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


Submissions from 2019


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Maintenance Practices for Chloride-Induced Corrosion in Reinforced-Concrete Bridge-Pier Columns, Pramen P. Shrestha and Dinesh Dhakal


Effects of Change Orders on Cost Growth, Schedule Growth, and Construction Intensity of Large Highway Projects, Pramen P. Shrestha and Ruiko Maharjan

Performance of Design-Build and Construction Manager-at-Risk Methods in Water and Wastewater Projects, Pramen P. Shrestha, Ruiko Maharjan, and Jacimaria Batista

Contributing Factors to the Punch-List Problem: A Case Study from a High-Rise Tower Project in Southern Nevada., Pramen P. Shrestha, Adolfo R. Rabasto, and Binit K. Shrestha

Types and Factors Affecting Injury Rates of Mechanical Contractors, Pramen P. Shrestha, Kishor Shrestha, and Eric Becerra

Effect of Change Orders on Cost and Schedule Overruns of School Building Renovation Projects, Pramen P. Shrestha Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE and Haileab Zeleke


Trend Analysis of Las Vegas Land Cover and Temperature Using Remote Sensing, Haroon Stephen

Developing and testing a LED system to improve pedestrian safety in Nevada, Hualiang Teng, Bingyi Hu, and Boniphace Kutela


Risk Assessment of Human Exposure to Ra-226 in Oil Produced Water from the Bakken Shale, Luisa Torres, Om Prakash Yadav, and Eakalak Khan


Seismic Performance of Precast Composite Shear Walls Reinforced by Concrete-filled Steel Tubes, Liwei Wu, Ying Tian, Youpo Su, and Haibin Chen


Load Transfer and Collapse Resistance of RC Flat Plates under Interior Column Removal Scenario, Huizhong Xue, Benoit P. Gilbert, Hong Guan, Xinzheng Lu, Yi Li, Fuhao Ma, and Ying Tian M.ASCE

Adaptive Signal Processing for BLE-based Sensors for Construction Proximity Applications, Xiaoyu Yang, Jee Woong Park, and Yong K. Cho

Performance-Based Optimal Seismic Design of Multi-Story RC Frame Buildings, Chunyu Zhang and Ying Tian

Submissions from 2017


Quantifying pathogen risks associated with potable reuse: A risk assessment case study for Cryptosporidium, E Amoueyan, S Ahmad, J N.S. Eisenberg, B Pecson, and D Gerrity


2D Unsteady Routing and Flood Inundation Mapping for Lower Region of Brazos River Watershed, Manahari Bhandari, Narayan Nyaupane, Shekhar Raj Mote, Ajay Kalra, and Sajjad Ahmad

Analyzing land and water requirements for solar deployment in the Southwestern United States, Saria Bukhary, Sajjad Ahmad, and Jacimaria R. Batista

Evaluating the Feasibility of Photovoltaic-Based Plant for Potable Water Treatment, Saria Bukhary, Jacimaria Batista, and Sajjad Ahmad

Using Distributed Solar for Treatment of Drinking Water in Developing Countries, Saria Bukhary, Jennifer Weidhaas, Kamran Ansari, Rasool Bux Mahar, Christine Pomeroy, James A. VanDerslice, Steve Burian, and Sajjad Ahmad


Higher Education Capacity Building in Water Resources Engineering and Management to Support Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal for Water in Pakistan, Steven J. Burian, Mercedes Ward, Tariq Banuri, M. Aslam Chaudhry, Sajjad Ahmad, Bakhshal Lashari, Rasool Bux Mahar, Davey Stevenson, Jim VanDerslice, Kamran Ansari, Munir Babar, and Abdul Latif Qureshi


A Dynamic Model for Exploring Water-Resource Management Scenarios in an Inland Arid Area: Shanshan County, Northwestern China, Chao Chen, Sajjad Ahmad, and Ajay M. Karla


A Conceptualized Groundwater Flow Model Development for Integration with Surface Hydrology Model, Chao Chen, Ajay Kalra, and Sajjad Ahmad

Automated RSSI-Based Tracking Sensor Deployment Using Electromagnetic Simulation, Chuhnee Cho, Sayan Sakhakarmi, JeeWong Park, and Pramen P. Shrestha


Use of COD, TOC, and Fluorescence Spectroscopy to Estimate BOD in Wastewater, Evelyn Christian, Jacimaria R. Batista, and Daniel Gerrity

TPF-5(238) Design and Fabrication Standards to Eliminate Fracture Critical Concerns in Two-Girder Bridge Systems – Phase 2: Experimental Testing, Robert J. Connor, Ryan J. Sherman, and William N. Collins