Research Excellence

Graduate students are afforded the chance to study and perform research in some of the best-equipped laboratories and be advised by professors of international reputation.
Graduate students are afforded the chance to study and perform research in some of the best-equipped laboratories and be advised by professors of international reputation.

The faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston have expertise in environmental engineering, geosensing, geotechnical and materials engineering, structural engineering as well as water resources and fluid mechanics.

Graduate students are afforded the chance to study and perform research in some of the best-equipped laboratories in the United States and be advised by professors of international reputation.

Current and past students and faculty have won many awards for research papers and dissertations for the research done at our excellent facilities. One example is Dr. Michael O' Neill who was the recipient of the 1998 Terzaghi Lectureship, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Award.

The majority of the research performed at the University of Houston, and in most large universities, is funded by outside agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, Texas Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Water Environment Research Foundation, American Water Works Research Foundation, Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center, the City of Houston, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Minerals Management Service. Projects have also been funded from many industrial sources such as Montgomery Watson America's Inc., Exxon, and many others.

Environmental Engineering
Addressing National Academy of Engineering challenges in addition to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), faculty in the...
Geosensing
Faculty in Geosensing in our Department lead the nation in geospatial engineering and technologies using state-of-the-art sensors. They are experts...
Geotechnical and Materials Engineering
Encompassing geotechnical, materials and geo-environmental, faculty in the Department are researching novel characterization methods of composite...
Hydrosystems
Our faculty are at the forefront of research in water resources, hydrology, natural disasters, and hydrodynamics of fluid systems. They are...
Infrastructure
Research in this domain encompasses design of structures, retrofitting and rehab of transportation networks and infrastructure, failure analysis and...
Mechanics
Faculty in mechanics are developing mathematical formulations and analysis, as well as computational techniques for problems in structural, solid,...