Leonard D. Albano

Leonard D. Albano

Associate Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Office: Kaven Hall 201

Phone: 508-831-5492

I enjoy teaching civil engineering fundamentals in 1000 and 2000-level courses, and then revisiting those fundamentals in upper level and graduate courses as a base for presenting advanced topics and fostering deeper learning. This emphasis on fundamentals can be challenging to undergraduates because they may not appreciate the relevance. Consequently, I integrate design projects into my undergraduate coursework to provide a context for learning and to emphasize my expectations for learning and actively applying the course material. ... View Profile
Nicholas A. Dembsey

Nicholas A. Dembsey

Professor

Fire Protection Engineering

Office: Gateway Park II 1212

Phone: 508-831-5971

In today's cost-conscious world, ensuring greater life safety and property protection has never been more challenging. To this end, my research focuses on the building performance applications of fire dynamics, fire characteristics of materials, and fire models. I am working with students in the following areas: fire safety of green buildings; develop of new techniques and guidance documents for practicing engineers to measure fire properties of materials; and in the optimization of building assemblies for fire performance, ease of manufacturing and cost effectiveness. View Profile
Kenneth M. Elovitz

Kenneth M. Elovitz

Adjunct Teaching Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Office: Kaven Hall

My courses are application courses presented by a practitioner to train future practitioners.  My teaching style challenges students not only to understand the HVAC design concepts presented but to understand how HVAC design relates to and applies fundamentals learned in other courses.  When calculating heating and cooling loads, students use their knowledge of building materials and how buildings are put together to understand heat transfer through the building skin.  When sizing fans and pumps, students see how principles such as Bernoulli's equation and the conversion of velocity to pressu ... View Profile
Soroush Farzin-Moghadam

Soroush Farzin-Moghadam

Assistant Teaching Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Office: Kaven Hall 117A

Kathy Ann Notarianni

Kathy Ann Notarianni

Associate Professor

Fire Protection Engineering

Office: Gateway Park II 1205

Phone: 508-831-6786

Today, firefighters serve increasingly as first responders for emergency medical calls, civil emergencies, terrorist threats, and hazardous materials incidents, in addition to fire emergencies. The fire service needs tools and technologies that aid in carrying out their ever expanding mission without increasing costs. My research is focused on working with the fire service to achieve this important goal. I am conducting research on fire department mobilization times and exposure of fire fighters to toxic gases. ... View Profile

Roberto Pietroforte

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Phone: 508-831-5295

Milosh T. Puchovsky

Milosh T. Puchovsky

Professor of Practice

Associate Department Head & Principal Industry Liaison
Co-Director, Center for Global Public Safety

Fire Protection Engineering

Office: Gateway Park II 1209

Phone: 508-831-5113

Fire protection engineers recognize and assess a broad range of fire and life safety risks and, possess the technical knowledge and skills needed to develop effective solutions. Through my academic endeavors and professional practice, I bring practical perspectives to our students' educational experience. My teaching incorporates situations that practicing fire protection engineers face on a daily basis, facilitating our students' functional understanding of a fire's physical behavior, its impact, and the role of reacting systems, regulations and product standards. ... View Profile
Steven Van Dessel

Steven Van Dessel

Associate Professor

Director of the Architectural Engineering Program

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Office: Kaven Hall 206

Phone: 508-831-4895

My research and teaching activities are in the area of sustainable building design and building technology, with a special focus on the study of adaptive building envelop systems. One of the goals of our research is to develop smart materials that can alter their thermal properties in response to changing outdoor conditions, in order to conserve energy and optimize building thermal comfort. This research entails the use of energy modeling tools, experimental investigations, and the development of practical applications. ... View Profile