Air pollutants pose direct risks as toxics, heart and lung stressors, and indirect risks as climate pollutants. The ESSIE Air Resources group studies how air pollutants.are created, designs measurement techniques, devises control technologies, models the fate of the pollutants, and characterizes composition of past, present, and future atmospheres. This work can have immediate impacts by reducing exposure now, and can improve the scientific basis of future decisions on air quality and sustainability.
The Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering program is composed of faculty with a wide range of research interests in coastal physical processes. Faculty teach a variety of graduate courses while implementing state-of-the-art pedagogic methods. Courses include Wave Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Physical Oceanography, Data Analysis and Numerical Models, among others. The Faculty's research is recognized internationally for its prominence and for its impact in understanding physical processes associated with sediment transport in beaches, estuaries and lakes; wave transformations over sandy and muddy bottoms; bridge scouring; inlet morphodynamics and wave-current interactions; estuarine and coastal physics; storm surge and inundation; and salt intrusion into estuaries and groundwater aquifers. The Faculty's research is funded by Federal and State agencies, as well as by industrial sponsors. Research trains students to become professionals in academic institutions, government agencies, non-government organizations, or industry consulting.
Our academic and research focus is on the delivery of heavy civil infrastructure projects. Our graduates are prepared to plan, manage, and provide engineering support on heavy civil projects. Construction engineers plan and manage the construction of highways, bridges, airports, railroads, buildings, dams, reservoirs, building systems, etc. Construction of such projects requires professionals with a strong fundamental knowledge of engineering and management principles and knowledge of business procedures, economics, and human behavior. Construction engineers engage in the design of temporary structures, cost estimating, planning and scheduling, materials procurement, equipment selection, and cost control. Construction engineering graduates find career opportunities with all of the participants in the project delivery process including: owners, construction management firms, design consultants, design-build firms, and constructors.
Environmenal Nanotechnology comprises a comprehensive curriculum that includes Aerosol Mechanics, Air Pollution Control Design, Air Pollution Sampling and Analysis, Activated Carbon: Environmental Design and Application, and Environmental Chemistry of Trace Metals. Students can build both depth and breadth into their educational experiences by adding elective courses from other UF College of Engineering departments including the Enviromental Engineering Sciences (EES) Department.
Aligning human interaction with the earth and water environment, this interdisciplinary postgraduate research program focuses on eco-friendly geoenvironmental solutions through the collaborative efforts of a multi-discipline team in four interdependent and mutually reinforcing areas: geo-environmental multiphase multiphysics, smart waste management, advanced waste recycling, and energy-efficient geo-structures. An inclusive, multi-disciplinary graduate curriculum of Geosystems Engineering is currently being developed from a transformational point of view of utilizing geo-environmental technology for environmental, economical, and social-political sustainability.
The Materials and Pavement Group conducts research, education, and service activities in the field of pavements and related materials. It is devoted to promoting sustainable practices in pavement engineering, enhance understanding of distress mechanisms and failure modes, develop testing and conditioning procedures to improve material characterization, and develop design approaches for pavement systems that optimize performance.
The Public Works Engineering program leads the way researching and developing solutions in sustainable public works planning and infrastructure management, utility relocation tort cases, typical intersection crash pattern, quick response for major oil spill, user cost data for bridge management systems, feeder bus service for downtown people mover, construction pay adjustment technique, user cost at work zone, control of radon mitigation before building construction, and evaluation of fiber optic placement along the highway right-of-way. Courses include Public Works Planning, Public Works Management, Financial Accounting, Municipal Refuse Disposal, Developing Leadership Skills, and Facilities Operation and Maintenance.
Structural engineering research within ESSIE at the University of Florida includes infrastructure system response to extreme-event loading, durability of infrastructure and materials, health monitoring, evaluation and strengthening of existing structures, and the development of construction methods to improve long-term sustainability of new infrastrncture. The structural faculty has a complementary set of expertise in theoretical, analytical, computational, experimental and field investigation techniques well suited to address critical infrastructure issues.
The Systems Ecology and Ecological Engineering program provides students who are committed to solving environmental challenges that currently face human societies with an integrative education in science, engineering, and policy. Students enrolled in this program are challenged to develop interdisciplinary solutions, design novel engineering tools, and articulate critical policy and management recommendations to address a range of applied environmental problems. We prepare students for careers in ecology, engineering, and environmental policy. Our interdisciplinary graduate curriculum provides both holistic and highly-specialized courses and includes options for certificates in Wetland Sciences and Environmental Policy.
Transportation systems are highly complex, and continue to present significant challenges in our everyday lives. Transportation engineers at UFTI seek innovative solutions to meeting urban or regional mobility needs. Research involves the planning, design, operations, monitoring or optimization of transportation, and other infrastructure systems toward achieving safety sustainability, and economic efficiency. Current research initiatives focus on autonomous and connected vehicles, big data in transportation, transportation and air quality, electric mobility, and economic competitiveness.
The Water Systems group embraces education and research in areas of Hydrology, Potable Water, Storm Water, and Wastewater. Water quantity and quality at scales ranging from the pore structure of clays and fractured rock to large scale systems such as watersheds and springsheds are major foci in Hydrology research. Emphasis is placed on elucidating the breadth of interactions between urban water systems and contiguous aquifer, stream, wetland, spring, and lake systems and how these interactions sustain the ecological health of system components and the larger water system.