Research at Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
at UCF



Fostering Smart Urban Transformation and Ubiquitous Resilience with
Connected Infrastructure and

Cities are responsible for 50% of the world’s population and 75% of the global energy consumption. In the FUTURE CITy initiative, we synergistically explore the wide-ranging technological advances towards better serving urban residents with a focus on improving their quality of life and economic vitality of these areas. Founded by an interdisciplinary group of researchers, this initiative will provide urban policy makers a blue print to optimally allocate limited resources while meeting sustainability and resilience goals and promoting social justice, equity, and fairness.

Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty
Dr. Necati Catbas
Dr. Naveen Eluru
Dr. Hae-Bum Yun
Dr. Samiul Hasan



One of the main assets of a nation is its civil infrastructure systems. The term “infrastructure” here is inclusive of various infrastructure assets such as bridges, buildings, highway structures, pavements, roads, stadiums convention centers, airports, ports, dams, tunnel levees, and other lifelines. An inter-disciplinary group of researchers are needed to generate knowledge and products through the development and application of smart monitoring, sensing, material, information technologies as well as management and policy concepts for safe and resilient civil infrastructure systems.

Civil Infrastructure Technologies for Resilience and Safety (CITRS)

Director: Dr. F. Necati Catbas, P.E.
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Phone: (407) 823-3743


Structural Engineering:

Structural health monitoring, Smart technologies for civil infrastructure systems, Life cycle assessment and decision making, Non-parametric modeling of civil infrastructure systems, Reliability-based simulation, Performance-based assessment of bridges and buildings to extreme events – earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.

Structures Lab

Dr. Necati Catbas
Dr. Kevin R. Mackie
Dr. Hae-Bum Yun
Dr. Nicos Makris
Dr. Georgios Apostolakis

University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32816
Engineering Building II, Rm 116


Characterization of geotechnical and pavement materials, Subsurface characterization by geophysical methods, Environmental geotechnics, Pavement monitoring, evaluation, and analysis, Microstructure mechanics of civil materials

Dr. Manoj Chopra
Dr. BooHyun Nam
Dr. Ricardo Zaurin

Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory

Pavement Material Laboratory


Transportation Engineering:

Pricing congestion on roads in metropolitan areas, Transportation safety, Technology deployment for origin-destination studies, Transportation Systems Simulation.

Related Centers and Institutes:

Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation

Executive Director: Dr. Essam Radwan, P.E., F. ASCE
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32816
Phone: 407-823-4738
Fax: 407-823-4676


Water Resources Engineering:

Coastal hydroscience analysis, modeling, and predictive simulations, Hurricane storm surge modeling, Application of high-resolution satellite imagery to improve coastal and estuarine models, Soil erosion simulation, Non-point source pollution, Sediment transport and watershed management, Green engineering, Impact assessments of Global Climate Change.

Related Centers and Institutes:

Director: Dr. Dingbao Wang
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32816
Phone: (407) 823-1449
Fax: (407) 823 - 3315



Stormwater Management Academy
Director: Dr. Ni-Bin Chang, P.E., BCEE, D. WRE, LEED, F. ASCE,
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32816
Phone: (407) 823-1375



Environmental Engineering:

Water treatment processes and post-treatment stabilization of desalted permeate water, Air pollution – emissions inventories and reductions, dispersion modeling, Bioreactor landfills, waste to energy, cover systems for control of landfill odors, Wastewater treatment and bacterial concentrations in drinking water distribution systems.

Related Centers and Institutes:

Systems Engineering Institute

Director: Dr. Steven J. Duranceau
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32816
Phone: (407) 823 - 1440