Publications of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Civil and Environmental Engineering Department faculty.


Submissions from 2019

Iron Turning Waste Media for Treating Endosulfan and Heptachlor Contaminated Water, Tauqeer Abbas, Tanush Wadhawan, Asad Khan, John McEvoy, and Eakalak Khan


GIS Framework for Spatiotemporal Mapping of Urban Flooding, Sayed Joinal Hossain Abedin and Haroon Stephen

Phage Shock Protein and Gene Responses of Escherichia Coli Exposed to Carbon Nanotubes, Tu Thi Anh Le, Pumis Thuptimdang, John M. McEvoy, and Eakalak Khan


Identification of Critical Source Areas (CSAs) and Evaluation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Controlling Eutrophication in the Dez River Basin, Hadi Babaei, Mohammad Nazari-Sharabian, Moses Karakouzian, and Sajjad Ahmad

N-Nitrosodimethylamine (Ndma) Formation and Mitigation in Potable Reuse Treatment Trains Employing Ozone and Biofiltration, Fernando Bacaro, Eric Dickenson, Rebecca A. Trenholm, and Daniel Gerrity

Emergency response: Effect of human detection resolution on risks during indoor mass shooting events, Chunhee Cho, Jee Woong Park, and Sayan Sakhakarmi

Modularization Business Case Analysis Model for Industrial Projects Journal of Management in Engineering, Jin O. Choi, James T. Oconnor, Young H. Kwak, and Binit K. Shrestha

Socio-Economic Drought Assessment in Lake Mead, USA, Based on a Multivariate Standardized Water-Scarcity Index, Mohammad Masih Edalat and Haroon Stephen

Impacts of Solids Retention Time and Antibiotic Loading in Activated Sludge Systems on Secondary Effluent Water Quality and Microbial Community Structure, Daniel Gerrity and Majid Neyestani

A Sustainable Solution for Removal of Glutaraldehyde in Saline Water with Visible Light Photocatalysis, Soklida Hong, Thunyalux Ratpukdi, Bunleu Sungthong, Jayaraman Sivaguru, and Eakalak Khan


Toughness, Tenacity and Maximum Initial Strength of Rubber Modified Asphalt Binders, Kazem Jadidi, Mehdi Khalili, Moses Karakouzian, and Serji Amirkhanian

Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education Using the Margin of Error Statistic to Examine the Effects of Aggregating Student Evaluations of Teaching, David James, Gregory Schraw, and Fred Kuch

Entrapped-Cells-Based Anaerobic Forward Osmosis Membrane Bioreactor Treating Medium-Strength Domestic Wastewater: Fouling Characterization and Performance Evaluation, Chaipon Juntawang, Chaiwat Rongsayamanont, and Eakalak Khan


Flow-Induced Stresses and Displacements in Jointed Concrete Pipes Installed by Pipe Jacking Method, Moses Karakouzian, Mehrdad Karami, Mohammad Nazari-Sharabian, and Sajjad Ahmad


Effect of Overburden Height on Hydraulic Fracturing of Concrete-Lined Pressure Tunnels Excavated in Intact Rock: A Numerical Study, Moses Karakouzian, Mohammad Nazari-Sharabian, and Mehrdad Karami

Effects of Transient Flow in Concrete-Lined Pressure Tunnels, and Developing a New Analytical Formula for Pressure Wave Velocity, Mehrdad Karami, Abdorreza Kabiri-Samani, Mohammad Nazari Sharabian, and Moses Karakouzian

Modeling Transitional States of Drivers Yielding Right-Of-Way to Pedestrians at Signalized Midblock Crosswalks using a Hazard-Based Multistate Model, Boniphace Kutela and Hualiang Teng

Prediction of Drivers and Pedestrians' Behaviors at Signalized Mid-Block Danish Offset Crosswalks Using Bayesian Networks, Boniphace Kutela and Hualiang Teng


A Graph-Based Reinforcement Learning Method with Converged State Exploration and Exploitation, Han Li, Tianding Chen, Hualiang Teng, and Yingtao Jiang

Improving the hardened and transport properties of perlite incorporated mixture through different solutions: Surface area increase, nanosilica incorporation or both, Seyed Mahmoud Motahari Karein, Mohammad Balapour, and Moses Karakouzian

