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

Relating Urbanization and Irrigation Water Demand in Gujranwala District of Pakistan, Abhusan Achhami, Sajjad Ahmad, and Haroon Stephen

Equivalency of Indirect and Direct Potable Reuse Paradigms Based on a Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment Framework, Erfaneh Amoueyan, Yongsheng He, Hongjie Wu, Chuanwei Zhu, Shichun Huang, and Jian Huang

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

Urban Heat Island Intensity Mapping of Las Vegas Using Landsat Thermal Infrared Data, Adam Black, Sajjad Ahmad, and Haroon Stephen

Using Solar and Wind Energy for Water Treatment in the Southwest, Saria Bukhary, Jacimaria Batista, and Sajjad Ahmad

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

Identifying Potential Innovative Technologies and Management Approaches for Design Standardization, Jin Ouk Choi, Young Hoon Kwak, Jennifer S. Shane, and Binit K. Shrestha

Spatiotemporal Dynamics Assessment of Snow Cover to Infer Snowline Elevation Mobility in the Moutainous Regions, Bahram Choubin, Esmail Heydari Alamdarloo, Amir Mosavi, Farzaneh Sajedi Hosseini, Sajjad Ahmad, Massoud Goodarzi, and Shahaboddin Shamshirband

Fracture Toughness Characterization of High-Performance Steel for Bridge Girder Applications, Williams Collins, Ryan Sherman, Roberto Leon, and Robert Connor

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

Lessons Learned from Progressive Design-Build Implementation on Airport Projects, Ghada M. Gad, Brandon Davis, Pramen P. Shrestha, and Patrick Harder

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

Rainfall-Runoff Simulation in Cache River Basin, Illinois, Using HEC-HMS, Neekita Joshi, Astha Bista, Indira Pokhrel, Ajay Kalra, and Sajjad Ahmad

Application of HEC-RAS to Study the Sediment Transport Characteristics of Maumee River in Ohio, Neekita Joshi, Gaurav Raj Lamichhane, Md. Mafuzur Rahaman, Ajay Kalra, and Sajjad Ahmad

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


Bulbous Pier: An Alternative to Bridge Pier Extension as a Countermeasure against Bridge Deck Splashing, Moses Karakouzian, Amilcar Chavez, Donald Hayes, and Mohammad Nazari-Sharabian


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

Investigating the 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


Rheological Properties of Modified Crumb Rubber Asphalt Binder and Selecting the Best Modified Binder Using AHP Method, Mehdi Khalili, Kazem Jadidi, and Serji Amirkhanian

Exploring the Associated Factors for Multiple-Threats and Near-Miss Incidents at Signalized Midblock Crosswalks, Boniphace Kutela and Hualiang Teng

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

The Influence of Campus Characteristics, Temporal Factors, and Weather Events on Campuses-Related Daily Bike-Share Trips, 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

Current Progress in Treatment Techniques of Triclosan from Wastewater: A Review, Zirui Luo, Yangzhuo He, Dan Zhi, Lin Luo, Yuqing Sun, Eakalak Khan, Lei Wang, Yutao Peng, Yaoyu Zhou, and Daniel C.W. Tsang

Impact of Precipitation and Agricultural Productivity on Groundwater Storage in Rahim Yar Khan District, Pakistan, Guarang Mistry, Haroon Stephen, and Sajjad Ahmad

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

Using SWAT to Simulate Streamflow in Trinity River Basin, Texas, USA, Md. Mafuzur Rahaman, Gaurav Raj Lamichhane, Alen Shrestha, Balbhadra Thakur, Ajay Kalra, and Sajjad Ahmad


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

Dissolved Oxygen/Free Ammonia (DO/FA) Ratio Manipulation to Gain Distinct Proportions of Nitrogen Species in Effluent of Entrapped-Cell-Based Reactors, Chaiwat Rongsayamanont, Eakalak Khan, and Tawan Limpiyakorn

