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Exploring Relationships between Public Transportation Providers and Carsharing Services

Much of the low-density urban development that has occurred in the United States over the last several decades has been enabled by and designed around the automobile. Most efforts to reduce automobile usage have focused ... More
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Inhalation Exposure to Pollutants in the Sleeping Microenvironment

Adults spend an average of 7.5 hours in bed per night, which corresponds to approximately one-third of our life. Previous research has found that we are exposed to numerous pollutants while sleeping, notably airborne al... More
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2004-Star-B1 Regional Development, Population Trend and Technology Change Impacts on Future Air Pollution Emissions

Urban development results in changes to land use and land cover and, consequently, to biogenic and anthropogenic emissions, meteorological processes, and processes such as dry deposition that influence future predictions... More
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A Comprehensive Analysis of Built Environment Characteristics on Household Residential Choice and Auto Ownership Levels

There has been an increasing interest in the land use-transportation connection in the past decade, motivated by the possibility that design policies associated with the built environment can be used to control, manage, ... More
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A Delta Dynamics Collaboratory

An interdisciplinary team of geoscientists, engineers, and ecologists will develop and test high-resolution, quantitative models to predict river delta dynamics spanning shorter-term engineering to longer-term geologic t... More
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Air Pollution Chemistry (CE 396L.1)

Classification, transport, transformation, deposition, sampling and analysis of particulate and gaseous air pollutants in urban, regional, and global - scale systems. More
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Air Pollution Control (CE 396L.3)

Sources, transport, fate, impacts, characteristics, and control of air contaminants; source control and prevention; urban air quality; occupational and residential indoor air quality. Design of air pollution control sys... More
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Air Pollution Engineering (CE 369L: CE 396L)

Sources, transport, fate, impacts, characteristics, and control of air contaminants; source control and prevention; urban air quality; occupational and residential indoor air quality. May be repreated for credit when top... More
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Air Quality Research Program

The specific goal of the State of Texas Air Quality Research Program (AQRP) is to support scientific research related to Texas air quality, in the areas of emissions inventory development, atmospheric chemistry, meteorol... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Air Resources Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

Research in the Air Resources emphasis area, within the EWRE program, is an interdisciplinary effort that encompasses atmospheric chemistry, ambient air quality monitoring and modeling, indoor air quality, and air pollut... More
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Air Resources Engineering Program

The University of Texas at Austin has developed one of the world's largest and most active programs in Air Resources Engineering. The University of Texas Program in Air Resources Engineering (UTPARE) currently includes ... More
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Air Sampling and Analysis (CE 397)

Collection and analysis of air samples for gaseous and particulate contaminants. Gas flow rate and calibration techniques, stationary source sampling and analysis, indoor air sampling, ozone and NOX ambient air modeling.... More
Research & Initiatives

Algae-Based Biofuels

The University of Texas at Austin is conducting a multidisciplinary research and development program directed toward extraction of triglycerides from algae for the production of transportation fuels. The triglyceride ext... More
Faculty & Staff

Allen, David

Dr Allen is the Director of the State of Texas Air Quality Research Program; his research group has been active for decades in performing measurements and modeling of regional air quality; he was one of the lead investig... More
Faculty & Staff

Alper, Hal

Using a variety of host systems, we seek to develop the necessary genetic tools and methodologies for creating industrially-relevant organisms for biomolecules, biofuels, and biopharmaceuticals. To accomplish this task, ... More
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Appraisal of Available Analytical Tools to Assess Environmental Justice Impacts of Toll Road Projects

In Texas, road pricing (e.g., toll roads or managed lanes) is considered a key tool to build needed transportation infrastructure. This has raised questions about environmental justice (EJ) and how it relates to tolling... More
Faculty & Staff

Armstrong, Neal

Dr. Armstrong's interests are primarily water quality management, analysis, modeling, and policy and include water pollution ecology (including biomonitoring and bioassessment). His current research includes: eutrophica... More
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Assessing Energy Requirements and Material Flows of Selective Laser Sintering Nylon Powder

Selective laser sintering (SLS) is a laser-based, additive manufacturing method for creating functional parts. Parts are built from a CAD model, layer-by-layer. The part is built inside a powder bed, and most of this pow... More
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ATI Clean Energy Incubator

The ATI Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) gives young clean energy companies the resources they need to succeed and grow into self-sustaining entities that contribute jobs to Austin and intellectual capital to the world. Loca... More
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Atmosphere Transport and Dispersion Model (CE 396L.5 )

Mathematical models of contaminant transport in the atmosphere; atmospheric turbulence and air pollution meteorology; Gaussian plume, gradient transport, and higher-order closure models; theoretical development and pract... More
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Bacteria Levels in Discharges from Road Right-of-Way

Excessive bacteria concentrations are the most common cause of water quality impairments in Texas, with almost 300 waterbodies identifi ed by the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ) as not meeting state stand... More
Faculty & Staff

Baldick, Ross

Dr. Baldick's current research involves optimization and economic theory applied to electric power system operations, the public policy and technical issues associated with electric transmission under deregulation, and t... More
Faculty & Staff

Barrett, Michael

Dr. Barrett's research interests include the quality, impacts, and mitigation of urban, agricultural, and construction site stormwater runoff; statistical analysis of water quality data, structural and nonstructural best... More
Faculty & Staff

Berberoglu, Halil

Dr. Berberoglu’s research integrates thermal-fluid sciences with bio- and nano-technology and focuses on exploiting a wide range of renewable energy sources and carbon sequestration technologies. His research activitie... More
Faculty & Staff

Bhat, Chandra

Dr. Bhat's research interests include transportation systems analysis, travel demand modeling, policy evaluation of the effect of transportation control measures on mobility and mobile source emissions, marketing researc... More
Faculty & Staff

Bickel, J. Eric

J. Eric Bickel's research interests include the theory and practice of decision analysis and its application in the energy arena. His research has addressed the modeling of probabilistic dependence, value of information,... More
Faculty & Staff

Blackhurst, Michael

Evaluating the life-cycle public and private impacts of sustainable building technologies under system constraints. More
Faculty & Staff

Boyles, Stephen

Network modeling; dynamic traffic assignment; transportation user behavior; infrastructure systems More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Building Energy and Environments Program -- Architectural Engineering (MSE)

The Building Energy and Environments program (BEE) consists of faculty, staff and students who focus on a wide range of issues related to building environments. These issues include building energy usage, energy flows, a... More
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Building Energy and Environments Technical Area Option - Architectural Engineering (BS)

The Building Environmental Systems area of practice involves the design of the building environment thermal comfort, acoustics and noise control, indoor air quality, illumination, and plumbing and electrical systems. Thi... More
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Building Energy Management Systems (C E 397)

This course examines the underlying thermodynamic principles of advanced building heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, studies integration of power production systems with building environmental con... More
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Building Energy Management Systems (C E 397)

Sustainability increasingly drives the decisions of consumers, producers, institutions, and governments. Thus, appropriate decision paradigms and improved analytical techniques are needed. Drawing on a broad array of dis... More
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Building Environmental Systems (ARE 346N)

Planning and design of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; noise and vibration control systems; power distribution and lighting systems; introduction to plumbing systems. More
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Building Information Modeling for Capital Projects (CE 395 R7)