Transport and Durability Properties of Alkali-Activated Natural Pozzolan/Slag Concrete, Meysam Najimi and Nadar Ghafoori

Engineering Properties of Natural Pozzolan/Slag Based Alkali-Activated Concrete, Meysam Najimi and Nader Ghafoori


Water Quality Modeling of Mahabad Dam Watershed–Reservoir System under Climate Change Conditions, Using SWAT and System Dynamics, Mohammad Nazari-Sharabian, Masoud Taheriyoun, Sajjad Ahmad, Moses Karakouzian, and Azadeh Ahmadi

Specification of Mixed Logit Models Assisted by an Optimization Framework, Alexander Paz, Cristian Arteaga, and Carlos Cobos


Modeling of GRACE-Derived Groundwater Information in the Colorado River Basin, Md Mafuzur Rahaman, Balbhadra Thakur, Ajay Kalra, and Sajjad Ahmad


Optimization of Photocatalytic Degradation of Acid Blue 113 and Acid Red 88 Textile Dyes in a UV-C/TiO2 Suspension System: Application of Response Surface Methodology (RSM), Ali Saber, David E. James, and Soroosh Mortazavian


Investigation of Tactile Sensory System Configuration for Construction Hazard Perception, Sayan Sakhakarmi and Jeewoong Park

Simultaneous Bioprecipitation of Cadmium to Cadmium Sulfide Nanoparticles and Nitrogen Fixation by Rhodopseudomonas Palustris TN110, Jakkapan Sakpirom, Duangporn Kantachote, Sumana Siripattanakul-Ratpukdi, John McEvoy, and Eakalak Khan

Cave Temperature and Management Implications in Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park, USA, Stanka Šebela, Gretchen Baker, and Barbara Luke

Large-Scale Flexure Fracture Experiiments on High-Toughness Steel, Ryan J. Sherman, William N. Collins, and Robert J. Connor

Large-Scale Flexure Fracture Experiments on High-Toughness Steel, Ryan J. Sherman PhD, PE; William N. Collins PhD, PE; and Robert J. Connor PhD

Material Characterization of High-Toughness Steel, Ryan J. Sherman, William N. Collins, and Robert J. Connor

Change Orders on Road Maintenance Contracts: Causes and Preventive Measures, Kabindra K. Shrestha Ph.D, P.E. and Pramen P. Shrestha Ph.D, P.E.

Life-Cycle Cost Comparison of Chip Seal and Striping: In-House Workers versus Private Contractors, Kishor Shrestha, Pramen P. Shrestha, and Mylinh Lidder

Probability of Change Orders and the Effect on Cost and Schedule for New Public School Buildings, Pramen P. Shrestha, Kabindra Kumar Shrestha, and Haileab B. Zeleke

Degradation of Antibiotics by Modified Vacuum-UV Based Processes: Mechanistic Consequences of H2O2 and K2S2O8 in the Presence of Halide Ions, Yuqing Sun, Dong-Wan Cho, Nigel J.D. Graham, Deyi Hou, Alex C.K. Yip, Eakalak Khan, Hocheol Song, Yaru Li, and Daniel C.W. Tsang

Spatiotemporal Variation in the Continental US Streamflow in Association with Large-Scale Climate Signals Across Multiple Spectral Bands, Kazi Ali Tamaddun, Ajay Kalra, and Sajjad Ahmad


Effects of ENSO on Temperature, Precipitation, and Potential Evapotranspiration of North India’s Monsoon: An Analysis of Trend and Entropy, Kazi Tamaddun, Ajay Kalra, Miguel Bernandez, and Sajjad Ahmad

Emerging Contaminants in Wastewater, Stormwater Runoff, and Surface Water: Application as Chemical Markers for Diffuse Sources, Ngoc Han Tran, Martin Reinhard, Eakalak Khan, Huiting Chen, Viet Tung Nguyen, Yiwen Li, Shin Giek Goh, Quy Bau Nguyen, Nazanin Saeidi, and Karina Yew-Hoong Gin


Changes in Snow Phenology from 1979 to 2016 over the Tianshan Mountains, Central Asia, Tao Yang, Qian Li, Sajjad Ahmad, Hongfei Zhou, and Lanhai Li

