All Faculty

Department Chair

Mark Wiesner

Mark Wiesner

James B. Duke Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Membrane processes, nanostructured materials, transport and fate of nanomaterials in the environment, colloidal and interfacial processes, and environmental systems analysis

Primary Faculty

Wilkins Aquino

Wilkins Aquino

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Computational mechanics, finite element methods, computational inverse problems and their applications in engineering and biomedicine, scientific computing, computational acoustics and acoustics-structure interaction, coupled chemo-mechanics (e.g. electrochemistry-mechanics).

Ana P. Barros

Ana P. Barros

James L. Meriam Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Research Interests: Physics of water cycle processes in mountainous regions with a focus on cloud formation and precipitation; remote sensing of the environment using microwave and infrared sensors; long– range predictability and risk analysis of natural hazards; computational environmental fluid mechanics and...

Michael Howard Bergin

Michael Howard Bergin

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Aerosols are generated by a variety of natural and anthropogenic sources. I am interested in the processes that emit, transform and deposit particulate matter. A current focus of my research is how particles in the atmosphere directly modify the surface radiation balance of the Earth. This is of...

Fred K. Boadu

Fred K. Boadu

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: My research seek to develop an understanding of how the engineering, environmental and petrophysical properties of porous media (soils, fractured rock, biological tissues) affect measurable geophysical responses, and subsequently develop methodologies by which these properties can be obtained from...

Mark Edward Borsuk

Mark Edward Borsuk

Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Fall 2016)

Research Interests: Decision theory; integrated systems modeling and management; Bayesian statistics, uncertainty analysis; risk assessment; valuation methods; imprecise probabilities; sustainability science

Andrew Bragg

Andrew Bragg

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Fall 2016)

Research Interests: Fundamental and applied problems in fluid dynamics, especially turbulence, and its role in environmental systems.

Marc Deshusses

Marc Deshusses

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Deshusses' broad research interests are related to the design, analysis and application of processes for the bioremediation of contaminated air, water and soils. One area of on-going research is bioreactors for air pollution control. Results from this work have resulted among others in a better...

John Everett Dolbow

John Everett Dolbow

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Modeling quasi-static and dynamic fracture of structural components, the evolution of interfaces with nonlinear constitutive laws, and developing models for stimulus-responsive hydrogels

P. Lee Ferguson

P. Lee Ferguson

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Environmental analytical chemistry and applications of high resolution mass spectrometry to trace organic contaminant analysis, environmental fate and effects of carbon nanomaterials in the aquatic environment, proteomics in environmental toxicology, and mechanisms of environmental endocrine...

Henri P. Gavin

Henri P. Gavin

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, seismic hazard mitigation for building contents, nonlinear dynamics, system identification, optimal control with application to systems with controllable damping.

Claudia K. Gunsch

Claudia K. Gunsch

Theodore Kennedy Associate Professor

Research Interests: Identifying genetic adaptation mechanisms resulting from anthropogenic contaminant exposure; developing biosensors capable of pathogen and contaminant detection in water and air; studying the impact of emerging contaminants on aquatic microbial ecology; and the development of novel techniques for...

Heileen Hsu-Kim

Heileen Hsu-Kim

Mary Milus Yoh and Harold L. Yoh, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Aquatic chemistry and geochemistry, trace element environmental chemistry, nanogeoscience, mercury biogeochemistry, water-particle surface processes.

Tomasz Hueckel

Tomasz Hueckel

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: mechanics of materials, theoretical soil mechanics, rock mechanics, and environmental geomechanics, theory of plasticity

Zbigniew J. Kabala

Zbigniew J. Kabala

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Stochastic and deterministic theory of fluid flow and contaminant transport in saturated and unsaturated heterogeneous porous media, theory of related measurements, field and laboratory studies in subsurface hydrogeology, stochastic fields and processes, numerical and analytical methods and...

Marco Marani

Marco Marani

Professor of Eco-hydrology

Research Interests: My research interests include: understanding, through observations and modelling how the interaction between vegetation species and erosion/deposition processes leads to observed intertidal landforms, vegetation patterns, and biodiversity; development of an observational and a modelling...

Joseph C. Nadeau

Joseph C. Nadeau

Professor of the Practice in Civil And Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Theoretical and applied mechanics, micromechanics, composite materials, and probabilistic methods

J. Jeffrey Peirce

J. Jeffrey Peirce

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Environmental engineering, cyberinfrastructure networks, sensors, geotropospheric interactions, engineering systems optimization. Professor Jeffrey Peirce has been a member of the environmental engineering faculty in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University for 28 years. He received his...

Henry Petroski

Henry Petroski

Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering

Research Interests: Structural engineering; design; interrelationship between success and failure in design; nature of invention; history of engineering and technology

Amilcare Porporato

Amilcare Porporato

Addy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Near-wall turbulence, nonlinear analysis of hydrologic time series, stochastic soil moisture dynamics and water balance, soil-atmosphere interaction, and ecohydrology, complexity in the environment, sustainable use of soil and water resources.

David E. Schaad

David E. Schaad

Professor of the Practice of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Current research focuses on sustainable engineering, community development, water and wastewater treatment design, stormwater retention/detention and treatment design, hazardous waste remediation, urban hydrology, constructed wetland and stream restoration design, ecological stabilization,...

Guglielmo Scovazzi

Guglielmo Scovazzi

Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Finite element methods, computational fluid and solid mechanics, multiphase porous media flows, computational methods for fluid and solid materials under extreme load conditions, turbulent flow computations, instability phenomena.

