Faculty


 

Khayat, Kamal
Director

Khayat, Kamal - Director
Professor
Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
224 Engineering Research Lab
573.341.6223
khayatk@mst.edu

Dr. Kamal Khayat is the Director of the RE-CAST University Transportation Center and the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies. He joined Missouri S&T in August of 2011 as the Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies and the Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety. He specializes in the development of high-performance cement-based materials for structural applications and rehabilitation, particularly focusing on self-consolidating concrete (SCC) and high-performance concrete (HPC) behavior. His pioneering work in the area of SCC, starting in 1991, has contributed to its acceptance world-wide.

Dr. Khayat received his Ph.D. in civil engineering with an emphasis in materials from the University of California at Berkeley.  Prior to his appointment at Missouri S&T, he served as Director of the Center of Excellence on Concrete Infrastructure Engineering and Head of the Integrated Research Laboratory on Materials Valorization and Innovative and Durable Structures at the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada.  He was named the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Chair on High-Performance Flowable Concrete with Adapted Rheology in 2008, a consortium re-grouping 17 industrial partners from Canada and the US to develop a new generation of construction materials.


Research Investigators


Bate, Bate

Bate, Bate
Assistant Professor
Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
132 Butler Carlton Hall
573.341.4465
bateba@mst.edu

Dr. Bate Bate joined Missouri S&T as an Assistant Professor in the geotechnical engineering area in June 2011. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, writing a dissertation on the mechanical and physicochemical behaviors of fine-grained soils modified with a controlled organic phase. Dr. Bate studied the geotechnical properties of organically modified soils experimentally, and then interpreted the results in the context of particulate interactions at nanometer level by exploring the electrokinetic potential and electrical permittivity of the soils. His research is of interest not only to the geotechnical engineering community, but also to the broad colloidal science community. Dr. Bate's research interests include contaminant containment and site remediation, in situ soil improvement, beneficial reuse of industrial waste materials, modeling of fundamental soil behavior using discrete element method, and unsaturated soil mechanics. He is also interested in interdisciplinary research that span the areas of biological remediation, petroleum engineering, energy efficiency in geoenvironmental engineering, and electromagnetic signal analysis.



Birman, Victor

Birman, Victor
Professor                                                                                                                      Engineering Education Center/Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
12837 Flushing Meadows Dr., Suite 210
St. Louis, MO 63131                                                                                                    314.835.9818                                                                                                   vbirman@mst.edu

Dr. Victor Birman is the Director of the Engineering Education Center in St. Louis (EEC). He received the undergraduate degree in Naval Architecture from the Leningrad Shipbuilding Institute in Russia and PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Dr. Birman specializes in mechanics of composite, sandwich, functionally graded and smart material structures and biomechanics. He authored two books, nearly 150 articles in peer-reviewed archival journals and presented over 70 invited lectures at various international and national conferences.  Dr. Birman conducted research for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, NASA, NSF, NIH, Department of Transportation and industry. His recent research was concerned with such diverse areas as mechanics and resilience of the tendon-to-bone insertion site, sandwich structures with novel core concepts, and resilience of functionally graded solids. Dr. Birman is active at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers previously serving as Chair of the Aerospace Structures and Materials Technical Committee and presently serving on the Congress Steering Committee responsible for the annual International Mechanical Engineering Congress. At the EEC, Dr. Birman manages ten graduate programs offered at this center to part-time St. Louis and distance students.



Chandrashekhara, K.

Chandrashekhara, K.
Curators Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
188 Toomey Hall
573.341.4587
chandra@mst.edu

Dr. Chandrashekhara is a Curators’ Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA. Dr. Chandrashekhara specializes in polymer composite manufacturing, smart structures, multifunctional composite armor, biocomposites, nanocomposites, finite element analysis, and experimental characterization. 

He is the director of the composite manufacturing laboratory at Missouri S&T. The facilities include pultrusion, filament winding, compression molding, injection molding, autoclave, resin transfer molding (RTM), and vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) equipment. Recent projects include manufacturing of complex composite parts using vacuum infusion, sandwich composite panels using out-of-autoclave process  and pultruded biocomposite panels. Nonlinear material models have been developed and implemented in commercial finite element codes. A flow simulation model of the vacuum infusion process of polymer composite manufacturing was used to predict flow front, dry spot formation and resin infusion time. He has published his research in more than 200 articles.  He is the co-author of a textbook on composite materials and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Chen, Genda

Chen, Genda
Professor
Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
307 Civil Engineering
573.341.4462
gchen@mst.edu

 

