “Wet” Technology (2018-2020)
Funding source: Ingham County Road Department (ICRD)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Field and Laboratory Evaluation of Polymer Coated Rubber (PCR) Modified Asphalt
Funding source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI), Haider, S. W. (co-PI), Chatti, K. (co-PI)
Project title: Establishing Percent Embedment Limits to Improve Chip Seal Performance
Funding source: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Aishimu pavement surface treatment process (2017-2018)
Funding source: Beijing AISHIMU Technology CO., LTD

PIs: Haider, S. W. (PI), Kutay, M. E. (co-PI)
Project title: Recalibration of Mechanistic-Empirical Rigid Pavement Performance Models and Evaluation of Flexible Pavement Thermal Cracking Model
Funding source: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Evaluation of De-vulcanized Rubber (DVR) Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA)
Funding source: Ingham County Road Department (ICRD)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Evaluation of De-Vulcanized Rubber (DVR) Modified Chip Seals (2016-2017)
Funding source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Evaluation of De-Vulcanized Rubber (DVR) Modified Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Pavement (2015 – 2016)
Funding source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI), Chatti, K. (co-PI), Haider, S. W. (co-PI)
Project title: Development of an Acceptance Test for Chip Seal Projects – UTC Project (2014-2017)
Funding source: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PIs: Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Feasibility of Dry and Pre-swelled Crumb Rubber Modified Asphalt Mixture Usage in Michigan (2014-2015)
Funding source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

PIs: Cetin, B (PI), Ikuma, K. (co-PI)
Project title: Remediation of Coal Mine Drainage with Industrial Byproducts
Funding source: The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of Interior

PIs: Cetin, B (PI), Daniels, J. (co-PI)
Project title: Collaborative Research: Engineered Water Repellency to Mitigate Frost Susceptibility: Decoupling Osmotic and Matric Potential
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Cetin, B (PI), Perez, M.A. (co-PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI)
Project title: Use of Concrete Grinding Residue as a Soil Amendment – Phase 2
Funding source: Federal Highway Administration-RMRC

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI)
Project title: Use of Concrete Grinding Residue as a Soil Amendment – Phase 1
Funding source: Federal Highway Administration-RMRC

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ashlock, J.C. (co-PI), Ceylan, H. (Co-PI), Rutherford, C. (co-PI)
Project title: Use of Waste Quarry Fines as a Binding Material in Unpaved Roads
Funding source: Federal Highway Administration-RMRC

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Likos, W. (co-PI), Edil, T.B. (co-PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI), Zheng, J. (co-PI), Buss, A. (co-PI)
Project title: Determining Pavement Design Criteria for Recycled Aggregate Base and Large Stone Subbase
Funding source: National Road Research Alliance

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Edil, T.B. (co-PI)
Project title: Improve Material Inputs into Mechanistic Design Properties for Reclaimed HMA and Recycled Concrete Aggregate (RCA) Roadways
Funding source: National Road Research Alliance

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Edil, T.B. (co-PI)
Project title: Environmental Impacts on the Performance of Pavement Foundation Layers-Phase I
Funding source: National Road Research Alliance

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI), Rutherford, C. (co-PI)
Project title: Base Stabilization Additives – Effect on Granular Equivalency
Funding source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ashlock, J.C. (co-PI), Hasiuk, F. (co-PI)
Project title: Characterizing the Deterioration Mechanisms for Coarse Aggregates Used in Granular Surface and Shoulders
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Cetin, K.S. (co-PI), Ashlock, J (co-PI)
Project title: Sustainability Assessment of Unpaved Road Construction with Recycled Materials in Council Bluffs, IA
Funding source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI)
Project title: Advanced Testing and Characterization of Iowa Soils and Geomaterials
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Jeong, D. (co-PI), Ashlock, J.C. (co-PI)
Project title: Development of Granular Road Asset Management
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI), Ashlock, J.C. (co-PI)
Project title: Evaluation of the Mechanical and Environmental Performance of Biofuel Co-Product Stabilized Unpaved Roads
Funding source: U.S. Department of Transportation-Midwest Transportation Center