This course focuses on the skills and information needed to effectively use an existing Building Information Model (BIM) in plan execution for a building construction project. This is a project-based course where student... More
Faculty & Staff

Burgin, John

Dr. Burgin's research interests include water resources planning and management; network optimization; and expert geographic information systems. More
Research & Initiatives

CAM Mix Design with Local Materials in Texas

In the mix design of crack attenuating mixes (CAM) using local aggregates, any use of lower quality aggregates for the construction of asphalt pavements could affect sustainability. The focus of this study will be on the... More
Research & Initiatives

Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Sponsor: Luminant Carbon Management Program More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Electromechanics

The University of Texas at Austin has grown its Center for Electromechanics into a world class center for modeling, analyzing, designing, and fabricating advanced electrical power generation and distribution systems. The... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER)

The Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER) serves as a liaison for energy and environmental research, education, and public service at the University of Texas at Austin. It focuses on efficient and economic... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security

The Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security (CFSES) is pursuing scientific understanding of multiscale, multiphysics processes to ensure safe and economically feasible storage of carbon dioxide and other bypro... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering

The mission of the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Research (CPGE) is to encourage and develop interdisciplinary research in petroleum and geosystems engineering as well as other areas related to energy a... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Research in Water Resources

"Located at UT's J.J. Pickle Research Campus, CRWR carries out advanced research, education, design, and planning in water resources and waste management, primarily related to Texas but also involving other areas of the ... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Space Research

The University of Texas at Austin, Center for Space Research was established in 1981 to conduct research in orbit determination, space geodesy, the Earth and its environment, exploration of the solar system, as well as e... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Transportation Research

Since its inception in 1963, the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at The University of Texas at Austin has evolved into one of the leading university-based transportation research facilities in the U.S. Its ongoi... More
Faculty & Staff

Charbeneau, Randall

Dr. Charbeneau's research interests include groundwater hydrology; subsurface fate and transport of chemicals; radiological assessment; and modeling. More
Courses

Chemical Dynamics in the Environment (CE 397)

Environmental chemodynamics: interphase equilibrium, reactions, transport processes and related models for anthropogenic substances across natural interfaces (air-water-sediment-soil) and associated boundary regions. More
Research & Initiatives

Clean Energy in Texas

Sponsor: Texas Committee on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Clean Energy Materials Thrust - Materials Science and Engineering (MS,PhD)

Rapid depletion of fossil fuels and growing environmental concerns make energy one of the greatest challenges facing humankind in the 21st century. The Clean Energy Materials Thrust is focused on the design and developme... More
Research & Initiatives

Climate Change Adaptation Strategies - Rio Santa Basin, Peru

Researchers from the Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) at The University of Texas at Austin engaged in a program of developing water management tools for use in the Rio Santa basin of Peru. The research is ... More
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Comparative Methods Radiation Transportation (ME 388F)

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Concrete Technology and Durability

Any research directed toward improving concrete performance and durability also has the benefit of improving sustainability. Concrete durability is one of the most important areas of research in our field. Durability pr... More
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Contemporary Transportation Issues (CE 391T)

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Contributions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Forgotten River Watershed Management Plan: Ft. Quitman to Presidio, Texas

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracted with the University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research (CSR) to compile and create digital Geographic Information System (GIS) data for the Forgotten River Watershed ... More
Research & Initiatives

Cool It

My research is featured in this documentary, which addresses possible responses to climate change. More
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Corpus Christi Air Quality Project

As a result of a Court Ordered Condition of Probation the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) awarded The University of Texas at Austin... More
Faculty & Staff

Corsi, Richard L.

Dr. Corsi's research focuses on the physics and chemistry of indoor air. He has served as principal investigator on over 60 research projects, ranging from the sorptive interactions between polar/non-polar VOCs and indoo... More
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Cost-Effective Capture & Storage of CO2 through Energy Production from Saline Aquifers

The potential to sequester very large volumes of CO2 in deep saline aquifers is very well known. A significant fraction of these deep, high-temperature aquifers are saturated with CH4 (methane) at pressures exceeding nor... More
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Design for Environment (CHE 341)

Overview of environmental assessment tools for chemical processes and products, including life cycle and risk assessments. Overview of design tools for improving environmental performance of chemical processes, including... More
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Design for Environment: Guidelines for Future Product Design

creased emphasis on the well-being of the environment for sustained health, quality of living, and wealth of resources is challenging corporations to innovate products which meet customer needs while using fewer and clea... More
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Design of Air Conditioning Systems (ME 374R)

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Design of Energy Efficient and Healthy Buildings (ARE 370; ARE 381E; CE 381E)

Design of buildings for low energy use and optimal indoor air quality. Includes ventilation, energy efficiency, moisture problems, and prevention by design. More
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Design of Nuclear Systems (ME 388N)

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Design of Wastewater and Water Treatment Facilities (CE 364)

Prerequisite: C E 356 and credit or registration for C E 342, or consent of instructor. More
Research & Initiatives

Develop a System to Support Preparation of Life-Cycle Budget Needs for Highways

Budget planning is important to managing highways. Ideally, the budget planning process can be streamlined by a procedure that would facilitate life-cycle budget needs analysis for highway sections from fence to fence, w... More
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Developing a Fundamental Understanding of the Chemistry of Warm Mix Additives

Porous friction course (PFC), more than any other pavement surface, serve to reduce tire-pavement noise and are used in lieu of or together with noise barriers to reduce sound levels in urban areas. PFC's enhance the dra... More
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Development of a Solar-Powered Vehicle (EE 309S; EE 362S; ME 379M; ASE 379L)

Analysis, design, and construction of a solar-powered car for national competitions involving other universities. Study of electrical, mechanical, and aerodynamic systems. Electrical Engineering 309K (Topic: Development ... More
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Development of Predictive Model for Bridge Deck Cracking and Strength Development

Early-age cracking, typically caused by drying shrinkage (and often coupled with autogenous and thermal shrinkage), can have several detrimental effects on long-term behavior and durability. Cracking can also provide ing... More
Research & Initiatives

Dispatchable Solar, Wind Storage System (DSWISS)

Sponsor: Austin Energy More
Faculty & Staff

Dodabalapur, Ananth

Dr. Dodabalapur's teaching interests are in the areas of electronic circuits (undergraduate), organic and polymer semiconductors (graduate), and charge transport in organic semiconductors (graduate). His current researc... More
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Drinking Water: Treatment and Public Health Issues (CE 385W)

Topics to be discussed are Drinking Water Regulations, Oxidation and Disinfection, Natural Organic Matter and Disinfection By-Products, Membrane Processes, Membrane Processes, Inorganics: Issues and Treatment, Synthetic ... More
Faculty & Staff

Durrenberger, Cyril

Cyril Durrenberger is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and a Research Fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests lie in issues relate... More
Faculty & Staff

Duthie, Jennifer

Dynamic Traffic Assignment Uncertainty in long-range forecasts Environmental Justice Non-motorized transportation More
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Economic Analysis in the Petroleum Industry (EER 396/PGE 389)

Graduate seminar covering a wide range of issues in energy and earth resources. Cross-listed with PGE. More
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Economic Considerations in Transportation System Development & Operations

An essential backbone of regional and national economies, transportation has a myriad of associations and impacts. An understanding of the casual mechanisms behind, and the extent of, these associations and impacts can b... More
Faculty & Staff

