Subsurface engineering

Here we implement a wide-variety of geophysical, remote-sensing, and geochemical tools and techniques to investigate the shallow and deep sub-surface. Applications range from understanding groundwater resources and natural hazards to sub-surface water control in petroleum operations.

Meet the experts

Baojun Bai

Professor
Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Water management; conformance control; enhanced oil recovery (EOR); CO2 EOR and storage; geological carbon storage; fluid flow in porous media;  unconventional oil and gas development

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

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

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

Kelly Liu

Professor, Geology and Geophysics
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

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

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

Guney Olgun

Assistant Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Energy geotechnology and sustainability; geotechnical earthquake engineering; energy geotechnology; disaster resilience; resilience of Earthen water infrastructure

Jianmin Wang

Professor
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Anaerobic waste to energy conversion; transforming wastewater to fresh water; water reuse; metal fate in solid-water interface; energy efficient water treatment; decentralized treatment; eutrophication; sustainable technologies for advanced wastewater treatment; synergistic toxic effect of nanoparticles and heavy metals; fate and transport of heavy metals in natural and engineered system