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Ashlock, J.C. (co-PI), Jahren, C. (co-PI)
Project title: Performance Based Evaluation of Cost-Effective Aggregate Options for Granular Roadways
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Schwartz, C.W. (co-PI), Forman, B. (co-PI), Roberts, L. (co-PI)
Project title: Climate and Groundwater Data to Support Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design in South Dakota
Funding source: South Dakota Department of Transportation

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI)
Project title: Remediation of Acid Mine Drainages and Mine Tailings with High Carbon Fly Ash
Funding source: The South Dakota Board of Regents- Competitive Research Grant Program

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI)
Project title: Integration of Multimedia Active Learning Tools into Laboratory Engineering Courses
Funding source: The South Dakota Board of Regents- Competitive Research Grant Program

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI)
Project title: Remediation of Mine Tailings
Funding source: RESPEC Consulting and Services

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI)
Project title: Groundwater Impacts of Roadways Built with Recycled Concrete Materials
Funding source: Nelson Research Grant

PIs: Cetin, K.S. (PI), Surovek, A (co-PI), Ahn, B. (co-PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry in Approaches for Solving Ill-Structured Problems
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Poleacovschi, C. (PI), Cetin, K.S. (co-PI), Perez, M.A. (co-PI), Gallus, W. (co-PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Responding to the Housing Crisis in the Arctic: A transdisciplinary approach across physical, natural and social systems
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Rehmann, C. (PI), Ikuma, K. (co-PI), Perez, M.A. (co-PI), Cetin B. (co-PI)
Project title: Environmental Field Evaluation of Potassium Acetate
Funding source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

PIs: Ceylan, H (PI), Kim, S (co-PI), Cetin K.S. (co-PI), Taylor, P. (co-PI), Mina, M. (co-PI), Cetin B. (co-PI)
Project title: Self-heating Electrically Conductive Concrete Demonstration
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Ceylan, H (PI), Kim, S (co-PI), Cetin B. (co-PI)
Project title: Investigation on Pavement ME Design Reflective Cracking, Faulting, IRI Prediction Models, Concrete Overlays Design Tool, and Performance Threshold Levels for Iowa Pavement Systems
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Perez, M.A. (PI), Cetin B. (co-PI)
Project title: Field Monitoring of Erosion and Sediment Control Practices and Development of Additional Iowa DOT Design Manual Guidance
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Ashlock, J (PI), Kim, S (co-PI), Cetin K.S. (co-PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI), Horton, R. (co-PI), Cetin B. (co-PI)
Project title: Low Cost Rural Surface Alternatives, Phase IV
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Ashlock, J (PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI)
Project title: Low Cost Rural Surface Alternatives, Phase III
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Ceylan, H (PI), Kim, S (co-PI), Gopalakrishnan, K (co-PI), Sundararajan, S (co-PI), Cetin K.S. (co-PI). Taylor, P (co-PI), Mina, M (co-PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI), Turkan, Y (co-PI)
Project title: Full-Scale Testing of Heated Airport Pavements
Funding source: Federal Aviation Administration

PIs: Roggenthen, W. (PI), Stetler, L. (co-PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI), Roberts, L. (co-PI)
Project title: Preliminary Evaluation of Shale Media for Use as a Nuclear Waste Repository Site
Funding source: Department of Energy-Sandia National Laboratory

PIs: Shafei, B. (PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI), Phares, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Evaluation of Alternative Abutment Piling for Low Volume Road Bridges
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Durham, S. (PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Improvement of Climate Data for Use in MEPDG Calibration and Other Pavement Analysis
Funding source: Georgia Department of Transportation

PIs: Ikuma, K (PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI), Rehmann, C. (co-PI), Ong, S.K. (co-PI)
Project title: Use of Biocementation for Slope Stabilization of Levees
Funding source: U.S. Department of Transportation-Midwest Transportation Center

