Geomechanics and Geoenvironmental Engineering



The geo-group performs multidisciplinary research in the areas of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, as well as on geophysics and geomaterials.

Degree Offered


Amvrossios C. Bagtzoglou
(860) 486-4017

Hydrologic modeling

Martin A. Briggs
Adjunct Faculty
(860) 487-7402

Physical chemical exchanges at the interface

Maria Chrysochoou
Associate Professor
(860) 486-3594

Environmental surface chemistry

Lanbo Liu

Engineering site characterization


1. Geophysics Lab

The Geophysics Laboratory is located in room 114A of the F.L. Castleman building.  The geophysics lab houses a variety of field and laboratory testing equipment including ground penetrating radar (GPR), electrical resistivity (ER), seismic reflection and refraction, Induced Polarization (IP), Time-domain Reflectometry (TDR) and a HP Network Analyzer.

2. Geoenvironmental Lab

The Geoenvironmental Laboratory is located in room 105 of the F.L. Castleman building. We have 500 ft2 all to ourselves, plus a 1,000 ft2 space that houses all major equipment shared by the ENVE faculty. The GEO lab has everything you need to play: fume hood, DI water supply, oven, multi-meters for pH, Eh, DO, bromide and sulfide measurements, spectrophotometer, micronizing mill, rotary agitator, multi-channel column setup, hot plates, chemicals, etc. 


3. Advanced Geotechnical Lab

The Advanced Geotechnical Laboratory is located in room 112 of the F.L. Castleman building.  The Advanced Geotechnical lab is a soils testing lab with capabilities of testing a wide variety of soil samples with an array of triaxial testing equipment, resonant column testing, and ultrasonic testing module.