Civil Engineering: Research Areas

CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING

  • Automated construction performance monitoring; Intelligent data collection systems; Greenhouse gas emission reduction in construction; Innovative methods for construction in cold regions (Dr. E. Azar)

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

  • Water and wastewater treatment; Cold regions environmental engineering (Dr. W. Gao)

GEOTECHNICAL AND GEOENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

  • Electrokinetic ground improvement; Durability of cement-based concrete; Electrokinetic remediation; Hydrogeological and contaminant transport monitoring and analysis; Waste containment barriers; Hazardous waste site characterization (Dr. E. Mohamedelhassan, Dr. B. Kjartanson)

ROCK ENGINEERING

  • Rock mechanics and mining engineering; Tunnelling and underground excavations; Landslides and open pit slopes; Rockburst dynamics; Structural reliability; Dynamic stability of structures (Dr. J. Deng)

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

  • Fire resistance testing of steel, concrete and heavy timber structures; Finite element modelling of structural components subjected to fire; Performance-based design of structures; Building fire and smoke computer modelling; Health monitoring and rehabilitation of civil engineering structures under natural or man-made excitations; Structural dynamics; Vibration and control; Sensors and sensing technology; Earthquake engineering; Experimental studies of steel connections (Dr. S. Salem, Dr. A. Sadhu, Dr. Y. Gong, Dr. A. Gillies)

TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING

  • Design, operational and safety performance evaluation of transportation systems including intersection analysis, capacity analysis, transportation safety studies, transportation software applications and pavement performance (Dr. J. Pernia)

WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING

  • Experimental and numerical investigations on hydraulic structures; Experimental and numerical studies on multiphase flows; Investigations on non-Newtonian and complex fluids; River modelling; Hydrologic systems analysis and investigations; Drought analysis; Drainage and irrigation systems analysis; Flow through porous media analysis (Dr. A. Azimi, Dr. U. Panu)


Applicants for the PhD program or the MSc thesis-based program should indicate their research interests and desired supervisor in their application. In order to identify a potential supervisor, applicants are encouraged to contact individual professors regarding their research.