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College of Engineering and Computing

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Our People

We perform state of the art research to enable intelligent and sustainable infrastructure.  Our graduate and undergraduate programs nurture the next generation of leaders responsible of designing, building and maintaining the infrastructure and systems that support our communities.

Our Faculty

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Nicole D. Berge

Dr. Berge's research focuses on improving our understanding of how physical, chemical, and biological processes can be manipulated to promote sustainable waste treatment techniques that lead to carbon sequestration, energy generation, and/or value-added product production.

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Juan Caicedo

Dr. Caicedo's area of specialization is in Structural Engineering with emphasis in Structural Dynamics. His research interests include both numerical and experimental research in the areas of structural dynamics, model updating, structural health monitoring, earthquake engineering and structural control.

Hanif Chaudhry

Hanif Chaudhry

Dr. Chaudhry's area of specialization is water resource engineering with emphasis on the mathematical and physical modeling of steady and unsteady flows in closed conduits and open-channel.

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Yuche Chen

Dr. Chen’s area of specialization is transportation engineering with emphasis on sustainability implications of transportation systems. He develops data-driven and empirical models to investigate how to leverage emerging transportation technologies to make transportation systems economically viable and environmentally friendly.

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Joseph Flora

Dr. Flora’s main research interests are in molecular modeling for environmental reactions, computer modeling of water quality engineering processes, and processes for water quality engineering.

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Sarah Gassman

Dr. Gassman specializes in geotechnical engineering. Her research interests are multidisciplinary in nature and currently include projects focused on non-destructive evaluation of foundations and bridge structures; the effect of soil aging on liquefaction potential; field performance of culvert pipe and behavior of embankment fill materials.

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Erfan Goharian

Dr. Erfan Goharian’s research focuses on water resources systems analysis and integrated management of water resources. He develops complex quantitative and computational models with the purpose of providing enhanced knowledge needed to better understand interactions in coupled human-natural systems and water-energy-food nexus, and how they are shaped by climate, environmental, economic, social and political changes.

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Shamia Hoque

Dr. Hoque’s research interests are on the development and application of mathematical models for fluid flow, pathogen dispersion and decontamination in the environmental system with the objective of informing risk assessors and first responders.

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Jasim Imran

Dr. Imran's area of specialization is water resources engineering. His major research interests are interdisciplinary in nature and involve application of fluid mechanics to study flow processes of both engineering and geophysical significance.

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Lesley Joseph

Dr. Joseph’s research interests include examining disparities in the physical and social well-being of disadvantaged communities, including differences in water access and water quality, health disparities, food security, disproportionate climate impacts, and various other environmental justice issues that are commonly present in underserved communities across the southeastern United States.

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Fabio Matta

Dr. Matta’s team conducts experimental and theoretical research on construction materials and their structural performance, ranging from affordable and high-quality earth masonry to advanced cement- and polymer-matrix composites.

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Michael Meadows

Dr. Meadows (aka DOP) area of specialization is water resources engineering with emphasis on stormwater modeling and management. His research is applied with emphasis on real world applications. He co-teaches the Capstone Senior Design class that involves students with projects that cover all areas of Civil Engineering.

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Robert L Mullen

Dr. Mullen's research interests are in the areas of computer modeling of engineering systems, biomechanics, mechanical behavior of micro electro-mechanical systems, coupled field problems, and interval methods for treating uncertainty.

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Charles Pierce

Charles Pierce is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Carolina. His research interests involve time domain reflectometry engineering applications, soil-structure interaction, slope stability and slope monitoring.

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Yu Qian

Dr. Yu Qian has been working on transportation infrastructure related research, including heavy haul, urban transit and high-speed railroad, pavement design and ground improvement. His research interests mainly focus on intelligent infrastructure design, inspection and maintenance, discrete and finite element simulation, machine learning and image analysis.

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Dimitris Rizos

Dr. Rizos' areas of interest are in structural mechanics with emphasis on railway and highway infrastructure, high speed rail systems, and civilian and military bridges.

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Inthuorn Sasanakul

Dr. Sasanakul has expertise in geotechnical centrifuge modeling, specializing in soil dynamics, soil characterization, instrumentations, and behavior of soils, and soil-structure systems that are subjected to earthquakes and other natural hazards.

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Enrica Viparelli

Dr. Viparelli's research area is water resources engineering. Her major interests are primarily related to the development of large-scale models of river morphodynamics that can be used for river and coastal restoration, and to study sediment transport, erosion and deposition at laboratory and field scales.

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Paul Ziehl

Dr. Ziehl oversees and maintains an active research program in the areas of structural prognostics, nondestructive evaluation, in-situ load testing, repair and strengthening, composite materials, and prestressed/reinforced concrete structures.


Emeritus Faculty

Ronald Baus

Ronald Baus

Dr. Baus’ research interest are in the area of geotechnical engineering.  Dr. Baus obtained his B.Sc., Ms., and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1972, 1975, and 1980 respectively.

Hugh Bradburn

J. Hugh Bradburn

Dr. Bradburn’s interest are in the area of mechanics and structural engineering.  Dr. Bradburn obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1968, his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State in 1966, and his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from The Citadel in 1963.

John Dickerson

John Dickerson

Dr. Dickerson’s interests are in applied mechanics, dynamics and mathematical modeling.  Dr. Dickerson obtained Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Applied Mechanics from the California Institute of Technology in 1967 and 1964 respectively.  Dr. Dickerson’s obtained his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1963.

Wilfred Humphries

Wilfred Kenneth Humphries

Dr. Humphries obtained his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, 1966.  His research interest includes solid dynamics, the effect of blast on structures, flexible pavements, soli stabilization, deep and shallow foundations, lateral earth pressures, and retaining walls.  He has received numerous awards and honors including the “Order of the Palmetto” (South Carolina’s highest honor), the rank of “Fellow” by both ASCE and NSPE among others.

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Steve McAnally

Dr. McAnally's research interests focus on water and wastewater treatment, particularly appropriate technology applications for developing communities.

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Richard P. Ray

Dr. Ray’s research interest are in the area of geotechnical engineering.  In particular in the areas of earthquake engineering, dynamic analysis, and soil structure interaction.  Dr. Ray obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1983.

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David Waugh

Dr. Waugh’s research interest are in the area of Structural Engineering.  Dr. Waugh was dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at USC from 1977 to 1987.  Dr. Waugh graduated from his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from USC in 1954 and from his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Yale in 1964.  Dr. Waugh was awarded the “Order of the Palmetto” (South Carolina Highest Honor) by two different South Carolina governors.  Dr. Waugh was the first in the state elected president of a major national engineering society (NSPE).  Dr. Waugh oversaw and raised the funds for the Swearingen Engineering Center and 300 Main Street buildings at USC.


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