Edgar, Tom

Control system monitoring and diagnosis, Microelectronics manufacturing, optimization. More
Centers & Institutes

Electric Vehicle Transportation and Electricity Convergence Center (EV-TEC)

The Electric Vehicle Transportation and Electricity Convergence (EV-TEC) Center represents a joint effort by Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin, the National Science Foundation, and numerous corporat... More
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Electrochemcial Supercapacitors

Electrochemical capacitors (double layer and redox capacitors) offer the important advantages of superior cyclability and high power capability compared to batteries. However, the limited capacitance of carbon materials ... More
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Emerging Technologies (ARE 377K; ARC 350R)

London is home to many of the world's most innovative and influential Architecture and Engineering firms. This course takes students behind-the-scenes to learn about the latest design technologies of world-class building... More
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Energy and Earth Resource Economics (EER 396;PGE 383)

Required core course for Energy and Earth Resources graduate students. Graduate seminar covering a wide range of issues in energy and earth resources. Cross-listed with PGE 383. More
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Energy and Indoor Air Quality: Field Measurements (ARE 383;CE397)

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Energy Development & Policy (BGS 380; C E 397; LAW 397S; M E 397; P A 388K)

This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to the legal, business, and technical facets of energy development and entrepreneurship. The course is structured around four potential development sites—two wind d... More
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Energy Simulation in Building Design (ARE 371; ARE 383; CE 397)

Fundamentals of building energy simulations, analytical models for heat transfer in buildings, general numerical methods for solving equations from the analytical models, use of energy simulation tools in building design... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Energy Systems and Renewable Energy Technical Core - Electrical and Computer Engineering (BS)

The Energy Systems and Renewable Energy Technical Core provides the foundation for a career in electric power systems, generation, grid operation, motors and drives, and renewable energy sources. This Core involves the s... More
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Energy Systems Laboratory (ME 363L)

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Energy Technologies Technical Area Option - Chemical Engineering (BS)

The need for energy sustainability and new energy technologies provides some of the most significant scientific and engineering challenges that face society. Chemical engineers are uniquely qualified to address these iss... More
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Energy Technology and Policy (PA 388K; ME 397; ME 397M, EER 396; MAN 385; CHEM 359; CHEM 384)

Technology and policy related to energy supply and demand, oil and gas production, coal utilization, hydrogen production, fuel cells, transportation, nuclear power, solar and wind energy, biomass utilization, energy cons... More
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Energy Use and Opportunities in the Wastewater Treatment Sector

Sponsor: Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy More
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Engineering and Management of Municipal and Industrial Residuals (CE 388N)

Characterization and collection of solid wastes; biological, chemical and physical principles and integrated systems applicable to the treatment and disposal of municipal and industrial reduals. Two lecture hours and thr... More
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Engineering and Public Policy (CHE 379, CHE 384)

This course introduces advanced undergraduates and graduate students to issues at the interface of science, technology, public policy. Students will explore perspectives in the policy decision-making process — agenda... More
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Engineering Communication (CE 333T)

This course prepares engineering students to communicate engineering innovations and solutions to a range of audiences, from non-technical to technical. It also encourages them to think critically about sustainability an... More
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Engineering Hydrology: Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources (CE 394K.3)

Principles of geographic information systems, hydrology, and database management systems applied to water resources problems. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor. More
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Engineering Hydrology: Groundwater Pollution and Transfer (CE 394K.1 )

This course is designed to give graduate environmental and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, geology, and other interested students a quantitative understanding of the physical and chemical processes... More
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Engineering Hydrology: Surface Water (CE 394K.2)

Rainfall runoff processes, hydrograph theory, linear and nonlinear hydrologic system models, hydrologic and hydraulic streamflow routing, rainfall and flood flow frequency analysis, watershed models. More
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Engineering Microbiology (CE 390J)

Fundamentals of microbiology and biochemistry as applied to environmental pollution and treatment processes, energetics and kinetics of microbial growth, and biological fate of pollutants; introduction to laboratory tech... More
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Engineering Professionalism (CE 171P)

The objective of this course is to present the fundamental non-technical aspects of civil, architectural and environmental engineering practice so that you develop an appreciation for the need to balance the demands of e... More
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Engineering Sustainable Technology (CHE 397)

Flows of materials and energy in engineering environments at local, regional, and global scales, and the interaction of those anthropogenic flows with natural cycles of materials and energy. Discusses biogeochemical flow... More
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Environmental Analysis (CE 390L )

This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles of environmental chemistry and methods for the analysis of environmental samples. The principles of a given analysis should be understood before any anal... More
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Environmental Engineering Research Seminar (CE 393M )

Presentation and discussion of environmental topics in surface water, groundwater, air resources, and land resources. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Environmental Engineering Science Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

The goal of the Environmental Engineering Science emphasis area, within the EWRE program, is to determine the fate and transport of pollutants and develop an understanding of the fundamental chemical and biochemical reac... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Environmental Engineering Technical Area Option- Civil Engineering (BS)

Environmental Engineering is a Technical Area option within the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science degree. Environmental engineers address problems related to public health and the en... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Environmental Engineering Technical Option Area - Chemical Engineering (BS)

Chemical engineers are uniquely qualified to contribute to the solution of environmental problems and to design processes and products that minimize environmental hazards. From pollution prevention by process optimizatio... More
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Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (CE 397)

Life cycle analysis (LCA) identifies the “cradle to grave” environmental and sustainability impacts of a product, processes, or policy. This course teaches life cycle methods, including process-based methods, input-o... More
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Environmental Organic Chemistry (CE 390P )

Advanced topics in the environmental chemistry of organic contaminants in groundwater, soil and air systems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. More
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Environmental Sampling and Analysis (CE 370K)

Principles of environmental chemistry; measurement of contaminants in air, water, and land environments; applications to municipal, industrial, and ambient samples. More
Research & Initiatives

Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development

The need for robust methods that can accurately measure bicycle and walking activity has long been recognized, particularly in relation to land use. Many planning agencies are trying to assess the potential for smart gro... More
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Evaluation and Analysis of Texas Biofuel Supply Chains Originating in the U.S. Midwest and Brazil

This 2009 study, funded by the Southwest Region University Transportation Center, investigates competing ethanol supply chains terminating in the State of Texas. Midwest corn ethanol and Brazilian sugarcane ethanol const... More
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Evolution of the Nations’ Vehicle Fleet and GHG Emissions Reduction under Climate Policies

Energy and carbon-reducing policies are coming, along with new vehicle technologies. No one knows how quickly the nation’s fleet and carbon footprint will evolve. This work will build off recent SWUTC work on the evolu... More
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Export Growth, Energy Costs, and Sustainable Supply Chains

The research examines sustainable supply chains in North America and the role played by rail intermodal operations in lowering ten-mile fuel and emission costs. It examines whether current systems favor imports over expo... More
Faculty & Staff

Ferland, Kathey

Kathey Ferland is a Project Manager with the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources. She currently manages the Texas Industries of the Future project focused on finding efficient energy management practices and te... More
Faculty & Staff

Ferreira, Paulo

My research interests focus on the study of the atomic structure and defect behavior of nanomaterials, through in-situ and high-resolution TEM techniques. In particular, I am interested in understanding the relationships... More
Faculty & Staff

