Research Focus Areas
Our research touches on topics such as sustainability, natural resource preservation, design, construction, architecture, and energy:
- Pavement Engineering and Highway Materials
- Analysis/Design of Structural Systems and Smart Structures
- Construction and Design-Construction Integration
- Physical and Chemical Treatment Processes
- Energy and Sustainability
- Water Resources
- Construction and Sustainable Building Design
Visit our faculty members’ bio pages to learn more about their individual current and ongoing research interests.
The groundbreaking research we pursue in the Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) department happens in our state-of-the-art labs. Here, you’ll see undergraduate and graduate students and faculty collaborating to find solutions to civil engineering problems that affect us all, such as eradicating pollution from our water and soil and ensuring safe, sustainable structures, using up-to-the-minute equipment and methods.
Structural Mechanics Impact Laboratory
This teaching and research laboratory is an impact laboratory used to explore the behavior of materials and components in collisions.
The Materials/Structural Laboratory is set up for materials and structures testing and used for undergraduate teaching and projects as well as graduate research. The laboratory also has several large-load mechanical testing machines.
Pavement Research Laboratory
The Pavement Research Laboratory contains advanced testing equipment, most notable of which are the material testing system, the model mobile load simulator, and an array of nondestructive testing equipment consisting of the portable seismic property analyzer, falling weight deflectometer, and ground penetrating radar. A major focus of the Pavement Engineering program is the integration of undergraduate and graduate curricula with research projects funded by the Maine Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, New England Transportation Consortium, and the National Science Foundation.
Fuller Environmental Laboratory
Located in Kaven Hall, the Fuller Laboratory is designed for state-of-the-art environmental analyses, including water and wastewater testing and treatability studies.
Geo/Water Resources Laboratory
Also located in Kaven Hall, the Geo/Water Resources Laboratory provides space and equipment for soil and water quality analyses, as well as a secure place for field and laboratory equipment used in research and project work.