PIs: Ceylan, H (PI), Kim, S (co-PI), Gopalakrishnan, K (co-PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Concrete Grinding Residue: It’s effect on roadside vegetation and soil properties
Funding source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

PIs: Jahren, C. (PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Optimum RAP Content for Minnesota Gravel Roads
Funding source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

The National Center for Pavement Preservation (NCPP) was established by Michigan State University and FP2, Inc. to lead collaborative efforts among government, industry, and academia in the advancement of pavement preservation by advancing and improving pavement preservation practices through education, research and outreach.

Structural Engineering

The structural engineering, mechanics, and materials group at MSU aims to advance the profession field through high-quality education and cutting-edge research by integrating multi-disciplinary engineering theories, data science and management, theoretical modeling, experimental characterizations, and validations, and practical design concepts.

Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials Group

PIs: Cetin, K.S. (PI), McCalley, J. (co-PI), Wang, Y (co-PI)
Project title: Future growth of diverse demand response resources and their impact on transmission and distribution
Funding source: Sloan Foundation

PIs: Cetin, K.S. (PI), Kremer, P. (co-PI), Laflamme (co-PI)
Project title: Simulation, Challenge Testing and Validation of Occupancy Recognition and CO2 Technologies
Funding source: ARPA-E (US Department of Energy)

PIs: Cetin, K.S. (PI), Hu, S (co-PI), O’Neill, Z. (co-PI)
Project title: Adaptive, Multi-Layered Fenestration Elements for Optimum Building Energy Performance and Occupant Comfort
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Cetin, K.S. (PI), Gallus, W. (co-PI), Byon, E. (co-PI), Manuel, L (co-PI), Zhou, Y (co-PI)
Project title: A Framework for Assessing the Impact of Extreme Heat and Drought Climate Scenarios on Urban Energy Production and Consumption
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Cetin, K.S. (PI), Surovek, A (co-PI), Ahn, B. (co-PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry in Approaches for Solving Ill-Structured Problems
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Cetin, K.S. (PI)
Project title: Residential Building Energy Data Analysis and Modeling
Funding source: Earth Networks

PIs: Cetin, K.S. (PI), Passe, U (co-PI)
Project title: 1710-RP Effects of Dynamic Shading Devices on Daylighting and Energy Performance of Perimeter Zones
Funding source: ASHRAE

PIs: Kimber, A. (PI), Cetin, K.S. (co-PI), Poleacovschi, C. (co-PI), Passe, U. (co-PI)
Project title: Toolkit for Identification, Characterization and Energy Evaluation of Low-Efficiency Rural Housing
Funding source: Iowa Economic Development Authority

PIs: Poleacovschi, C. (PI), Cetin, K.S. (co-PI), Perez, M.A. (co-PI), Gallus, W. (co-PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI)
Project title: Responding to the Housing Crisis in the Arctic: A transdisciplinary approach across physical, natural and social systems
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Poleacovschi, C. (PI), Jackson, C. (co-PI), Swalwell, K (co-PI), Appelgate, M. (co-PI), Abraham, W. (co-PI), Cetin K.S. (SP)
Project title: Designing and Assessing Curriculum to Address Professional ABET Learning Outcomes for Civil Engineering
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Ceylan, H. (PI), Kim, S. (co-PI), Zhang, W. (co-PI), Cetin, K.S. (co-PI)
Project title: Development of a Smartphone-Based Road Performance Data Collection Tool
Funding source: Iowa Highway Research Board

PIs: Shafei, B (PI), Cetin K.S. (co-PI)
Project title: Building Materials for Energy Efficiency: Adaptable Educational Modules
Funding source: Iowa Energy Center