Ferron, Raissa

Dr. Raissa Douglas Ferron's research group focuses on studying on infrastructure materials, and is primarily dedicated to researches concerning cementitious engineering materials. Dr. Ferron’s research expertise is in ... More
Faculty & Staff

Freeman, Benny

Professor Benny Freeman received the 2008 Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology for his work on gas separations using membranes. Freeman was recognized for a number of contributions to his field. For exampl... More
Research & Initiatives

Fuel Cells

Fuel cells are appealing for a variety of energy needs including portable, transportation, and stationary applications since they offer clean energy with high efficiencies. However, a widespread commercialization of fuel... More
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Geoenvironmental Engineering (CE 387C)

The overall objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the use of geotechnical concepts in the analysis and design of environmental systems. Focus will be placed on the evaluation of waste containment fac... More
Faculty & Staff

Ghattas, Omar

Modeling of dynamics of polar ice sheets; seismic inversion. More
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Goodenough, John

Dr. Goodenough's research into the relationships between the chemistry, structure, and electronic/ionic properties of solids addresses fundamental solid state problems in order to design new materials that can enable an ... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Graduate Portfolio Program: Integrated Watershed Science

The Integrated Watershed Science Graduate Portfolio Program is a certificate program that allows an interdisciplinary approach to the study and research of water issues by integrating already existing resources throughou... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Graduate Portfolio Program: Sustainability

The Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability provides Master and Doctoral students with a trans-disciplinary framework to study and research issues related to sustainability. Sustainability is an emerging discourse t... More
Faculty & Staff

Grady, Mack

Dr. Grady's research interests are mainly in the area of electric power systems, with special focus on harmonics and power quality. He regularly teaches courses in power system engineering, power electronics, and circuit... More
Research & Initiatives

Green Marine Transportation Program

The Green Marine Transportation Program is focused on the development of technologies for improving the fuel efficiency of ships. Studies are focused on quantifying the annual fuel consumption associated with each of the... More
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Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Factor Development Project

Currently, the primary source of information on methane emissions from the natural gas industry is a study conducted in 1996 for the Gas Research Institute (GRI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While ... More
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Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (CHE 384; CHE 379)

"This course will be structured around GHGT-10, the 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies. Attendance will be required at the Conference to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from Septe... More
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Groundwater Hydraulics (CE 374L)

This course will give the senior Civil Engineering undergraduate and graduate Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering students a quantitative understanding of the hydraulics of subsurfa... More
Faculty & Staff

Hallock, Gary

Dr. Hallock's research is in plasma science and involves two different areas in this applied science field. The first involves high performance Hall-type plasma thrusters, which are being developed for stationkeeping of ... More
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Harrison, Robert

Robert Harrison is a Senior Research Scientist and the Deputy Director at the Center for Transportation Research (CTR), The University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in the area of transportation planning for over 30 ... More
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Hazardous Waste Management (CE 346K; CE 385J)

Legal and technological approaches to effective and sustainable control of hazardous wastes and contaminated sites, studied through problem evaluation and solution. More
Faculty & Staff

Hebner, Robert

Dr. Hebner's research interests include high voltage pulse generators, electrical conduction and breakdown, superconducting motors,hybrid vehicle technology, high speed generators, energy storage, and advanced low-volume... More
Faculty & Staff

Heller, Adam

In his studies of solar energy conversion, Heller demonstrated that photo-electrochemical cells can convert efficiently sunlight to electrical power and to chemical energy, stored as hydrogen. He raised the solar convers... More
Faculty & Staff

Hodges, Ben

Dr. Hodges' interests are centered on environmental fluid mechanics. His work typically involves studying the physics of transport in surface water (lakes, rivers, estuaries and wetlands) and linkages between hydrodynami... More
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Howard, Teresa

Ms. Howard, a geographer by training, provides geospatial support and analysis for projects related to natural resource monitoring and emergency response. Her primary geographical focus is Texas. She works with large arc... More
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Human Exposure Analysis (CE 397)

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Human Exposure to Indoor Air Pollution (CE 396L.6)

This course will focus on human inhalation exposure to pollution in both the gaseous and particle (liquid and solid) phases. The emphasis will be on non-industrial indoor environments, but the underlying principles and t... More
Faculty & Staff

Hutson, Nathan

Nathan Hutson is a researcher at CTR. His main areas of study are maritime planning and economics In addition to intermodal rail and trucking operations. In addition, he has performed research on transportation finance, ... More
Research & Initiatives

Hybrid Distribution Trucks: Costs and Benefits

This study will explore the growing interest from federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Metropolitan Planning Agencies (MPOs) failing to meet air quality standards, and mechanical engineering r... More
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Hydraulic Engineering Design (CE 365K)

Application of engineering hydraulics to stormwater management; storm sewer design; engineering hydrology; open-channel hydraulics; hydraulic structures; culverts and bridges; stormwater detention facilities. (Charbeneau... More
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Hydrology (CE 374K)

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to: Principles and processes governing the movement of water through the hydrologic cycle, including atmospheric moisture flow, surface runoff, infiltration, and g... More
Research & Initiatives

ICESat-2 Science Definition Team

This effort provides input to the Science Definition Team for NASA's ICESat-2 (Ice Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2) which is scheduled to be launched in 2015. One of four top-priority missions listed in the National... More
Research & Initiatives

IGERT: Sustainable Grid Integration of Distributed and Renewable Resources

A collaborative research and education project between UT-Austin and the Pecan Street Project in Austin is the basis for a recently funded NSF IGERT proposal, which is to train up to 12 graduate students per year. Alread... More
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Impacts of Energy Developments on the Texas Transportation System

Texas's energy sector has a critical impact—historically and currently—on both the state economy and the Texas transportation system. The state’s various transportation modes, including rail, highways, pipelines, a... More
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Improving Our Understanding of How Highway Congestion and Pricing Affect Travel Demand

Traffic operations and planning models generally require both demand and supply inputs. Travel demand could be static (for planning models), dynamic (for planning and operational models) or in the form of activity schedu... More
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Indoor Air Quality: Physics and Chemistry (CE 396L.4)

Sources, transport, and fate of indoor air pollutants. Interactions between indoor pollutants and indoor materials. Indoor air chemistry. Human exposure to pollutants in indoor environments. More
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Indoor Air Quality: Transport and Control (CE 389T; ARE 389T)

Transport and control of indoor pollutants. Includes particulate removal and pollutant transport into and within indoor environments. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in archit... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Indoor Environmental Science and Engineering Program (IGERT)

The mission of this program is to provide a unique and interdisciplinary educational experience focused on indoor environmental science and engineering. Our program is grounded in scientific principles and the developme... More
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International Petroleum Concessions/Agreements (PGE 383, EMR 396, PGE 363)

The course examines the international agreements and fiscal regimes that are applied to petroleum exploration and development in countries around the world. It focuses on the relationship between oil companies and host... More
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International Transportation Best Practices

Virtually every country and metropolitan area worldwide has been confronted with similar public policy issues as the United States in general and Region 6 in particular. Among the public policy issues are how best to add... More
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Intro to Nuclear Power Systems (ME 337C)

Radioactivity, nuclear interactions- fission and fusion, fission reactors, nuclear power systems, nuclear power safety. Prerequisite: For engineering majors, Physics 303L and 103N with a grade of at least C in each and a... More
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Introduction To Environmental Engineering (CE 341 )

This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles of environmental engineering. Topics include material balances, environmental chemistry, risk assessment, air quality, water quality, and wastewater trea... More
Faculty & Staff

Jablonowski, Christopher

Associate Director of the Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program. His recent empirical research has focused on well construction technology assessment; cost modeling and benchmarking of drilling and facilities; turn... More
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Johnston, Keith P.

