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Civil and Materials Engineering Technology Services

The UIC Department of Civil and Materials Engineering has been engaged with industry and governmental agencies to provide technical services in the areas of structural engineering, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, transportation engineering, environmental and water resources engineering, and materials engineering. The department consists of several faculty members with extensive technical expertise and houses modern laboratory facilities that provide unique opportunities to collaboratively work on a wide range of engineering projects to provide practical solutions in an efficient and cost effective manner.

The Department of Civil and Materials Engineering has the capability and resources to provide industry support in the following civil and materials engineering fields.

Geotechnical and GeoEnvironmental Engineering

Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering services are provided to industry in the form of expert reviews, laboratory and field testing, and engineering analysis and design. Our laboratory facility is used to determine physical and engineering properties of soils, characterize contaminated media and waste/recycled materials, and perform bench-scale treatment/remediation evaluation. Engineering analyses and designs are provided on building foundations, retaining systems, levees and dams, and tunnels (e.g., bearing capacity, settlement, pile driving and capacity, earth pressures, slope stability) as well as on groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling, risk assessment, landfills, impoundments, and contaminated site remediation.

Faculty experts:

Krishna R. Reddy, PhD, PE, Professor
Karl Rockne, PhD, PE, Associate Professor


Labs & Special Equipment

The Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory has capabilities for both field and laboratory investigations to determine strength and hydraulic properties of geomaterilas. Special equipment used for advanced geotechnical and geoenvironmental studies include triaxial shear system, aquifer simulation box, soil columns, gas chromatography, and atomic absorption spectrophotometer.


Structural Engineering

Our focus on structural engineering and structural mechanics includes static and dynamic analysis of linear and nonlinear structures. This includes modal analysis, the behavior of structural materials, the design of structural systems in concrete and steel, and stress measurement of large cable systems for cable-stayed bridges and large post tensioning PC bridges. We also offer expertise in the failure process of concrete structures; bridge rehabilitation and rating; linear and nonlinear finite element analysis; structural dynamics and seismic response of structures; concrete fracture, damage, and creep; offshore and coastal engineering; microstructures of materials; and other related areas. We offer expertise and laboratory facilities in nondestructive testing, structural health monitoring, concrete materials and structures, sensor systems and numerical modeling.

Faculty experts:

Farhad Ansari, PhD, Professor and Department Head
Mohsen Issa, PhD, Professor
Chien Wu, PhD, Professor


Transportation Engineering

Chicago is a living laboratory for transportation engineering. Our experts specialize in methods for the planning, design and operation of surface transportation systems. We also thrive in solutions to problems in surface transportation facilities (infrastructure) through the application of optimization and simulation methods, as well as knowledge-based systems. In recent years, the faculty has also engaged in the design and evaluation of intelligent transportation systems.

Faculty experts:

Jane Lin, PhD, Assistant Professor
Kouros Mohammadian, PhD, Assistant Professor


Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

The department offers expertise in environmental and water resources engineering covering areas such as:
fluid mechanics; atmospheric subsurface and surface hydrology; hydrologic analysis and design; hydraulics engineering; fate and transport of contaminants in the environment; groundwater contamination and transport; molecular biological tools for environmental analysis; applied environmental biotechnology; high resolution organic and inorganic chemical analysis; geoscience aspects of waste disposal; management of stored and spilled hazardous waste; extraction and leaching of organic and inorganic chemicals from environmental particulate media; and other environmental and water resources problems.

Faculty experts:

Amid Khodadoust, PhD, Associate Professor
Karl Rockne, PhD, PE, Associate Professor



Materials Engineering

In the materials engineering area, we have developed new techniques to address the design, manufacture and characterization of engineering materials for specific applications. Materials development is an enabling step to the production of advanced engineering devices, and materials selection is a key element in design, manufacturing, and quality control.



Faculty experts:

Ernesto Indacochea, PhD, Professor
Alexander Chudnovsky, PhD, Distinguished Professor
Michael McNallan, PhD, Professor

Labs and Special Equipment

  • Failure Analysis
  • Corrosion Testing and Evaluation
  • Welding, Brazing and Soldering of Materials
  • Heat Treating Process Design
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Creep Rupture testing
  • Materials Selection and Evaluation
  • Optical and Electron Microscopy Examination
  • Microanalysis of Materials



Kenneth Brezinsky
UIC Engineering Corporate Relations 
Office 851 S. Morgan St. Rm 812
Chicago, IL 60607-7043 
Telephone: 312-996-5843