Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University, founded in 1930, is a state-supported institution in Norfolk, Virginia and has a combined undergraduate and graduate student population of 19,000. The 200-acres of Old Dominion's campus is located in Norfolk, Virginia, the hub of the world's largest natural harbor. The university is within the coastal region of Virginia at the confluence of the James and Elizabeth Rivers with the Chesapeake Bay, and it is only 20 miles from the pounding surf of Virginia Beach. The population of the metropolitan region is approximately 1.3 million, and includes the state's most populated city, Virginia Beach. The university operates on the semester system with a spring and fall semester and a variety of semester options in the summer.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is one of eight departments in the College of Engineering and Technology and is located in Kaufman Hall. At the undergraduate level, the Department offers an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Civil Engineering and enrolls 250 students as well as a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Environmental Engineering.
At the graduate level the Department offers Master of Engineering (M.E.), Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Civil Engineering and in Environmental Engineering, and it enrolls 90 students. The graduate programs are structured to accommodate both the full-time and part-time students. The available specialty areas are coastal, geotechnical, structural, and water resources, transportation engineering in Civil engineering and a variety of sub-fields in Environmental engineering.
There are 10 full-time faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. All hold doctoral degrees. Many are widely recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarly activities.
Current faculty research projects and interests span a wide range of technical areas.
The coastal engineering research covers documented evidence of the impact of seawalls on adjacent beaches, economic alternatives to increase the fill life of renourished beaches, current effects on wave transformation in shallow water, and computeraided design of coastal structures.
Environmental and water resources research includes particle removal and ozone in water treatment, coagulation and organics removal, environmental monitoring, transport and fate of contaminants in lakes and reservoirs, chemical equilibrium modeling, water quality modeling, dewatering of water treatment residuals, GIS-based spartial and temporal surface and groundwater modeling, air pollution control, hazardous waste management, urban storm-drainage systems and computational hydraulics.
In geotechnical and earthquake studies, faculty are researching below-and above-ground lifeline systems which are subjected to various seismic environments, soil-structure interaction, soil dynamics, granular mechanics, and soil liquefaction during earthquakes.
On the structural engineering side, faculty interests include, polymer-fiber composite materials, fiber reinforced concrete, base isolation and energy absorptions for bridges, stability and behavior of steel structures, passive damping of space structures, parallel computing techniques in nonlinear structural mechanics, fatigue fracture, finite element analysis, and structural optimization.
- Transportation research is focused on addressing critical issues in the surface transportation system. Our research is multi-disciplinary and is intended to provide various types of support to clients. We cover the following areas: Transportation operations, including intelligent transportation systems, transportation safety, transportation planning, freight, environment, energy and sustainable transport.