Secondary Faculty

Richard T. Di Giulio

Richard T. Di Giulio

Professor of Environmental Toxicology

Martin Doyle

Martin Doyle

Professor in the Environmental Sciences and Policy Division

Research Interests: River processes (hydraulics, hydrology, sediment transport, ecology) River policy (Clean Water Act, hydropower relicensing, large river management)

Jay Golden

Jay Golden

Associate Professor of the Practice of Sustainable Systems Analysis

Peter K. Haff

Peter K. Haff

Professor Emeritus

James Hench

James Hench

Associate Professor of Oceanography

Research Interests: Environmental fluid mechanics, shallow-water physical oceanography, physical-biological interactions in marine environments, and marine technology

David E. Hinton

David E. Hinton

Nicholas Professor of Environmental Quality in the Nicholas School of the Environment

Dana E. Hunt

Dana E. Hunt

Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology

Marc A. Jeuland

Marc A. Jeuland

Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Prasad S. Kasibhatla

Prasad S. Kasibhatla

Professor in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy

Research Interests: Atmospheric chemistry, Regional and Global Modeling and Atmospheric chemical data analysis

Gabriel G. Katul

Gabriel G. Katul

Theodore S. Coile Professor of Hydrology and Micrometeorology

Research Interests: Micrometeorology and surface hydrology, Carbon and water cycling, and Environmental fluid dynamics

Omar Mohamad Knio

Omar Mohamad Knio

Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumar

Assistant Professor of Watershed Hydrology in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy

Wenhong Li

Wenhong Li

Associate Professor of Climate

Research Interests: Dr. Li's research interests focus primarily on climate dynamics, land-atmosphere interaction, hydroclimatology, and climate modeling. Her current research is to understand how the hydrological cycle changes in the current and future climate and their impacts on the ecosystems, subtropical high...

Brian Mann

Brian Mann

Jeffrey N. Vinik Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Research Interests: Nonlinear dynamics and vibration utilizing analytical, numerical, and experimental techniques. Fundamental investigations of phenomenon and application areas where dynamical systems theory plays an important role.

Joel Meyer

Joel Meyer

Associate Professor of Environmental Genomics in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy

Ram Oren

Ram Oren

Nicholas Professor of Earth Systems Science in the Nicholas School of the Environment

Curtis J. Richardson

Curtis J. Richardson

John O. Blackburn Professor

Research Interests: Dr. Richardson's research interests are in the area of applied ecology and are centered on wetlands ecology and restoration. The objectives of his research are to utilize ecological principles to develop new approaches to environmental problem solving. The goal of his research is to provide...

Heather M. Stapleton

Heather M. Stapleton

Dan and Bunny Gabel Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics and Sustainable Environmental Management

Avner Vengosh

Avner Vengosh

Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Lawrence N. Virgin

Lawrence N. Virgin

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Experimental verification of low-order nonlinear dynamical behavior (including chaos) using mechanical models. The interaction between dynamics and buckling including secondary bifurcation. Time series analysis in the context of condition monitoring...

Adjunct Faculty

John D. Albertson

John D. Albertson

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Surface hydrology and boundary layer meteorology; semi-arid vegetation dynamics; Large eddy simulation of turbulence and turbulent transport; urban air quality; hydroclimatic controls on infectious disease dynamics.

Melanie Auffan

Melanie Auffan

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jean-Yves Bottero

Jean-Yves Bottero

Adjunct Professor

Research Interests: Physical chemistry of organic, inorganic, and heterogeneous contaminants; physicochemical properties of surfaces; mechanisms of coagulation and flocculation; water and wastewater treatment

Massimo Germano

Massimo Germano

Adjunct Professor

Research Interests: Turbulence in fluids and its representation. Multiscale decompositions of turbulent flows. The Navier-Stokes, the Large Eddy and the Reynolds equations. Reynolds modeling and subgrid scale modeling for the Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent flows. Hybrid RANS/LES modeling.

Lyesse Laloui

Lyesse Laloui

Adjunct Professor

Research Interests: Natural and man-made systems with coupled phenomena. Environmental Geomechanics, Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering, Mechanics of Multiphase Porous Materials. Area of activities at Duke University: Thermo-mechanical behavior of soils, soil desiccation and shrinkage.

Douglas K. Miller

Douglas K. Miller

Adjunct Professor

Stefano Orlandini

Stefano Orlandini

Adjunct Associate Professor

Research Interests: Terrain analysis. Surface flow propagation. Surface-subsurface flow interaction. Flood protective measures. Flood control reservoirs. Wildlife impact on earthen dams and levees.

Desiree Louise Plata

Desiree Louise Plata

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: The focus of my work is on improving the development of novel chemicals and engineered systems to include environmental objectives, along with traditional performance and cost metrics. In particular, I seek to (1) predict and mitigate environmental damage through physiochemical understanding of...

James R. Rigby

James R. Rigby

Research Assistant, Ph D Student

Jerome C. Rose

Jerome C. Rose

Adjunct Associate Professor

Research Interests: Relation between nanostructure of materials and their reactivity and toxicity. Characterization of the structure of ultra-small (colloids and molecular clusters), and/or amorphous and highly divided materials down to the molecular scale.

Daniel Vallero

Daniel Vallero

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Measurement and modeling research in environmental systems, including high throughput risk screening, tracer studies, development of pollution collection devices, and biosystem engineering. Life cycle analysis and sustainable design.

Instructor

Chris E. Brasier

Chris E. Brasier

Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Architectural design

Emeritus Faculty

Miguel A. Medina

Miguel A. Medina

Profesor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Contaminant transport hydrology, specifically modeling flow and mass transport across surface/subsurface interfaces and interactions; and international water issues which include transboundary contaminant transport.

James F. Wilson

James F. Wilson

Professor Emeritus