We utilize fundamental concepts in colloid and interface science and materials chemistry to design, synthesize and characterize nanocomposite materials for biomedical, pharmaceutical and energy applications. Nanotechnol... More
Research & Initiatives

Joint Model of Choice of Residential Neighborhood and Bicycle Ownership: Accounting for Self-Selection and Unobserved Heterogeneity

This study presents a joint model of residential neighborhood type choice and bicycle ownership. The objective is to isolate the true causal effects of the neighborhood attributes on household bicycle ownership from spur... More
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Juenger, Maria

Maria C. Garci Juenger is an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research focus on materials used in civil e... More
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Katz, Lynn

Dr. Katz's teaching interests include aquatic chemistry, surface and interfacial phenomena, physicochemical treatment processes for water and wastewater and biological wastewater treatment. Her research has focused on th... More
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Kinney, Kerry

Dr. Kinney's research in environmental engineering focuses on the beneficial application of microorganisms to the treatment of pollutants in the environment. Her research team develops biological treatment systems for co... More
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Kirisits, Mary Jo

Dr. Kirisits's teaching interests include biological treatment processes, biofilms, environmental microbiology, and molecular biology. Her research emphasizes the importance of applying the tools of molecular biology and... More
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Klein, Dale

Dale E. Klein is Associate Director of the Energy Institute and Associate Vice President for Research at UT-Austin. Formerly he was Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and also served as a member of the Commiss... More
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Kockelman, Kara

Modeling of travel behavior, location choice decisions, and the connection between urban form and travel; Planning and policy-making in the context of intra-urban personal travel needs and land development; Roadway safet... More
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Korgel, Brian A.

Nanotechnology can be defined as the study of material properties and interactions on a nanometer length scale. Our experimental group focuses on investigating size-tunable material properties, and the rational self-asse... More
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Kwasinski, Alexis

Dr. Kwasinski’s research interests are in the broad areas of power electronics, energy conversion, and electromechanical systems, with emphasis on distributed generation (microgrids), nonlinear power electronics contro... More
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Lawler, Desmond

Dr. Lawler's research includes both experimental and mathematical approaches in studying physical and chemical treatment processes for the treatment of drinking water, wastewater, and industrial process water. Much of hi... More
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Leite, Fernanda L.

Dr. Leite's research interests include: computer-aided engineering and design; product and process modeling; construction management; building information modeling; information technology for project management; life-cyc... More
Research & Initiatives

Linking ICESat Observations to Cryosat-2: Elevation Change Detection, Waveform Analysis, and Cross-Calibration

The ICESat (Ice Cloud and land Elevation Satellite) and Cryosat-2 missions both make global elevation measurements, both with a critical emphasis on the polar regions (Greenland, Antarctica, and sea ice). This research c... More
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Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries have become the power source of choice for portable electronic devices as they offer higher energy density compared to other rechargeable battery systems. They are also intensely pursued for hybrid ... More
Faculty & Staff

Loftus-Otway, Lisa

Lisa Loftus-Otway's research interests include transportation law and policy; energy, environment and sustainable development law and policy; freight planning and policy; public-private partnerships (PPP); and transporta... More
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Long-Term Performance of Drilled Shaft Retaining Walls

The objective of this project is to provide TxDOT with guidance for the design of drilled shaft retaining walls in expansive clay soils. The range of assumptions being used today in design practice when dealing with expa... More
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Low Impact Development (LID) Workshop Training

The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (LBJWC) are holding a series of FREE LID workshops in eight communities containing local wat... More
Faculty & Staff

Machemehl, Randy

Dr. Machemehl's research interests include Transportation System Operations, Public Transportation Systems Planning and Design, Traffic Data Acquisition, Traffic Simulation, Transportation System Demand Forecasting, Free... More
Faculty & Staff

Maidment, David

David R. Maidment is the Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering and Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a specialist in surface water hyd... More
Faculty & Staff

Malina, Joseph

Biological treatment of municipal and industrial wastewaters; handling, treatment, and disposal of municipal sludges; industrial residuals and hazardous wastes; solid waste engineering; computer-aided-engineering of wast... More
Faculty & Staff

Manthiram, Arumugam

Dr. Manthiram directs a large, productive research group in electrochemical energy technologies with 27 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. His current research is focused on high energy density batteries, in... More
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Materials Chemistry for Energy (CHE 384 )

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Materials for Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes

New electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries are essential for reducing greenhouse gases and enhanced utilization of renewable energy sources. We are trying to identify new materials and nano-structures for use as e... More
Faculty & Staff

McCray, Talia

Transportation Policy and Planning, Healthcare Access, Quantitative and GIS methods, Sustainable Transportation. More
Faculty & Staff

McDonald-Buller, Elena

Dr. Elena McDonald-Buller is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She currently oversees a research group at the ... More
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McKinney, Daene

Dr. McKinney's is a Professor in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program of the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He teaches undergraduate courses in Fluid Mechanics,... More
Research & Initiatives

Measuring and Removing Dissolved Metals from Storm Water in Highly Urbanized Areas

The objectives of this research are to (1) develop accurate and scientifically defensible testing protocols that can provide a reliable and repeatable measure of dissolved metals content in storm water and (2) develop co... More
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Mega-Region Freight Issues in Texas: A Synopsis

Megaregions originate from the work of French geographer Jean Gottmann, which described a new urban form, Megalopolis, to characterize the network of interconnected cities from Boston to Washington, D.C. along the Atlant... More
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Meyers, Jeremy P.

Dr. Jeremy Meyers earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 2006. Dr. Meyers researches the design and opt... More
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Modeling Energy Storage for a Green Yacht

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Modeling of Air and Pollutant Flows in Buildings (ARE 383; ARE 372; CE 397)

Fundamentals of indoor airflow modeling, use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for air quality and thermal comfort analyses, application of CFD for analysis of air velocity, temperature, humidity, and contaminant dis... More
Research & Initiatives

Modeling Residential Sorting Effects to Understand the Impact of the Built Environment on Commute Mode Choice

This research examined the significance of residential sorting or self selection effects in understanding the impacts of the built environment on travel choices. Land use and transportation system attributes are often tr... More
Faculty & Staff

Mullins, Charles Buddie

The research interests of Professor Buddie Mullins include materials chemistry for energy regarding: (i) solar photoelectrocatalysis relating to the production of fuels from sunlight, (ii) the catalysis and surface chemi... More
Faculty & Staff

Murphy, Cynthia

Cynthia Folsom Murphy is a Research Associate for the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research interests lie in the area of environmental and economic asse... More
Faculty & Staff

Murphy, Michael

Dr. Murphy is a Research Fellow at CTR. He has over 25 years experience in highway design, pavement design and evaluation, non-destructive testing, super-heavy load analysis, load zone analysis and accelerated pavement t... More
Research & Initiatives

