Research Areas


Technically challenging and forever fascinating, NMSU’s Structural Engineering groups perform analysis, design, construction, and evaluation of buildings, bridges, and other structures to ensure public safety. These groups continue to push the boundaries of next generation materials, systems, and design.


David Jauregui, Ph.D., P.E.

Craig Newtson, Ph.D.

Brad Weldon, Ph.D.

Tathagata Ray, Ph.D.


Materials Lab – EC2 138, 139

Bridge Evaluation Lab – EC2 115

Bridge Inspection Program Office – EC2 217

Concrete Canoe ASCE Lab – EC2 129



Dealing with the design, analysis, and construction of foundations, slopes, retaining structures, pavements, excavations, tunneling, earth dams, earthworks, and other systems made of or supported by soil or rock, NMSU’s Geotechnical Engineering Research groups have been engaged in federally funded research studies and have received numerous awards and recognition.


Paola Bandini, Ph.D., P.E.

Douglas Cortes, Ph.D.


Geotechnical and Graduate Soil Mechanics Lab – EC2 130



For over 30 years, the Civil Engineering Department has actively developed educational and research programs in various aspects of environmental engineering, to include sustainable engineering solutions for environmental problems to protect humans and our environment. Our groups focus on surface, groundwater, and wastewater treatment, quality analysis, and pollution control; solid and hazardous waste systems design; aquatic chemistry; environmental microbiology; and mass transfer of pollutants in engineered and natural systems.


Nirmala Khandan, Ph.D., P.E.

Lambis Papelis, Ph.D.

Pei Xu, Ph.D.


Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold Water Qualtiy Lab – EC3 106, 110

Jesse V. Lunsford Environmental Engineering and Science Teaching Lab – EC2 228

John W. Clark Environmental Engineering Research Lab – EC2 226


Water Resources

NMSU’s Water Resources Groups have engaged with the design and management of hydraulic structures and water resource development both domestically and internationally.


Zohrab Samani, Ph.D.

James King, Ph.D., P.E.

Salim Bawazir, Ph.D.


Hydraulics and Fluids Lab – EC1 136

Water Resources Lab – EC2 124



Strengths, Facilities, Press Releases, Recognition, Themes


Peter Martin, Ph.D.


New Mexico Graduate Student Traffic Lab – EC2 215