PIs: Ceylan, H (PI), Kim, S (co-PI), Cetin K.S. (co-PI), Taylor, P. (co-PI), Mina, M. (co-PI), Cetin B. (co-PI)
Project title: Self-heating Electrically Conductive Concrete Demonstration
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Ashlock, J (PI), Kim, S (co-PI), Cetin K.S. (co-PI), Ceylan, H. (co-PI), Horton, R. (co-PI), Cetin B. (co-PI)
Project title: Low Cost Rural Surface Alternatives, Phase IV
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation

PIs: Ceylan, H (PI), Kim, S (co-PI), Gopalakrishnan, K (co-PI), Sundararajan, S (co-PI), Cetin K.S. (co-PI), Taylor, P (co-PI), Mina, M (co-PI), Cetin, B. (co-PI), Turkan, Y (co-PI)
Project title: Full-Scale Testing of Heated Airport Pavements
Funding source: Federal Aviation Administration

PIs: Cetin, B. (PI), Cetin, K.S. (co-PI), Ashlock, J (co-PI)
Project title: Sustainability Assessment of Unpaved Road Construction with Recycled Materials in Council Bluffs, IA
Funding source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

PIs: Jeong, D (PI), Jahren, C (co-PI), Shane, J (co-PI), Cetin, K.S (co-PI)
Project title: Guide to Life-Cycle Data and Information Sharing Workflow for Transportation Assets
Funding source: Midwest Transportation Center

PIs: Shafei, B. (PI), Cetin, K.S (co-PI), Hu, S (co-PI), Wang, K (co-PI)
Project title: Development of Agricultural-Based Phase Change Materials for Building Applications
Funding source: Iowa Energy Center

PIs: Dargazany, R. (PI)
Project title: Computational model of damage accumulation in adhesives after exposure to water, heat, and sunlight
Funding source: Department of Energy

PIs: Dargazany, R. (PI)
Project title: Constitutive behavior of Adhesive fillers in Extreme Conditions
Funding source: BOSCH

PIs: Dargazany, R. (PI)
Project title: Parallel Damage in Elastomer Joints: Damage Accumulation toward Failure
Funding source: American Chemical Society

PIs: Kodur, V. (PI)
Project title: Strength and bond properties of Carbon FRP
Funding source: Structural Technologies

PIs: Yeoh (PI), Kodur, V. (co-PI), Various (co-PI)
Project title: ARC Training Centre in Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies: Development of standardized fire tests for fire retardant materials
Funding source: Australian Research Council - UNSW

PIs: Kodur, V. (PI)
Project title: Evaluating fire resistance of FRP-strengthened reinforced concrete beams and slabs – Phase II
Funding source: Structural Technologies

PIs: Alnuaimi (PI), Haweeleh (co-PI), Abdalla (co-PI), Kodur, V. (co-PI)
Project title: Guidelines for enhancing the performance of FRP-strengthened concrete beams under fire and harsh environment exposures
Funding source: Qatar National Research Foundation

PIs: Kodur, V. (PI)
Project title: An approach for PB fire design of prestressed concrete structures
Funding source: Prestressed Concrete Institute

PIs: Kodur, V. (PI)
Project title: Evaluating fire resistance of FRP-strengthened reinforced concrete beams and slabs
Funding source: Structural Technologies

PIs: Kodur, V. (PI)
Project title: Indigenous materials for construction – Phase 1
Funding source: Metna Co. (US Army Corps of Engineers)

PIs: Kodur, V. (PI), Soroushian, P. (co-PI)
Project title: Ultra-high-performance concrete-Phase II
Funding source: Metna Co. (US Army Corps of Engineers)

PIs: Kodur, V. (PI), Rafi, M. (co-PI)
Project title: Capacity building in Pakistan for fire risk management
Funding source: National Academy of Sciences

PIs: Kodur, V. (PI)
Project title: Fire damage mitigation and post-fire evaluation of steel girder bridges
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Lajnef, N. (PI)
Project title: Monitoring of Runway and Taxiway Pavements Structures
Funding Source: Federal Aviation Administration

