Scholarship in the department is focused around three primary application domains: structures, transportation and water.

Structures:  Application of analytical and experimental approaches to the investigation of the effects of earthquakes and other extreme hazards on constructed facilities

Transportation:  Planning, design, operation, and management of modern transportation systems

Water:  Physical, chemical and biological processes that bear on water and waste treatment, water reuse, contaminant fate and transport, water quality and human health. Processes that control the transport and distribution of water in the environment and their influence on water supplies, flooding, ecosystems and climate