Nanomaterials

Nanomaterials are intensely pursued for a variety of technological applications. Chemical synthesis and processing play a critical role in accessing nanomaterials with desired morphology, microstructure, and properties. ... More
Faculty & Staff

Neuenschwander, Amy

Amy Neuenschwander works with the Geospatial Laser Applications and Measurements group at the Applied Research Laboratories. Her research interests include scaling relationships between airborne and spacebased sensor sys... More
Research & Initiatives

Nexus of Food and Energy

Sponsor: Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy More
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Non-Destructive Evaluation of In-Service Concrete Structures Affected by Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR) or Delayed Ettringite Formation (DEF)

This proposal describes a comprehensive, collaborative research project aimed at evaluating the potential use of non-destructive testing (NDT) to assess structures affected by ASR and/or DEF. This project brings together... More
Faculty & Staff

Novoselac, Atila

His area of research includes studies related to improvement of indoor environment and development of energy efficient building environmental systems. By combining experimental studies and computational modeling, he is d... More
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Nuclear Environmental Protection (ME 389C)

Ionizing radiation and its interactions with matter and living tissues; radioactive decay kinetics; external and internal dose measurement; transportation through the environment; managing radioactive waste streams; and ... More
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Nuclear Health Physics (ME 389D)

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Office of Naval Research Electric Ship Program

The U.S. Navy is investing in technology for an electric naval force in order to increase affordability and military capability. This transformational war fighting capability is based on integrated electric power system ... More
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Optimizing Resource Allocations for Routine Highway Maintenance

TxDOT has been experiencing fluctuations of budget over the years in terms of the resources available for maintaining and preserving the highway infrastructure. This fluctuation in budget can potentially make the highway... More
Faculty & Staff

Orbach, Raymond

Dr. Raymond Lee Orbach is Director of The University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute, a multi-disciplinary institute that combines the strengths of the university's schools and colleges to advance solutions to toda... More
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Particles in Water (CE 397)

The science and engineering of behavior of particles in water. Interactions of particles with the solution and other particles (double layer, hydrodynamics), and engineering processes for particle removal (flocculation, ... More
Research & Initiatives

Pecan Street Project

UT faculty and students are providing research support for the DOE sponsored smart grid demonstration that was awarded to the Pecan Street Project ($10 million over five years). In the smart grid demonstration project at... More
Research & Initiatives

Performance of Permeable Friction Course (PFC) Pavements Over Time

There are many important design, construction, and maintenance issues associated with permeable friction courses (PFC) that have been increasingly utilized by TxDOT over the past several years based on safety and environ... More
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Photocatalytic NOx/HRVOC/O3 Removal in Transportation Applications

The focus of the proposed research is intensive and thorough testing of three commercial photocatalytic coatings applied to portland cement concrete to provide accurate data that are representative of highway application... More
Faculty & Staff

Pope, Gary

Professor Gary A. Pope is the Director of the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Texaco Centennial Chair in Petroleum Engineering, where he has taught since... More
Research & Initiatives

Population Updating System Structures and Models Embedded Within the Comprehensive Econometric Microsimulator for Urban Systems (CEMUS)

This project and its report describes the development of a population update modeling system as part of the development of the Comprehensive Econometric Microsimulator for SocioEconomics, Land-use, and Transportation Sys... More
Research & Initiatives

Potential Value Extraction from TxDOT’s Right of Way and Other Property Assets

Many State Departments of Transportation, including the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), are increasingly challenged by inadequate funding from traditional federal and state fuel taxes. These taxes were concei... More
Research & Initiatives

Preparing for EPA Effluent Limitation Guidelines

In this project, monitoring and testing experiments will be conducted to: determine "typical turbidity" representative of TxDOT's construction site discharges, collect performance data on innovative erosion and sediment ... More
Courses

Project Management and Economics (ARE 323 K)

Solving economic problems related to construction and engineering; construction project management techniques; characteristics of construction organizations, equipment, and methods. In relation to sustainability, student... More
Faculty & Staff

Prozzi, Jolanda

Ms. Jolanda Prozzi holds a Master of Science in Transportation Technology and Policy from the University of California (Davis) and a Master of Commercial Sciences from the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), with ... More
Faculty & Staff

Prozzi, Jorge

Pavement materials; pavement design and rehabilitation; pavement monitoring, evaluation and performance analysis; accelerated pavement testing; applied econometrics; Transportation Infrastructure Management. More
Courses

Public Transportation Engineering (CE 392M)

Topics to be discussed are demand estimation, route design, basic vehicle scheduling relationships, driver scheduling, networks, rail transit, propulsion systems, and para-transit concepts. More
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Quantification of the Effect of Maintenance Activities on Texas Road Network

Pavement structures are designed for a finite life, usually referred to as performance period. This performance period is typically between 20 to 25 years for flexible pavements and between 25 and 40 years for rigid pave... More
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Quantifying the Tradeoffs of Energy

Sponsors: Power Across Texas and major industrial partners More
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Radioactive Waste Management (CE 377K; ME 389E)

This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of sources of radiation, ionizing radiation, its interaction with matter and living tissues, radioactive decay kinetics, external and internal radiation d... More
Faculty & Staff

Randall, D'Arcy

Dr. Randall's Engineering-Education research focuses on critical thinking, inquiry-based learning, and engineering ethics. Her literary research focuses on poetry and poetics, Australian Literary History, and creative wr... More
Research & Initiatives

Reducing the Evironmental Impact of Concrete Production

The purpose of this research is to explore methods of reducing the environmental impact of concrete production while maintaining or improving current performance standards. This is being achieved through the synthesis of... More
Faculty & Staff

Reible, Danny

Dr. Reible is the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering at the University of Texas and Coordinator of Environmental and Water Resources in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmenta... More
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Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CE 397)

The objectives of this course are to understand causes and consequences of global climate change, Estimate ecological footprints, Solve environmental sustainability problems using mass and energy balances, Apply input-ou... More
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Renewable Energy and Power Systems (EE 362R; EE 379K)

Introduction to renewable energy sources and their integration into power systems. Includes wind energy: resources, turbines, blades, rotor power characteristics, generators, active and reactive power, variability, and v... More
Research & Initiatives

Renewable Resource Assessment for Texas

Sponsor: State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) More
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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Teachers (RET): Global Change and Its Impacts

ESI's NSF funded REU/RET program on Global Change and Its Impacts provides research experience for Undergraduates and Teachers to learn and do research in the environmental sciences. More
Research & Initiatives

Residential Self-Selection Effects in an Activity Time-use Behavior Model

This study presents a joint model system of residential location and activity time-use choices that considers a comprehensive set of activity-travel environment (ATE) variables, as well as sociodemographic variables, as ... More
Research & Initiatives

Revamping Aggregate Property Requirements for Portland Cement Concrete

Current TxDOT specifications for aggregates in portland cement concrete have been in Item 421 for over 37 years. Two tests have been required to qualify aggregate for concrete are the magnesium sulfate soundness test whi... More
Faculty & Staff

Rhykka Connelley

Dr. Connelly is a research associate at the Center for Electromechanics. She works on algae biofuel research as well as research on sustainable fertilizer, made from algae. More
Faculty & Staff

Rochelle, Gary

Control of air pollution by acid gases, carbon dioxide, and air toxics, CO2 capture, flue gas desulfurization, acid gas treating, CO2 mass transfer with chemical reaction, electrolyte thermodynamics, reaction kinetics in... More
Faculty & Staff

Ruoff, Rodney S.