Simplified performance-based optimal seismic design of reinforced concrete frame buildings, Chunyu Zhang and Ying Tian

Submissions from 2018

Automated Generation of Optimal Steel Sequences with Discrete Action, Status and Interaction Simulation in BIM, Madhumita Akhuli, Chunhee Cho, Jee W. Park, and Kyungki Kim


Use of Ozone-biofiltration for Bulk Organic Removal and Disinfection Byproduct Mitigation in Potable Reuse Applications, Mayara Arnold, Jacimaria Batista, Eric Dickenson, and Daniel Gerrity

Performance Assessment of Artificial Neural Networks and Support Vector Regression Models for Stream Flow Predictions, Ateeq-ur-Rauf, Abdul Razzaq Ghumman, Sajjad Ahmad, and Hashim Nisar Hashmi


Performance Characterization of a Novel Marsh Shoreline Protection Technology: The Wave Suppression and Sediment Collection (WSSC) System, Grant Besse, Salman Sakib, Daniel Gang, and Donald Hayes


Relationship between Ocean-Atmospheric Climate Variables and Regional Streamflow of the Conterminous United States, Swastik Bhandari, Ajay Kalra, Kazi Tamaddun, and Sajjad Ahmad


A Conceptual Framework for Integration Development of GSFLOW Model: Concerns and Issues Identified and Addressed for Model Development Efficiency, Chao Chen, Sajjad Ahmad, and Ajay Kalra


Data-Driven Monitoring System for Preventing the Collapse of Scaffolding Structures, Chunhee Cho, Kyungki Kim Aff.M.ASCE, JeeWong Park A.M.ASCE, and Yong K. Cho A.M.ASCE

Multi-Physics Simulation of Microwave Energy for curing Cement-based Materials, Chunhee Cho, Jee W. Park, and Kyungki Kim


An Embedded Sensory System for Worker Safety: Prototype Development and Evaluation, Chunhee Cho and Jee Woong Park


Automated and Optimized Sensor Deployment using Building Models and Electromagnetic Simulation, Chunhee Cho, Jeewoong Park, and Kyungki Kim


Energy Loss in Cement-based Material for Efficient Sensor Deployment at a Site, Chunhee Cho, JeeWoong Park, and Kyungki Kim

Machine Learning for Assessing Real-Time Safety Conditions of Scaffolds, Chunhee Cho, Jee Woong Park, Kyungki Kim, and Sayan Sakhakarmi

Scaffolding Modelling for Real-Time Monitoring using a Strain Sensing Approach, Chunhee Cho, Sayan Sakhakarmi, Kyungki Kim, and Jee Woong Park

An Investigation of Construction Workforce Inequalities and Biases in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Industry, Jin Ouk Choi, Pramen P. Shrestha, Jaewon Lim, and Binit K. Shrestha


Antibiotic-resistant Escherichia Coli from Retail Poultry Meat with Different Antibiotic Use Claims, Gregg S. Davis, Kara Waits, Lora Nordstrom, Heidi Grande, Brett Weaver, Katerina Papp, Joseph Horwinski, Benjamin Koch, Bruce A. Hungate, Cindy M. Liu, and Lance B. Price

Impact of Upstream Chlorination on Filter Performance and Microbial Community Structure of GAC and Anthracite Biofilters, Glen Andrew de Vera, Daniel Gerrity, Mitchell Stoker, Wilbur Frehner, and Eric C. Wert


Efficacy of Dredging for Remediating Polychlorinated Biphenyl-Contaminated Sediments of the Lower Fox River, Sahar Ehsani and Donald Hayes

Simultaneous Estimation of Flexible Models and Associated Hyperparameters: An Application to Travel Activity-Duration Modeling, Daniel Emaasit and Alexander Paz

Performance Comparison of Design-Build Projects for Highways and Buildings, Medya Fathi and Pramen P. Shrestha


Investigation of Setting Time and Compressive Strength of Ready-mixed Concrete Blended with Returned Fresh Concrete, Negasi N. Gebremichael, S. Mahmoud Motahara Karein, Moses Karakouzian, and Kazem Jadidi

