About Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental engineers are actively engaged in all efforts to predict, minimize the effect of, and retrofit or repair the infrastructure affected by events that include  global climate change, environmental pollution crises, water shortage crises, non-sustainable energy practices, transportation planning and land use. The Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department continues to address these global challenges through its didactic and research missions. Through our accredited Civil Engineering (CE) and Environmental Engineering (ENVE) programs, we educate and prepare engineers to face major societal challenges, and the CEE faculty members perform cutting-edge research to develop new solutions to global problems.

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E-mail: cee-info@engr.uconn.edu

Civil & Environmental Engineering

University of Connecticut
261 Glenbrook Road  Unit 3037
Storrs, CT  06269-3037

Telephone: (860) 486-2992
Facsimile: (860) 486-2298


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  • 12:20-13:20

    Speark: David Jacobs, Ph.D. student, 

    Location: Laurel Hall 206

    Starting at 12:20PM.

  • 12:20-13:10

     Speakers: Sadia Sharmin, UConn PhD Student / Md-Julfiker Hossain, UConn PhD Student.

    Location:  WOOD 4A

  • 08:30-10:00

    Masters Thesis Defense

    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

    University of Connecticut


    8:30 am – Friday, February 16th, 2018, CAST 306

    Advisory Committee:

    Wei Zhang (Major Advisor)

    Jeongho Kim (Associate Advisor)

    Richard Christenson (Associate Advisor)

    Coastal Community Resilience Assessment for Residential Building Structures Subjected to Multi-Hazards

    With up to 60% of the state’s population and more than $542 billion in infrastructure assets in the State of Connecticut, resilience of coastal communities is extremely critical for community safety and economic development. Recent extreme weather events, such as Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, imposed significant damages and economic losses on the coastal communities in Connecticut and showed the significant need for actions to improve the resilience of the coastal community.

    After suffering losses from flooding from recent hurricanes, many coastal residential buildings were elevated to reduce the potential flooding damages. However, with the elevated height and possibly changed structural types and loading paths, the performance of the elevated building structures has not been carefully studied. Potential trade-offs of wind damages and flooding/wave damages could affect the performance of the entire coastal community during extreme weather events. In the present study, the resilience of a coastal community in the State of Connecticut is evaluated. Both elevated and non-elevated residential building structures are included in the community. Based on the vulnerability analysis of building structures, resilience maps are generated for the community residents, stake-holders, town planners and engineers, etc., for knowledge dissemination and decision making.

    The thesis is organized as below. Firstly, flood parameters are obtained and modified using iterative procedures to meet the code requirement. Secondly, based on the design parameters of the building, three building models were identified to represent the building types in the community. Detailed dimensions and design parameters for the elevated and non-elevated building models follow the code and are updated with further discussion with local town engineers. Thirdly, after defining the failure criteria of the buildings, vulnerability analysis is carried out for the six building models. The damages for each type of buildings under 81-189what-if scenarios with different combinations of wind speed and flooding water level were evaluated. Based on the similarities of the real building structures and the established vulnerability curves, GIS-based resilience maps for the coastal community are generated to show the expected damages for various what-ifmulti-hazard scenarios. Finally, the current state-of-the-art resiliency options and potential application strategies are summarized, as well.

  • 12:15-13:30

    CAST 306, ENVE Grad Students meeting

  • 12:20-13:10

    Speaker: Sergio Lobo-Aguilar, UConn Ph.D. student

    Location: LH 206

  • 12:15-13:10


    Speaker: Greg Thompson, NCAR

    Host: Astitha

  • 12:20-13:10

    Speakers: Dominic Kruszewski / Suvash Dhakal, UConn Ph.D. students

    Location: LH206

  • 12:20-13:10

    Speaker: Smruti Vartak, CTSRC/UConn

    Location: WOOD 4A


Upcoming Events 

Seminar Series:

Feb. 23: CAST 212, Greg Thompson, NCAR, Read More
Feb. 23: LH206, Dominic Kruszewski / Suvash Dhakal, UConn Ph.D. students
Feb. 26: WOOD 4A, Smruti Vartak, CTSRC/UConn
Mar. 02: CAST 212, Mavrik Zavarin, Lawrence Livermore
Mar. 02: LH 206, Ashley Kocsis, GPI


Other Events: