Civil and Environmental Engineering


Savage, Bruce Ph.D., P.E. - Associate Professor and Chair

Dr. Savage received his Ph.D. from Utah State University in 2002. His research interests include application of computational fluid dynamics (RANS) to hydraulic structures, physical modeling of hydraulic structures, flood control structures, fish passage and habitat, dams and spillways, and wave energy.

Ebrahimpour, Arya Ph.D., P.E. - Professor and Director of M.S. Program in Civil Engineering

Dr. Ebrahimpour received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (structures) from the University of Idaho in 1987. His research interests include experimental and analytical studies in structural vibrations, applications of advanced materials in structural engineering, and structural seismic risk assessment.

Leung, Solomon Ph.D., P.E. - Professor, Coordinator, Environmental Engineering Program

Dr. Leung received his Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 1989 from the University of Iowa. His research interests include physicochemical treatment processes, environmental systems modeling, environmental risk assessment, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.

Mahar, James Ph.D., LPG, PG, PHG - Senior Lecturer

Dr. Mahar has had 30 years of experience as a geotechnical consultant on projects such as tunnels; bridge foundations; building foundations and damage; highways; air fields; levees; open cut excavations; soil and rock slopes; shafts; dredging; rock and soil excavations; lock and dam structures; and dams.

Sato, Chikashi Ph.D. - Professor, Director of Environmental Science and Management

Dr. Sato received his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Iowa. His research interests include microbial fuel cells, water treatment (disinfection, photolysis, sonolysis), and water quality modeling.

Mashal, Mustafa Ph.D., M.ASCE - Visiting Assistant Professor and Faculty Advisor for ASCE Student Chapter

Dr. Mashal received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a Specialization in Structural and Earthquake Engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand in 2015. Dr. Mashal has over 8 years of experience as a Senior Structural and Earthquake Engineer/Consultant in the United States, New Zealand, and Afghanistan. He started his career as a Structural Engineer working on complex military projects of the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan. Following Canterbury earthquakes in New Zealand in 2011, Dr. Mashal has been extensively involved with seismic assessment / retrofitting of existing multi-story buildings, and analysis / design of new buildings and bridges using the state-of-the-art seismic design technologies such as supplemental damping, dissipative controlled rocking, and seismic isolation. Dr. Mashal is the holder of United States and International patents on novel metallic seismic devices for vibration (earthquake, wind, and human-induced) protection of structural and non-structural components.

Dr. Mashal is the author of more than 30 publications in Structural and Earthquake Engineering. He is a Reviewer for ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and Bulletin of New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering. His research interests include Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) in high seismicity, low damage seismic design technologies for buildings and bridges, assessment and retrofitting of existing concrete, steel, and masonry structures, alternative cost-effective and sustainable construction technologies for residential/commercial buildings, Structural Concrete Insulated Panels (SCIPs), nonlinear dynamic analysis of structures, and analytical modeling using research and commercial software tools.

Adjunct Faculty


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