Microbial Community Characterization Of Ozone-biofiltration Systems In Drinking Water And Potable Reuse Applications, D Gerrity, M Arnold, E Dickenson, D Moser, J D. Sackett, and E C. Wert


Sodium Sulfate Resistance of Mortars Containing Combined Nanosilica and Microsilica, Nader Ghafoori PhD, PE, MASCE; Iani Batilov; Meysam Najimi; and MohammadReza Sharbaf

Remediation of Loss in Flow Properties of Self-consolidating Concrete under Various Combinations of Transportation Time and Temperature, Nader Ghafoori, Hamidou Diawara, and Ariful Hasnat

Experimental and Numerical Investigations for Optimal Emitter Spacing in Drip Irrigation, Abdul Razzaq Ghumman, Muhammad Iqbal, Sajjad Ahmad, and Hashim Nisar Hashmi


Investigating Management of Irrigation Water in the Upstream Control System of the Upper Swat Canal, A. R. Ghumman, Sajjad Ahmad, S. Rahman, and Z. Khan

Optimizing Ozone-Biofiltration Systems for Organic Carbon Removal in Potable Reuse Applications, Mac Gifford, Ashley Selvy, and Daniel Gerrity

Hardness Variation in Driven Rivets for Bridge Evaluation, Matthew H. Hebdon Ph.D, P.E., M.ASCE; Ryan J. Sherman Ph.D, P.E., M.ASCE; and Robert J. Connor Ph.D, M.ASCE


Photolysis of Glutaraldehyde in Brine: A Showcase Study for Removal of a Common Biocide in Oil and Gas Produced Water, Soklida Hong, Thunyalux Ratpukdi, Jayaraman Sivaguru, and Eakalak Khan


A New Approach to Evaluate Alkali-silica Reactivity Using Loss in Concrete Stiffness, Mohammad S. Islam and Nader Ghafoori


Integrating System Dynamics and Remote Sensing to Estimate Future Water Usage and Average Surface Runoff in Lagos, Nigeria, Gilles A. Kandissounon, Ajay Karla, and Sajjad Ahmad

Pretreatment of Natural Perlite Powder by further Milling to use as a Supplementary Cementitious Material, S. Mahmoud Matahari Karein, Payam Vosoughi, Soroush Isapour, and Moses Karakouzian


Effects of the Mechanical Miling Method on Transport Properties of Self-compacting Concrete Containing Perlite Powder as a Supplementary Cementitious Material, S. Mahmoud Motahari Karein, Alireza Joshaghani, A. A. Ramezanianpour, Soroush Isapour, and Moses Karakouzian


Effects of the Mechanical Milling Method on Transport Properties of Self-Compacting Concrete Containing Perlite Powder as a Supplementary Cementitious Material, S. Mahmoud Motahari Karein, Alireza Joshaghani, A. A. Ramezanianpour, Soroush Isapour, and Moses Karakouzian

Generalised Clusterwise Regression for Simultaneous Estimation of Optimal Pavement Clusters and Performance Models, Mukesh Khadka, Alexander Paz, and Ashok Singh

Microbial Communities in Bakken Region Produced Water, Daniel Lipus, Dhritikshama Roy, Eakalak Khan, Daniel Ross, Amit Vikram, Djuna Gulliver, Richard Hammack, and Kyle Bibby

A Modified Cyclic Constitutive Model for Engineered Cementitious Composites, Xiaopeng Li, Xiaoyong Zhou, Ying Tian, and Mo Li

Relationship between Project Performance and Contract Procurement Factors for Design-Bid-Build Texas Highway Projects, Ruiko Maharjan and Pramen P. Shrestha

Assessing High School Science Teachers’ Nature of Engineering (NOE) Perceptions with an Open-ended NOE Instrument (Fundamental), Erica J. Marti, Erdogan Kaya, Hasan Deniz, and Ezgi Yesilyurt

Synthesis, Characterization, and Kinetic Study of Activated Carbon Modified by Polysulfide Rubber Coating for Aqueous Hexavalent Chromium Removal, Soroosh Mortazavian, Ali Saber, Jaeyoung Hong, Jee-Hwan Bae, Dongwon Chun, Nicolas Wong, Daniel Gerrity, Jacimaria Batista, Kwang J. Kim, and Jaeyun Moon