Our research includes study of the synthesis, characterization, and application of novel carbon materials, algae-biodiesel, and new instrument development and use. One such carbon material is graphene, a two-dimensional ... More
Faculty & Staff

Santoso, Surya

Dr. Surya Santoso's research interests include development of intelligent systems for enhancing the infrastructure of the electric power grid (e.g., autonomous intelligent monitoring and assessment systems, predictive ma... More
Faculty & Staff

Seibert, Frank

Frank Seibert is the Technical Manager of the Separations Research Program at The University of Texas at Austin. The Separations Research Program is a consortium composed of approximately 20 industrial companies that sup... More
Faculty & Staff

Siegel, Jeffrey

Dr. Siegel and his research team have ongoing research on HVAC filtration, portable air cleaners, protecting industrial and residential buildings from extraordinary events, particle resuspension, particle transport and d... More
Research & Initiatives

Sketch Planning Techniques to Assess Regional Air Quality Impacts of Congestion Mitigation Strategies

A quick-response project-planning tool can be extremely valuable in anticipating -- and comparing -- the air quality, emissions, congestion, safety, and other impacts of large-scale network improvements and policy implem... More
Research & Initiatives

Solar Cells

Solar energy is the most abundant, and the amount of energy received from the sun every hour exceeds the annual global energy requirements. The major hurdle to widespread adoption of solar cells is that existing solar en... More
Courses

Solar Conversion Devices (EE 379K)

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Solar Energy Systems Design (ME 374S)

The objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of the fundamentals of solar radiation and of solar thermal and PV components and systems, including performance and economics. Other renewable energy technol... More
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Sources of Indoor Air Pollution (CE 397)

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Spring Water Resource Planning and Management (CE 385D)

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Research & Initiatives

STORE (Sequestration Training, Outreach, Research and Education) Alliance

The overall mission of our Alliance for Sequestration Training, Outreach, Research and Education (STORE) is to promote better understanding of CO2 sequestration science and engineering technology. Our efforts are helping... More
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Sulfate Resistance of Concrete Exposed to External Sulfate Attack

Sulfate attack is a complex form of deterioration that has damaged concrete structures throughout the world. Sulfate attack is particularly complex because the source of sulfates can be external or internal (delayed ettr... More
Faculty & Staff

Sullivan, David

Dr. David W. Sullivan is a Research Associate at The University of Texas at Austin Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, where he has been a staff member since September 2005. Some projects on which he has worke... More
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Surface and Soil Chemistry (CE 397)

An introduction to surface and soil chemistry as applied to environmental processes. Subjects include colloidal properties, liquid surfaces, liquid-liquid interfaces, solid-liquid interfaces, sorption, and soil component... More
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Sustainability Planning (C E 397)

Sustainability increasingly drives the decisions of consumers, producers, institutions, and governments. Thus, appropriate decision paradigms and improved analytical techniques are needed. Drawing on a broad array of dis... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Sustainable Energy Systems Certificate - Mechanical Engineering

Access to energy directly correlates with the quality of life we enjoy. Today, we face the grand challenge of meeting the energy needs of a growing population while minimizing the adverse effects of these technologies on... More
Courses

Sustainable Materials (CE 397)

This is an introductory course focusing on sustainability considerations as they pertain to infrastructure materials most relevant to civil engineers. The course will provide the students with a strong foundation in the ... More
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Sustainable Pavement Engineering (CE 397)

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System Operation and Preservation Optimization

TxDOT maintains 194,000 lane miles of pavement which is the largest State maintained highway system in the U.S. The current statewide pavement condition goal, set by the Texas Transportation Commission in 2002, is to ach... More
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Technoeconomic Modeling of Integrating Wind Into the Grid

Sponsor: Department of Energy More
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Technology and Its Impact on the Environment (CHE 357)

Study of sources and fates of environmental pollutants; environmental quality standards--their measurement and regulation; and pollution control design procedures. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisit... More
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Texas Electrical Vehicle Program

The University of Texas at Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM), the Texas Energy Conservation Office, and the Texas Department of Commerce have jointly organized an electric and hybrid-electric vehicle program in Texas.... More
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Texas Industries of the Future

Texas Industries of the Future (IOF) was established in 2001 with funding from the US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through contracts with the Texas State Energy Conservation Offic... More
Centers & Institutes

Texas Materials Institute

The Texas Materials Institute at the University of Texas at Austin was established in 1998 to ensure that UT-Austin achieves excellence in graduate education and research in the broad field of materials. The role of TMI ... More
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Texas Pavement Preservation Center 2010

A joint collaboration between CTR of the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) of Texas A&M University, the Texas Pavement Preservation Center (TCCP) (TPPC) promotes the use of paveme... More
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The Design and Estimation of a Household Vehicle Evolution and Composition Model for Assessing the Impact of Transportation Policies on Global Climate Change and Air Quality

This study focuses on the design and development of a comprehensive vehicle fleet composition, utilization, and evolution simulator that can be used to forecast household vehicle ownership and mileage by type of vehicle ... More
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The Economics of Climate Engineering

This work addresses possible responses to climate change. More
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The Effects of On-Street Parking on Cyclist Route Choice and the Operational Behavior of Cyclists and Motorists

Because of the serious societal, environmental, economic, and public health problems associated with motorized transportation, there is increased interest in encouraging non-motorized modes of travel. The current study c... More
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The Nexus of Energy and Water in Texas

Sponsors: National Science Foundation, Texas State Energy Conservation Office, Energy Foundation, Texas Water Development Board (TXWDB), private donors More
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Transboundary Water Resources (CE 397)

Availability of an adequate supply of water of acceptable quality has been identified as one of the pressing problems facing many countries in the next decades. Further, most water sources in many parts of the world are ... More
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Transportation Economics (CE 392T)

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Transportation Planning: Methodology and Techniques (CE 391J)

Analysis of a wide range of planning studies to establish the logic and foundation for the transportation planning process. Emphasis on techniques of estimation and forecasting population, economic activity, land use, an... More
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Treatment Processes Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

Current research within the Water and Wastewater Treatment area, within the EWRE program, encompasses the three main categories of treatment processes: separations, biological transformations, and chemical transformation... More
Faculty & Staff

Trevino, Manuel

Dr. Manuel Trevino received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has 15 years of experience in transportation research. His area of study are pavement design and rehabilitation, pavement materials, and hi... More
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Understanding Emerging Commuting Trends in a Weekly Travel Decision Frame: Implications for Megaregion Transportation Planning

Urban travel demand analysis has focused conventionally on one-day activities and trips performed by household members on a given survey day. Many emerging commuting trends however cannot be better understood without goi... More
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Unit Operations in Water and Wastewater Treatment (CE 385M)

Physical, chemical and biological unit operations for water treatment and pollution control problems. One lecture hours and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Enginee... More
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University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team

The University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team is a student organization sponsored by the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. The team consists of a diverse range of students from the Cockre... More
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Urban Transportation Planning (CE 391H ; CRP 384)