Dr. Genda Chen received his Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY. Before joining the Missouri S&T faculty in 1996, Dr. Chen performed the structural analysis, design, inspection, and assessment of both highway and long-span bridges. His research interests are related to structural control, structural health monitoring, interfacial mechanics of composite structures, and multi-hazard effects on civil infrastructure. Dr. Chen authored and co-authored over 200 publications, including more than 65 journal articles and book chapters. He was a 1998 recipient of National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Awards, the 2009 Missouri S&T Inaugural Faculty Research Award, and the 2004 Joseph H. Senne, Jr. Academy of Civil Engineers Faculty Achievement Award. Dr. Chen is Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and a recent Guest Editor of a special issue of Structural Engineering and Mechanics. Dr. Chen has served on the organization and program committees of more than 15 national and international conferences. He is Past Chair of the ASCE Performance-Based Design of Structures Committee, Past Secretary of the ASCE Structural Control Committee, and a member of the TRB Seismic Design and Performance of Bridges Committee. Dr. Chen is a current member of ASCE, ACI, TRB, and SPIE.


 Cheng, Maggie

Cheng, Maggie
Associate Professor
Computer Science
325 Computer Science
573.341.7501
chengm@mst.edu

Dr. Maggie Cheng received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 2003. She has been an Assistant and then an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology since August 2003. Her research interests include combinatorial optimization, algorithm design and analysis, with applications in communication networks and social networks. Her recent work involves using sensor networks for structural health monitoring, defect localization, and cyber-physical system fault diagnosis.


Donnell, Kristen

Donnell, Kristen
Assistant Professor
Electical and Computer Engineering
216 Emerson Hall
573.341.6229
kmdgfd@mst.edu

Dr. Kristen M. Donnell received her B.S.E.E. degree in May 2001 from Colorado State University, her M.S.E.E degree in December 2003 from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in December 2010. Her Ph.D. research was conducted at the Applied Microwave Nondestructive Testing Laboratory (amntl). She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri S&T, and a member of the research team at the amntl. Her current research interests include modulated antennas/scatterers, materials characterization, frequency selective surfaces, and hybrid nondestructive testing methods. Prior to starting her Ph.D. work, Kristen was employed by Raytheon Company, Tewksbury, MA, from 2003 to 2006 as a Systems Engineer and Electrical Engineer.

Dr. Donnell is a Senior Member of IEEE, and is also involved with the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, where she served as an appointed member of the AdCom from 2007-2011 and is currently serving her first term as an at-large AdCom member. She served as the Chapter Chair Liaison from 2010-2012, and currently holds the positions of Vice President of the Membership Committee and Distinguished Lecturer Program Chair. Prior to starting her Ph.D., she was employed by Raytheon Company in Tewksbury, MA, where she worked in both Systems and Electrical Engineering.


Hurson, Ali

 

Hurson, Ali
Professor
Computer Science
325 Computer Science
573.341.6201
hurson@mst.edu

Dr. A. R. Hurson is a professor of Computer Science department at Missouri S&T. For the period of 2008-20012 he served as the computer science department chair.  Before joining Missouri S&T, he was a professor of Computer Science and Engineering department at The Pennsylvania State University.  His research for the past 30 years has been supported by NSF, DARPA, Department of Education, Air Force, Office of Naval Research, NCR Corp., General Electric, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Penn State University, and Missouri S & T.  He has published over 300 technical papers in areas including database systems, multidatabases, global information sharing processing, application of mobile agent technology, object oriented databases, Mobile and pervasive computing, computer architecture and cache memory, parallel and distributed processing, dataflow architectures, and VLSI algorithms.  Hurson is the Co-founder of the IEEE Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing (currently IPDPS), IEEE conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications, and IEEE Green Computing Conference.



Konur, Dincer

Konur, Dincer
Assistant Professor
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
206 Engineering Management
573.341.7256
konurd@mst.edu

Dr. Dincer Konur is an Assistant Professor at the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara Turkey. He has worked as a post-doctorate research fellow at the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis. His research interests include applied operations research and game theory in the fields of Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Distribution, and Transportation. He has conducted research for projects sponsored by University Transportation Centers and he has worked on supply chain network design to mitigate traffic congestion,  transportation capacity utilization through shipment consolidation to reduce the stress and congestion on distribution networks, resource allocation for railroad-highway crossing safety upgrades, and other supply chain, logistics, and transportation problems.


 Long, Suzanna

Long, Suzanna
Assistant Professor
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
M
215 Engineering Management
573.341.7621
longsuz@mst.edu

Dr. Suzanna Long is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Missouri S&T. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in engineering management, a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in history from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and an M.A. in history from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her research interests include sustainable transportation Infrastructures, transportation workforce development, strategic global supply chain networks, transportation management, and sustainable energy management systems.