Alkali-activated Natural Pozzolan/slag Concrete: Fresh and Strength Properties, Meysam Najimi and Nader Ghafoori

Modeling Chloride Penetration in Self-consolidating Concrete Using Artificial Neural Network Combined with Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm, Meysam Najimi, Nader Ghafoori, and Mehdi Nikoo


Comparative Study of Alkali-Activated Natural Pozzolan and Fly Ash Mortars, Meysam Najimi, Nader Ghafoori, Brittany Radke, Kimberly Sierra, and MohammedReza Sharbaf

Alkali-activated Natural Pozzolan/Slag Mortars: A Parametric Study, Meysam Najimi, Nader Ghafoori, and Mohammadreza Sharbaf


Climate Change and Eutrophication: A Short Review, Mohammad Nazari-Sharabian, Sajjad Ahmad, and Moses Karakouzian


Evaluating Future Flood Scenarios using CMIP5 Climate Projections, Narayan Nyaupane, Balbhadra Thakur, Ajay Kalra, and Sajjad Ahmad

Quantitative Stable Isotope Probing with H2 18O Reveals that most Bacterial Taxa in Soil Synthesize New Ribosomal RNA, Katerina Papp, Rebecca L. Mau, Michaela Hayer, Benjamin J. Koch, Bruce A. Hungate, and Egbert Schwartz


mRNA, rRNA and DNA Quantitative Stable Isotope Probing with H218O Indicates Use of Old rRNA among Soil Thaumarchaeota, Katrina Papp, Bruce A. Hungate, and Egbert Schwartz


Sensor-Based Safety Performance Assessment of Individual Construction Workers, JeeWoong Park, Yong K. Cho, and Ali Khodabandelu

Integrated System for Collecting and Reporting Crash and Citation Data, Alexander Paz, Cristian Arteaga, and Carlos Gaviria


Experimental Study of Dynamic Progressive Collapse in Flat-Plate Buildings Subjected to an Interior Column Removal, Zhonghua Peng M.ASCE, Sarah L. Orton M.ASCE, Jinrong Liu M.ASCE, and Ying Tian M.ASCE


Methods of Dropping Auxiliary Lanes at Freeway Weaving Segments, Yi Qi, Yubian Wang, Xiaoming Sammy Chen, Ruey Long Cheu, Lei Yu, and Hualiang Teng

Phenol Inhibition Of Dissolved Organic Nitrogen Biodegradation In Wastewater, Chaiwat Rongsayamanont, Piyamart Khongkhaem, Ekawan Luepromchai, and Khan Eakalak


A Multiobjective Bilevel Approach Based On Global-Best Harmony Search for Defining Optimal Routes and Frequencies for Bus Rapid Transit Systems, Edgar Ruano-Daza, Carlos Cobos, Jose Torres-Jimenez, Martha Mendoza, and Alexander Paz

Effects of Seasonal Fluctuations of Surface Heat Flux and Wind Stress on Mixing and Vertical Diffusivity of Water Column in Deep Lakes, Ali Saber, David E. James, and Donald F. Hayes

Enhanced Machine Learning Classification Accuracy for Scaffolding Safety using Increased Features, Sayan Sakhakarmi, JeeWoong Park, and Chunhee Cho


Laboratory Study and Mathematical Modeling of a Novel Marsh Shoreline Protection Technology for Sand Collection, Salman Sakib, Daniel Gang, Grant Besse, Bao-bao Tang, Nicholas McCoy, and Donald Hayes

Biological Reduction of Nitrate and Perchlorate in Soil Microcosms: An Electron Donor Comparison of Glycerol, Emulsified Oil, and Mulch Extract, Mayra Sarria, John Michael Gonzales, Daniel Gerrity, and Jacimaria Batista

A Potential Framework for Exploiting the Benefits of High-Toughness Steel, Ryan J. Sherman, William N. Collins, and Robert J. Connor

Development of a Fatigue Design Load for High-Mast Lighting Towers, Ryan J. Sherman PhD, PE, M.ASCE and Robert J. Connor PhD, M.ASCE