Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bingham Building (7201)
Phone: 216.368.2950; Fax: 216.368.5229
Xiong (Bill) Yu (Chair)

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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers programs of study in environmental, geotechnical, and structural engineering, construction engineering and management, engineering mechanics, and pre-architecture.

Civil engineers plan, design, and construct facilities for meeting the needs of modern society.  Civil engineers also help reduce the environmental impact of these designs to help make modern society more sustainable. Examples of such facilities are transportation systems, schools and office buildings, bridges, dams, land reclamation projects, water treatment and distribution systems, commercial buildings, and industrial plants. Civil engineers can choose from a broad spectrum of opportunities in industry and consulting practice; as well as in research and development in firms in which civil engineers are often owners or partners. Employment can be found among a wide variety of industrial, governmental, construction, and private consulting organizations. There is a large demand for civil engineers nationally. The program at Case Western Reserve University is built around small classes, good faculty-student relationships and advising, and a program flexible enough to meet students’ personal career goals.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Case School of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program with a major in Civil Engineering with courses in almost all the traditional Civil Engineering subjects. The graduate program offers the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in areas of structural, geotechnical, environmental engineering, and engineering mechanics. A cooperative education program involving participating engineering firms is also available for both undergraduate and graduate students.

The Department's active research programs provide opportunities for students to participate in projects related to design, analysis, and testing. Projects are in areas such as  air quality, blast engineering, bridges, climatic adaptation, computational mechanics, contaminated sediments, dynamics and wind engineering, earthquake engineering, foundation engineering, fracture mechanics, infrastructure materials, infrastructure systems optimization,  pavement engineering, probabilistic design, response of concrete and steel structures, risk assessment, static and dynamic behavior of soils, structural health monitoring, subsurface and ex-situ remediation,  urban hydraulics, water and wastewater treatment, and water reuse.


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has developed its own mission statement and educational objectives that are consistent with those of the Case School of Engineering. This process involved the entire department faculty along with the department's Advisory Committee and alumni. Assessing the Department's mission and educational objectives is an ongoing process.

Our mission is to prepare students for leadership roles in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Department provides facilities and research expertise to advance the state of the Civil and Environmental Engineering profession within the mission of the Case School of Engineering. Students address problems, building on solid technical foundations while taking advantage of advanced technologies. Our graduates adhere to high technical and ethical standards, in service to the public. Graduates are prepared for the pursuit of advanced learning in civil and environmental engineering and related fields, as well as for the practice of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the highest professional levels.


Research underway in Civil and Environmental Engineering includes work in analytical, design and experimental areas and is sponsored by industry, state, and federal government sources. Major areas of research interest are:

  • Structural Engineering
    • Behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete
    • Behavior and design of steel structures
    • Fiber-reinforced concrete
    • Fiber-reinforced composites
    • Wind engineering
    • Earthquake analysis and design of structures
    • Passive vibration control of structures
    • Finite element methods
    • Nondestructive Testing of Structures
    • Structural health monitoring
    • Blast loading of structures 
    • Multiscale simulation of nonlinear dynamic structural behavior
    • Modeling of structural materials and structural systems
    • Extreme dynamic load resistant design
    • Multi-hazard and structural risk assessment
    • High and low-cycle fatigue
    • Fracture mechanics and size effect
  • Geotechnical and Infrastructure
    • Geotechnical/Pavement Materials
    • Non-destructive testing evaluation of soils and pavement materials
    • Static behavior of anisotropic clays and sands
    • Soil liquefaction
    • Centrifuge modeling of static and dynamic soil behavior
    • Dynamic soil-structure interaction
    • Measurement of dynamic soil properties
    • Design of Structures for High-Speed Vehicles
    • Stability of tailings dams
    • Environmentally conscious manufacturing
    • Geoenvironmental engineering
    • Infrastructure engineering
    • Sensor technology
    • Smart materials
    • Intelligent infrastructure and transportation system
    • Transportation safety
    • Driver safety
    • Energy structures and geotechnology
    • Building materials
    • Climatic adaptation
  • Environmental Engineering
    • AI/Machine Learning in Environmental Engineering
    • Environmental chemistry
    • Air Quality
    • Water and wastewater treatment
    • Environmental data science
    • Environmental remediation
    • Microbiomes
    • Bioinformatics
    • Fate and transport of environmental contaminants
    • Environmental modeling and software development
    • Sediment remediation
    • Bioremediation
    • Biofuel development
    • Urban hydraulics
    • Soil contamination standards
    • Brownfields/structural remediation
    • Environmental materials
    • Environmental hazard and risk engineering