PIs: Lajnef, N. (PI), Zaabar, I. (co-PI)
Project title: CPS: TTP Option: Synergy: Collaborative Research: Internet of Self-Powered Sensors - Towards a Scalable Long-term Condition-based Monitoring and Maintenance of Civil Infrastructure
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Burgueno, R. (PI), Lajnef, N. (Co-PI)
Project title: Mechanically-Equivalent Response Amplifiers and Frequency Modulators for Energy-harvesting Devices
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: Lajnef, N. (PI), Burgueno, R. (co-PI), Chakrabartty, S. (WUST, co-PI), Masri, S. (USC, co-PI)
Project title: Utra-low Power Wireless Sensing Systems for Multi-Metric Self-Powered Monitoring of Bridge Components
Funding source: Exploratory Advanced Research Program USDOT

PIs: Lajnef, N. (PI), Chatti, K. (co-PI), Chakrabartty S. (WUST, co-PI)
Project title: Smart Pavement Monitoring System
Funding source: US Department of Transportation

PIs: Lu, W. (PI)
Project title: Collaborative Research: Nanofluidics Enabled Attenuation of Dynamic Impacts and Stress Waves
Funding source: National Science Foundation
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PIs: Lu, W. (PI)
Project title: Liquid Nanofoam-based Restraint Systems with Improved Adaptability, Reliability, and Intelligence
Funding source: Ford Motor Company

PIs: Lu, W. (PI)
Project title: Light-Weight Passive Safety System with Liquid Nanofoam
Funding source: Ford Motor Company


Transportation Engineering

The safe, efficient, and sustainable movement of persons and goods is critical to the economy and our quality of life. Transportation systems play a critical role in facilitating this mobility and the transportation engineering program at MSU is focused on the planning, design, operation, and management of these systems. Faculty research focuses on improving our understanding of the interactions between road users and the transportation environment, leveraging MSU’s unique 5,200-acre campus, which serves as a connected ecosystem to drive mobility research and development.

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI), T. Gates (co-PI)
Project title: The Interrelationships between Speed Limits, Geometry, and Driver Behavior – Phases 1-3
Funding source: Second Strategic Highway Research Program

PIs: M. Ghamami (PI)
Project title: WRTA Community Micro-grid Transportation Study
Funding source: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

PIs: M. Ghamami (PI), A. Zockaie (co-PI), S. Miller (co-PI)
Project title: Optimized EV Charger Placement Plan – Phases 1-2
Funding source: Michigan Agency for Energy

PIs: A. Zockaie (PI), M. Ghamami (co-PI)
Project title: Middle East Technical University (METU) Smart Campus
Funding source: US Trade and Development Agency

PIs: T. Gates (PI), P. Savolainen (co-PI)
Project title: Research on the Operational Cost and Benefit of Speed Feedback Signs
Funding source: Michigan DOT

PIs: A. Zockaie (PI), M. Ghamami (co-PI), T. Gates (co-PI), P. Savolainen (co-PI)
Project title: Effectiveness of Green Strobes on Winter Maintenance Vehicles and Equipment
Funding source: Michigan DOT

PIs: S. Cotten (PI), E. Mack (co-PI), C.-H. Chang (co-PI), J. Ford (co-PI), J. Verboncoeur (co-PI), P. Savolainen (co-PI)
Project title: FW-HTF-RL: Preparing the Future Workforce for the Era of Automated Vehicles (WEAVE)
Funding source: National Science Foundation

PIs: E. Kassens-Noor (PI), P. Savolainen (co-PI), T. Gates (co-PI)
Project title: US-23 Performance and Safety Assessment
Funding source: Michigan DOT

PIs: A. Zockaie (PI), M. Ghamami (co-PI), T. Gates (co-PI)
Project title: Evaluation/Report for Collision Avoidance and Mitigation System (CAMS) on Winter Maintenance Trucks (WMT)
Funding source: Michigan DOT

