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.

Ehsan Dehghan-Niri, Ph.D.

Tathagata Ray, Ph.D.




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.



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.

Yanyan Zhang, Ph.D., P.Eng.



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.




NMSU’s Transportation Engineering research strengths are Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Traffic Signal Systems. The Driver Simulation Laboratory is a place where students can model driver behavior and crash probability. 


Peter Martin, Ph.D., P.E.