Elias Ali, Ph.D.
(Drexel University)
Assistant Professor
Structural Engineering

Christian Carloni, PhD
(University of Bologna)
Associate Professor
Composite materials for strengthening of reinforced concrete and masonry structures; fracture mechanics, damage mechanics, and fatigue of quasibrittle materials; small and large scale experimental testing of concrete, masonry, geopolymers and other quasibrittle materials and structural systems; mechanics of materials.

Bridget Hegarty, PhD
(Yale University)
Assistant Professor
Environmental Engineering; understanding and engineering microbiomes, air quality, water treatment

Yue Li, PhD
(Georgia Institute of Technology)
Probabilistic analysis, structural and systems reliability, multi-hazard assessment and mitigation, risk-informed decision making, resilient and sustainability civil infrastructure systems, earthquake engineering, wind engineering, impact of climate change and adaptation strategies.

Hyoung Suk Suh, PhD
(Columbia University)
Assisant Professor
Energy and environmental geotechnics; poromechanics; computational mechanics; fracture mechanics; constitutive modeling; transport in porous and granular media; data-driven methods

Katie P. Wheaton, MS, SE, PE
(Lehigh University)
Senior Instructor
Structural engineering; steel, concrete, and wood structures; geomatics; CAD modeling.

Xiong (Bill) Yu, PhD, PE
(Purdue University)
Geotechnical engineering; infrastructure; construction material testing; information technology; intelligent infrastructure; energy geotechnology; sustainable design; sensors: structural health monitoring

Huichun (Judy) Zhang, PhD
(Georgia Institute of Technology)
Environmental engineering, environmental chemistry, AI and machine learning in environmental engineering, fate and transformation of emerging contaminants, redox transformation at mineral-water interface, absorption, advanced inorganic and polymer materials for contaminant removal, water and wastewater treatment, and groundwater and soil remediation

Adjunct Faculty

Esmaeel Asadi, PhD
Adjunct Lecturer
Structural Engineering

Vincent Beach, PE
Adjunct Lecturer
Construction Management and Estimation

Jamal Nusairat, PhD, PE
Adjunct Lecturer
Geotechnical Engineering

Gina Beim, PE
Adjunct Lecturer
Civil Engineering Infrastructure

Katherine Holmok, PLA
Adjunct Lecturer
Environmental Engineering

Ruth Klee, PE
Adjunct Lecturer
Civil Engineering Senior Project

Pauline Onema, PhD
Adjunct Lecturer
Environmental Engineering, Hydraulics and Hydrology

Phil Nagle
Adjunct Lecturer
Building Information Modeling, Remote Sensing, Construction Management

Martin Schmidt, PhD
Adjunct Lecturer
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management

John Picuri, PE
Adjunct Lecturer
Civil Engineering Senior Project

Michael Pollino, PhD, SE, PE
Adjunct Lecturer
Structural Engineering

Tyler Stillings, PE
Adjunct Lecturer
Structural Engineering, Forensic Engineering

Robert Yin, PE
Adjunct Lecturer
Structural Engineering, Bridge Engineering

Dan Ghiocel, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Structural Engineering

Xiangwu (David) Zeng, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Geotechnical Engineering

Emeritus Faculty

J. Ludwig Figueroa, PhD
(University of Illinois)
Professor Emeritus

Dario A. Gasparini, PhD
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Professor Emeritus

Arthur A. Huckelbridge, DEng, PE
(University of California Berkeley)
Professor Emeritus

Aaron Jennings, PhD, PE
(University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Professor Emeritus

Adel S. Saada, PhD, PE
(Princeton University)
Professor Emeritus

Secondary Appointment

Kurt R. Rhoads, PhD, PE
(Environmental Engineering; fate of organic pollutants, bio-remediation, algal biofuel development)
Associate Professor

Chris Yinchun Yuan, Ph.D.
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Sustainable Manufacturing