PIs: T. Gates (PI), P. Savolainen (co-PI), M. Ghamami (co-PI), A. Zockaie (co-PI), D. Zhao (co-PI)
Project title: 2016 Work Zone Safety Grant
Funding source: Federal Highway Administration

PIs: T. Gates (PI), P. Savolainen (co-PI)
Project title: Traveler Expectations and Future Use of Highway Rest Areas in the Western United States
Funding source: Nevada DOT

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI), J. Burley (co-PI), T. Gates (co-PI), T. Qu (co-PI)
Project title: Developing a Consistent Data Driven Methodology to Multimodal, Performance Based and Context Sensitive Design
Funding source: Michigan DOT

PIs: T. Gates (PI)
Project title: Guidance for the Setting of Speed Limits, National Cooperative Highway Research Program
Funding source: National Cooperative Highway Research Program

PIs: T. Gates (PI), P. Savolainen (co-PI), A. Zockaie (co-PI)
Project title: Seat Belt and Hand-Held Device Use Direct Observation Survey
Funding source: Office of Highway Safety Planning

PIs: T. Gates (PI), P. Savolainen (co-PI)
Project title: Technical Support for Michigan Safe Routes to School
Funding source: Michigan Fitness Foundation

PIs: T. Gates (PI)
Project title: GIS Database Assessment
Funding source: City of Wixom

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI), T. Gates (co-PI), E. Kassens-Noor (co-PI)
Project title: Effectiveness of Crash Fact/ Safety Message Signs on Dynamic Message Signs
Funding source: Michigan DOT

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI), T. Gates (co-PI), E. Kassens-Noor (co-PI)
Project title: Evaluating the Impacts of the 2017 Legislative Mandated Speed Limit Increases
Funding source: Michigan DOT

PIs: T. Gates (PI), T. Qu (co-PI), P. Savolainen (co-PI), J. Burley (co-PI)
Project title: Synthesis of National Best Practices on Pedestrian and Bicycle Design, Guidance and Technology Innovations
Funding source: Michigan DOT

PIs: T. Gates (PI), P. Savolainen (co-PI)
Project title: Direct Observation Survey for Seat Belt and Hand-Held Device Use for Fiscal Year 2019
Funding source: Michigan OHSP

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI), C. Day (co-PI)
Project title: In-Service Evaluation of Culvert Extensions
Funding source: Iowa DOT

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI), C. Day (co-PI)
Project title: In-Service Evaluation of Railroad Signal and Stop Arm Pole Protection
Funding source: Iowa DOT

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI), C. Day (co-PI)
Project title: Evaluation of Speed Limit Policy Impacts on Iowa Highways
Funding source: Iowa DOT

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI), Hawkins (co-PI)
Project title: Investigation of Wrong-Way Driving
Funding source: Iowa DOT

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI), N. Hawkins (co-PI)
Project title: Highway Safety Improvement Program Implementation Process
Funding source: Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT)

PIs: T. Gates (PI), A. Zockaie (co-PI), M. Ghamami (co-PI)
Project title: Assessment of Countermeasure Gaps, Predictive Crash Analysis and Engineering Safety Programs in Michigan
Funding source: Michigan DOT

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI), A. Sharma (co-PI)
Project title: Installation Guidance for Centerline and Edgeline Rumble Strips in Narrow Pavements
Funding source: Iowa DOT, Iowa Highway Research Board, Midwest Transportation Center

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI), S. Hallmark (co-PI), A. Sharma (co-PI)
Project title: Risk Factor Identification
Funding source: Iowa DOT

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI)
Project title: Crash Cushion Selection Criteria
Funding source: Iowa DOT

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI)
Project title: In-Service Performance Evaluation of Median Cable Barrier in Iowa
Funding source: Iowa DOT

PIs: P. Savolainen (PI), N. Hawkins (co-PI)
Project title: Development of a Comprehensive Access Management Policy and Guidelines
Funding source: Iowa DOT