Application of a Novel Grid-Based Method Using a Wavelet Artificial Neural Network System for Predicting Water Quality Profiles in Deep Lakes: Effects of High and Low Frequency Wavelet Decomposed Components, Ali Saber, David E. James, and Donald F. Hayes

Estimation of Water Quality Profiles in Deep Lakes Based on Easily Measurable Constituents at the Water Surface Using Artificial Neural Networks Coupled with Stationary Wavelet Transform, Ali Saber, David E. James, and Donald F. Hayes


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

Analysis of Changes in Surface Energy Fluxes Due to Urbanization in Las Vegas, Rubab Saher, Sajjad Ahmad, and Haroon Stephen


Development of Threshold Levels and a Climate-Sensitivity Model of the Hydrological Regime of the High-Altitude Catchment of the Western Himalayas, Pakistan, Muhammad Saifullah, Shiyin Liu, Adnan Ahmad Tahir, Muhammad Zaman, Sajjad Ahmad, Muhammad Adnan, Dianyu Chen, Muhammad Ashraf, and Asif Mehmood


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

Urban Runoff and Pollutant Reduction by Retrofitting Green Infrastructure in Storm Water Management System, Sailuj Shakya, Kazi Ali Tamaddun, Haroon Stephen, and Sajjad Ahmad

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

Impacts of Change Orders on Cost and Schedule Performance and the Correlation with Project Size of DB Building Projects, Pramen P. Shrestha PhD, PE and Medya Fathi

Effect of Change Orders on Cost and Schedule for Small Low-Bid Highway Contracts, Pramen P. Shrestha and Ruiko Maharjan

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

Environmental Impact of Conversion of Natural Wetland into Reservoir: A Case Study of Chotiari Reservoir in Pakistan, Altaf A, Siyal; Aamir M. Bhatti; M. Munir Babar; Kamran Ansari; Rubab Saher; and Sajjad Ahmad

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

Ambient Air Quality of Major Indian States and Cities: A Spatiotemporal Analysis, Kazi Ali Tamaddun, Ajay Kalra, and Sajjad Ahmad

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

CMIP5 Models' Ability to Capture Observed Trends under the Influence of Shifts and Persistence: An In-Depth Study on the Colorado River Basin, Kazi Ali Tamaddun, Ajay Kalra, Sanjiv Kumar, 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

A Clusterwise Regression Approach for the Estimation of Crash Frequencies, Naveen Veeramisti, Alexander Paz, Mukesh Khadka, and Cristian Arteaga

MELPF version 1: Modeling Error Learning based Post-Processor Framework for Hydrologic Models Accuracy Improvement, Rui Wu, Lei Yang, Chao Chen, Sajjad Ahmad, Sergiu M. Dascalu, and Frederick C. Harris Jr.


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

Effects of High Temperature on Residual Punching Strength of Slab-Column Connections after Cooling and Enhanced Post-Punching Load Resistance, Chunyu Zhang, Wenchen Ma, Xiang Liu, Ying Tian, and Sarah L. Orton

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

Submissions from 2018

Dynamic Simulation of Lake Mead Water Levels in Response to Climate Change and Varying Demands, Abhusan Achhami, Ajay Kalra, and Sajjad Ahmad

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

Effects of Soil Data Resolution on the Simulated Stream Flow and Water Quality: Application of Watershed-Based SWAT Model, Ranjit Bhandari, Ranjeet Thakali, Gilles-Arnaud Arif-Deen Kandissounon, Ajay Kalra, and Sajjad Ahmad

Flood Damage Reduction in Urban Areas with Use of Low Impact Development Designs, Swastik Bhandari, Addison Jobe, Balbhadra Thakur, Ajay Kalra, and Sajjad Ahmad


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


Assessment of a Peer Mentoring Program to Build Capacity for Course Development and Delivery, Steven J. Burian, Mercedes Ward, Sajjad Ahmad, David Lawrence Stevenson, Tariq Banuri, Muhammad Aslam Chaudhry, Rasool Bux Mahar, and Jeffery D. Ullman


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

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