Advanced, Sustainable Infrastructure and Materials

Infrastructure is the foundation that connections the nation’s businesses, communities and people, drives our economy and improves our quality of life. By developing and testing new construction materials and methods, we’re ready to lead the way in the development of innovative materials and approaches to address significant public infrastructure challenges.

Meet the experts

Kamal Khayat

Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Design and performance of advanced construction and repair materials, including high-performance concrete, self-consolidating concrete, underwater concrete, and specialty grouts; rheology and workability of cement-based materials; optimization of chemical admixtures and supplementary cementitous materials and fillers for concrete; microstructure of cement-based materials; valorization of industrial by-products and recycled aggregate in concrete; fiber reinforcement; repair and rehabilitation of civil engineering infrastructure; development of novel test methods to evaluate rheology and workability of cement-based materials; instrumentation and structural health monitoring of structures

Dinçer Konur

Assistant Professor
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

Research Interests

Operations research and game theory, supply chain / operations management, logistics and transportation, system of systems architecting

Aditya Kumar

Assistant Professor of Ceramic Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

Composition-structure-property relationships in silicate materials; experimental characterization and numerical simulation of reaction processes (thermodynamics and kinetics) and evolution of microstructure; development of sustainable binders for construction infrastructure; simulation of fluid/ion transport in porous media

Hongyan Ma

Assistant Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Hydration kinetics of (blended) cementitious materials, microstructural characterization and modeling of cement paste, interfacial transition zone and mortar/concrete, measuring and multi-scale modeling of transport properties of concrete, mechanisms and properties of novel construction/rehabilitation materials, magnesia-phosphate cement (MPC) and MPC-based functional materials, deterioration mechanisms of sea sand concrete and marine concrete structures, molecular simulation of C-S-H, acoustics-based NDT

John Myers

Associate Dean and Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Structures/high performance concrete (HPC) behavior and durability performance, fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) in structural repair and strengthening applications with an emphasis related to concrete and masonry structures, and their durability performance, development of environmentally sensitive construction materials, hybrid materials and enhanced systems for blast resistant structures

Zeyi Sun

Assistant Professor
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

Research Interests

Energy efficiency management of manufacturing systems, Electricity demand response of manufacturing systems, System modeling of cellulosic biofuel manufacturing, Energy modeling and control in additive manufacturing, Intelligent maintenance of manufacturing systems