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My research is focused on sustainable transportation infrastructure including rail, highway, and pipeline.   The target of this research is characterization of material properties and evaluation of the influence of the materials on safety, life-cycle cost, and maintenance requirements to help improve sustainability of infrastructure investments.  In graduate school I focused on infrastructure structural characterization and transportation materials assessment.  As an undergraduate, I completed a research project on railway structural design that provided insight to the decisions that affect infrastructure sustainability through understanding of design tradeoffs that influence future maintenance requirements.  I continue to pursue research in transportation materials and have conducted research on:

  • Material properties including elastic, dynamic, and electromagnetic properties of construction materials;
  • Soil improvement including grouting and physicochemical soil behavior modification;
  • Infrastructure management including inspection technologies and instrumentation to provide needed data to support and improve management decisions.


The deteriorating health of the nation’s infrastructure has been the center piece of articles from 60 minutes, to investigative reports about the cause of the I-35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis.  While the concept that innovations will be required to upgrade and maintain existing transportation infrastructure is well understood, the development of these innovations has not met demand.  This research applies interdisciplinary expertise between mechanics, materials, and civil engineering structural design to help transfer new technologies to infrastructure problems.  

Additional research topics:

Railroad Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

Transportation Infrastructure Management and Condition Assessment

Geophysics and Ground Penetrating Radar

Material properties including elastic, dynamic, and electromagnetic properties of construction materials

Soil improvement including grouting and physicochemical soil behavior modification

Soil structure interaction related to transportation infrastructure