This course is focused on the transportation?s interrelationship with the urban environment, methodologies for planning multi-modal transportation systems, and developing feasible alternatives. Emphasis is placed on deve... More
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Urban, Timothy

Dr. Urban's research includes the design, application, and analysis of a variety of satellite and other geodetic techniques. Global sea level research includes radar altimetry (TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason, etc.), tide gauges, ... More
Research & Initiatives

Use of Manufactured Sands for Concrete Paving

The use of manufactured fine aggregate (MFA) is becoming much more prevalent due to the depletion of natural sand sources in parts of the state, particularly the Fort Worth and Dallas Districts. Manufactured sands are pr... More
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Using Real Time Traveler Demand Data To Optimize Commuter Rail Feeder Systems

Commuter rail systems, operating on unused or under-used railroad rights-of-way are being introduced into many urban transportation systems. Since locations of available rail rights-of-way were typically chosen long ago ... More
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Using the CMAP Travel Tracker to Capture the Activity Patterns of a Youthful Disadvantaged Population

Transportation directly affects the quality of life. With few exceptions, most people do not travel for the sake of traveling; they travel with a purpose in mind. That purpose is to meet specific needs and wants, which e... More
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UTest House

The UTest house is a 1300 ft2 manufactured home located at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus at the University of Texas at Austin. The house is a three bedroom/two bathroom home built with conventional materials and has tw... More
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Vehicle Ownership, Retirement and Use Decisions: Response to Rising Fuel Prices and Implications for Carbon Emissions Forecasts

Automobile ownership plays an important role in determining vehicle use, emissions, fuel consumption, congestion and traffic safety. This work provides new data on ownership decisions and owner preferences under various ... More
Faculty & Staff

Waller, Travis

Modeling and large-scale optimization of transportation systems including network design, stochastic shortest path algorithms, and dynamic traffic assignment. Planning under uncertainty, transportation applications of in... More
Faculty & Staff

Walton, Michael

Dr. Walton researches intelligent transportation systems and intermodal freight logistics in addition to transportation systems engineering, planning, operations and policy analysis. Dr. Walton is a member of the Nationa... More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering (CE 342)

Prerequisite: C E 341 and credit or registration for C E 319F, or consent of instructor. More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment: Advanced Treatment Processes (CE 385L.3)

Principles of treatment of domestic and industrial water, wastewater and sludges. More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment: Biological Wastewater Treatment and Sludge Processing (CE 385L.2 )

Application of Biological Chemical and Physical Principles to the Analysis and Design of Biological Processes for the Treatment of Municipal and Industrial Wastewater and Sludge. More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment: Physical and Chemical Treatment (CE 385L.1)

Principles of treatment of domestic and industrial water, wastewater and sludges. Three lecture hours or two and one-halflecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester. More
Research & Initiatives

Water Management Tools for the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo Basin

Since 2001, researchers from the Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) at The University of Texas at Austin have been engaged in a program of developing water management tools for use in the Rio Grande - Rio ... More
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Water Pollution Chemistry (CE 390N )

Advanced topics in the application of engineering solutions to chemical problems in freshwater and marine environments. More
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Water Quality Management Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

Current research within the Water Quality Management major area of emphasis, within the EWRE program, focuses on the processes and engineering systems that control the quality, transport, and fate of surface and subsurfa... More
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Water Quality Modeling (CE 385K.3)

Analysis of water quality in natural systems and of effects of wastewater discharges. Mathematical modeling of water quality, including dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and toxic substances in lakes, reservoirs, and estuarie... More
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Water Quality Performance of Permeable Friction Course on Curbed Sections

The permeable friction course (PFC) has been demonstrated in TxDOT Project 0-5220 to provide a substantial improvement in the quality of highway runoff. This reduction in pollutant concentrations is sufficient to meet th... More
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Water Quality: Stream, Impoundment, and Estuarine Analysis I (CE 385K.1)

Analysis of water quality in natural systems and of effects of wastewater discharges. Basic physical, chemical, and biological properties of streams, impoundments, estuaries, and coastal waters; methods for analysis of ... More
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Water Quality: Stream, Impoundment, and Estuarine Analysis II (CE 385K.2)

Analysis of water quality in natural systems and of effects of wastewater discharges. Application of methods of analysis to development of a water quality management plan for a water body in Texas. Additional prerequisi... More
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Water Resource Allocation Tools - Aral Sea Basin of Central Asia

Since 1994, researchers from the Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) at The University of Texas at Austin have been engaged in a program of developing water resource allocation tools (optimization-based ) for ... More
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Water Resources Development and Policies (CE 397)

Analysis of water resources projects, particularly international water projects, with emphasis on engineering planning considerations and their relation to governmental policies. More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Water Resources Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

Current research within the Water Resources major area of emphasis, within the EWRE program, encompasses surface and ground water hydrology and water resources planning and management. Applications include hydrologic mod... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Water Resources Engineering Technical Area Option -- Civil Engineering (BS)

Water Resources Engineering is a Technical Area option within the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science degree. Water resource engineers deal with the engineering aspects of hydrology an... More
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Water Resources Planning and Mangement (CE 385D )

Application of engineering economics, microeconomic theory, and operations research to the planning and management of water systems; major topics include flood control, hydroelectric power, water supply, multiobjective p... More
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Water Supply and Waste Disposal in Developing Countries (CE 397)

Unique considerations in engineering of water supply and waste disposal in undeveloped, rural areas. Public health issues and their impact on engineering. More
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Water Treatment And Wastewater Treatment Plant Design (CE 386M )

Design of water and wastewater treatment facilities; pumps and hydraulic considerations; design of wasterwater collection systems; design of systems for handling and disposal of residuals. Specific facilities may be sele... More
Faculty & Staff

Webber, Michael

Michael Webber's research interests include energy systems analysis, renewable and alternative energy, energy policy, the nexus of energy, food and water, algae biofuels, and energy in Texas. Michael is one of the origin... More
Research & Initiatives

Well-to-Wheel Analysis of Innovative Biofuels

Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency More
Faculty & Staff

Wheeler, Mary

Dr. Wheeler has been on the faculty since 1995. She is the Director of the Center for Subsurface Modeling. She has published over 200 technical reports and refereed journal publications, made over 400 oral presentations ... More
Research & Initiatives

Wind Energy and Electricity Markets

Many jurisdictions are greatly increasing the amount of wind production, with the expectation that increasing renewables will reduce greenhouse emissions.  This paper discusses the interaction of increasing wind, transm... More
Faculty & Staff

Xie, Chi

Dr. Chi Xie's research interest is focused on transportation and logistics systems analysis, including transportation network routing, scheduling and planning, transportation emergency and risk management, transportation... More
Faculty & Staff

Xu, Ying

Emissions of SVOCs from polymeric materials and their interaction with airborne particles and interior surfaces More
Faculty & Staff

Yetkin, Yildirim

Dr. Yildirim is the director of the Texas Pavement Preservation Center. He received his Masters (1998), and Ph.D. (2000) in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his studies at UT, Dr. Yild... More
Faculty & Staff

Yu, Edward

Professor Yu directs a research laboratory concerned generally with the characterization, understanding, and application of physical phenomena and of solid-state material and device properties at nanometer to atomic leng... More