Geographic Information Systems

Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing are at the forefront of managing Earth and planetary resources. They have proven invaluable for mitigating geologic hazards such as landslides and earthquakes.

Meet the Experts

Joel Burken

Chair
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Phytoforensics subsurface contaminant transport; smart living; green infrastructure; phytoremediation and natural treatment systems; biological wastewater treatment; constructed wetlands; green remediation; remote sensing or environmental pollutants; site restoration

Katherine Grote

Assistant Chair and Associate Professor
Geological Engineering

Research Interests

Geophyical solutions for water sustainability, increasing water supply using remote sensing data, improving water quality through geospatial analysis, groundwater and near surface geophysics, specifically in applying these techniques to promote sustainable agriculture and environmental protection

Suzie Long

Department Chair and Professor
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

Research Interests

Critical infrastructure systems, strategic management, sustainable infrastructures, management, supply chain and transportation, systems management, organizational behavior, sociotechnical systems analysis

Xiong Zhang

Associate Professor,
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Climate-soil-structure interaction, soil mechanics, transportation geotechnics,advanced testing techniques for Geo-material characterization, constitutive and numerical modeling of multiphase materials, transportation geotechnics, remote sensing techniques in geotechnical engineering

Stephen Gao

Professor, Geology and Geophysics
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Geophysical exploration of the Earth’s interior, earthquake seismology, crustal and mantle deformation

Dr. Jeremy Maurer

Assistant Professor, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

Geodesy, earthquake and fault mechanics, induced seismicity, inverse problems and modeling, uncertainty quantification, crustal deformation, and geophysical methods.

For more information regarding Dr. Maurer's research, please visit his website, or select here for publications.

Genda Chen

Robert W. Abbett Distinguished Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Structural health monitoring; interface mechanics and deterioration of composite structures; adaptive passive dampers and systems; multi-hazards assessment and mitigation; forensic study, seismic analysis and retrofit; soil-structure interaction; bridge engineering

Steven Corns

Associate Chair of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

Research Interests

Computational intelligence, complex systems, bioinformatics

Kelly Liu

Professor, Geology and Geophysics
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Geophysical subsurface imaging, seismic interpretation, subsurface imaging utilizing wave conversions

Ryan Smith

Assistant Professor
Geological Engineering

Research Interests

Remote sensing and near-surface geophysics applications in hydrology; land subsidence, interferometric synthetic aperture radar, time-domain electromagnetics, machine learning