As part of my research program, I focus on the behaviors of Civil Engineering structures that are reinforced with geosynthetic materials. Geosynthetic reinforcements are polymeric materials that come in many different forms (e.g. fabrics, grids, sheets, drains, composites), and have significant potential benefits in terms of increased performance and decreased construction time, construction costs, and long term maintenance costs. Most of my research involves the instrumentation and monitoring of full-scale geosynthetic-reinforced Civil Engineering structures in the field for the purpose of evaluating material and structural performance to improve design.
A heavily instrumented Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) Integrated Bridge System (IBS) that was constructed in Defiance County, Ohio is displayed in the photograph above. GRS IBS technology was developed and refined by Michael Adams and his research group at the FHWA Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. The goal of this project was to study the thermally induced deformations and interactions between the substructure and superstructure.
More recently, I have ventured into developing an educational research program through a National Science Foundation Course Curriculum Improvement Grant that recently ended December 2013. The goal was to develop and assess ways of improving comprehension of difficult engineering concepts in the classroom by creating a more engaging, student-centered learning environment. I plan to continue this initiative in the coming years.Click on the link above to access the project website for this NSF funded project.