Maerz, Norbert

Maerz, Norbert
Associate Professor
Geological Sciences & Engineering

214a Rock Mechanics
573.341.6714
norbert@mst.edu

Dr. Norbert Maerz conducts research in the area non-destructive testing and imaging of geological and related materials.  In over 20 years he has developed image analysis applications for measuring 1) the size of crushed or blasted rock fragments, 2) the shape of aggregate particles, 3) block size of in-situ rock masses, 4) orientation of in-situ rock fabric, 5) roughness of rock and concrete surfaces, and 6) the geometry of underground openings. Dr. Maerz uses LIDAR to characterize rock slopes, bridges, and as a tool for automated navigation prototypes. Other areas of research Dr. Maerz has been involved in include the development of mobile highway pavement characterization instrumentation, as well as rock mass classification, rock engineering, slope stability, and joint genesis.



Myers, John

Myers, John
Professor
Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
325 Civil Engineering
573.341.6618
jmyers@mst.edu

Dr. John J. Myers, Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, joined Missouri S&T in Rolla, Missouri under the University’s Infrastructure Mission Enhancement Program in March of 1999.  Dr. Myers has been actively involved in high performance materials from a research standpoint for the past seventeen years. He is the Director of the Structural Engineering Research Laboratory (SERL) and past Director of the Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety (CTIS) a National University Transportation Center at Missouri S&T. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. His primary research interests are the structural behavior of prestressed concrete including advanced cement-based materials (HSC, HPC, HS-SCC, SCC, etc.), fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) in structural repair and strengthening applications, the development of environmentally sensitive construction materials, and systems for blast resistant structures.  He has examined techniques for rapid repair and accelerated construction to minimize repair and construction time.  He also has research interests in the field of structural health monitoring and instrumentation related to NDE of in-situ structures and demonstration bridges.

He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering with an emphasis in civil engineering structures and materials from the University of Texas at Austin in December 1998. Following the completion of his Ph.D. he accepted an initial appointment at Missouri S&T during the Spring Semester 1999. Prior to his graduate degrees, Dr. Myers acquired approximately 10 years of industrial experience in the design of infrastructure systems including bridges.


Richardson, David

Richardson, David
Associate Professor
Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
126 Civil Engineering

573.341.4487
richardd@mst.edu

Dr. David Richardson joined Missouri S&T in August of 1984. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He has over 39 years of experience in construction materials across the areas of design, construction, testing, research, education, and training, including positions with design and construction firms as well as sole ownership of a commercial testing laboratory and partner in a consulting firm, departments of transportation, and university education and research positions. Dr. Richardson has been involved in the areas of aggregate, asphalt, concrete and masonry materials behavior and test methods through research, education, and private practice. He is a registered professional engineer in two states and is a member of the American Concrete Institute, the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, and ASCE. He has participated in numerous ACI technical committees including 325 (Concrete Pavements), 214 (Evaluation of Results of Tests Used to Determine of the Strength of Concrete), 330 (Concrete Parking Lots and Site Paving), and 211 (Proportioning of Concrete Mixtures), is an ACI certification Examiner, has participated in state DOT task forces, and has held leadership positions in the Missouri Chapter of ACI. He has been a journal paper reviewer for the ACI Materials Journal, the ASCE Journal of Materials Engineering, and the ASCE Journal Transportation Engineering, and has been a beta tester for FHWA software. His research interests include experimental investigation of:1) static and repeated load behavior of subgrade soils, granular base, stabilized soil, and asphaltic materials; 2) drainability of granular pavement materials; 3) development of pavement material algorithms; 4) durability of aggregates; 5) use of alternate materials in concrete masonry and asphalt pavements; 6) concrete (including slag and flyash) strength and workability variables and mix design procedures; 7) Superpave related topics, 8) aggregate shape characteristics; 9) concrete reinforcement bonding; 10) creep compliance of asphalt mixes; and 11) concrete aggregate gradation.



Sneed, Lesley

Sneed, Lesley H.
Associate Professor
Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
327 Civil Engineering
573.341.4553
sneedlh@mst.edu

Dr. Lesley Sneed, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 2007. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri and Georgia.  Her research interests include reinforced and prestressed concrete structural members and systems, structural models and experimental methods, innovative methods of repair and strengthening of structures subjected to seismic loading or other extreme hazards,evaluation of existing structures, and design codes for structural concrete. Dr. Sneed has over 7 years of industrial experience in structural engineering and investigation.



Wang, Jianmin

Wang, Jianmin
Associate Professor
Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
223 Civil Engineering
573.341.7503
wangjia@mst.edu

Dr. Jianmin Wang , Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, received his Ph.D. In Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1998.  His research interests include silver, adsorption, heavy metal, hurricane katrina, alumina, coal fly ash, characterizing, primary sludge, wastewater, dissolved and organic matter, geological hazards, uptake, dissolved organic matter, activated sludge, ph, zeta potential, acidity constant, and leaching.