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


Submissions from 2023


Spatiotemporal Variability in Total Dissolved Solids and Total Suspended Solids along the Colorado River, Godson Ebenezer Adjovu, Haroon Stephen, and Sajjad Ahmad

Submissions from 2022

Xlogit: An Open-Source Python Package for Gpu-Accelerated Estimation of Mixed Logit Models, Cristian Arteaga, Jee Woong Park, Prithvi Bhat Beeramoole, and Alexander Paz

Management of Change Orders in Infrastructure Transportation Projects, Rayan H. Assaad, Muaz O. Ahmed, Islam H. El-Adaway, and Pramen P. Shrestha


Flow Characteristics through Granular Soil Influenced by Saline Water Intrusion: A Laboratory Investigation, Sudip Basack, Ghritartha Goswami, Hadi Khabbaz, and M Karakouzian

Field Installation Effects of Stone Columns on Load Settlement Characteristics of Reinforced Soft Ground, Sudip Basack, Sanjay Nimbalkar, Moses Karakouzian, Sameer Bharadwaj, Zhenkun Xie, and Nathan Krause

State Transportation Agencies’ Current Practices in Providing Design Information for Design-Build Projects During Procurement, Elizabeth Brogan, Bandana Shrestha, Caroline M. Clevenger, and Pramen P. Shrestha


Lessons Learned during the Early Phases of a Modular Project: A Case Study of UNLV's Solar Decathlon 2020 Project, Jin Ouk Choi, Seungtaek Lee, and Eric Weber

Diversity and Inclusion in the Engineering-Construction Industry, Jin Ouk Choi, Jennifer S. Shane, and Ying Yi Chih

Phytoplankton Community Interactions and Cyanotoxin Mixtures in Three Recurring Surface Blooms Within One Lake, Victoria G. Christensen, Hayley T. Olds, Jack Norland, and Eakalak Khan


Long-Term Wildfire Reconstruction: In Need of Focused and Dedicated Pre-Planning Efforts, William S. Harris, Jin Ouk Choi, Jaewon Lim, and Yong-Cheol Lee

Energy Dissipation Capacity of Cementitious Nanocomposite Reinforced by Hybrid Carbon Nanotubes, Robabeh Jazaei, Moses Karakouzian, Brendan O'Toole, Jaeyun Moon, and Samad Gharehdaghi


Evaluating the Behaviour of Centrally Perforated Unreinforced Masonry Walls: Applications of Numerical Analysis, Machine Learning, and Stochastic Methods, Mohsen Khaleghi, Javid Salimi, Visar Farhangi, Mohammad Javad Moradi, and Moses Karakouzian


Applications of Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) in Enhancing Facility Operation and Management, Ali Khodabandelu and Jee Woong Park


Analysis of a Long Volumetric Module Lift Using Single and Multiple Cranes, Ali Khodabandelu, Jee Woong Park, Jin Ouk Choi, and Mahsa Sanei


An Agent-Based Framework for Investigating Safety-Productivity Tradeoff of Construction Laborers Considering Risk-taking Behavioral Heterogeneity, Ali Khodabandelu, Jee Woong Park, and Seyedmohsen Kheyrandish


Cutting-edge Technologies to Achieve a Higher Level of Modular Construction – Literature Review, Seungtaek Lee, Jin Ouk Choi, and Seung Song


Steel Module-to-Concrete Core Connection Methods in High Rise Modular Buildings: A Critical Review, Bishal Poudel, Seungtaek Lee, and Jin Ouk Choi

Reactivity Characterization of sio2-Coated Nano Zero-Valent Iron for Iodoacetamide Degradation: The Effects of sio2 Thickness, and the Roles of Dehalogenation, Hydrolysis and Adsorption, Chatkrita Ratanaphain, Duangkamon Viboonratanasri, Panida Prompinit, Sita Krajangpan, Eakalak Khan, and Patiparn Punyapalakul

Improved Intrusion Accident Management Using Haptic Signals in Roadway Work Zone, Sayan Sakhakarmi and Jee Woong Park

Cost, Change Order, and Schedule Performance of Highway Projects, Bandana Shrestha, Pramen P. Shrestha, Ruiko Maharjan, and Douglas Gransberg

Framework to Implement Performance-Based Contracting for Chip-Seal Road Maintenance, Kishor Shrestha and Pramen P. Shrestha


The Current State and Future Directions of Industrial Robotic Arms in Modular Construction, Seung Ho Song, Jin Ouk Choi, and Seungtaek Lee

Stoichiometric Carbocatalysis via Epoxide-Like C−S−O Configuration on Sulfur-Doped Biochar for Environmental Remediation, Zhonghao Wan, Zibo Xu, Yuqing Sun, Qiaozhi Zhang, Deyi Hou, Bin Gao, Eakalak Khan, Nigel J.D. Graham, and Daniel C.W. Tsang

Vinasse-Based Biochar Magnetic Composites: Adsorptive Removal of Tetracycline in Aqueous Solutions, Yujia Xiang, Yuzhou Zhou, Bin Yao, Yuqing Sun, Eakalak Khan, Wei Li, Guihua Zeng, Jian Yang, and Yaoyu Zhou

Characterization of Dissolved Organic Carbon and Disinfection By-Products in Biochar Filter Leachate Using Orbitrap Mass Spectrometry, Atcharaporn Youngwilai, Phanwatt Phungsai, Nontipa Supanchaiyamat, Andrew J. Hunt, Yuvarat Ngernyen, Thunyalux Ratpukdi, Eakalak Khan, and Sumana Siripattanakul-Ratpukdi

Enhanced Removal of Ammonium From Water Using Sulfonated Reed Waste Biochar-a Lab-Scale Investigation, Ming Zhang, Ruyi Sun, Ge Song, Lijun Wu, Hui Ye, Liheng Xu, Sanjai J. Parikh, Tuan Nguyen, Eakalak Khan, Meththika Vithanage, and Yong Sik Ok

Submissions from 2021

Iron Turning Waste: Low Cost and Sustainable Permeable Reactive Barrier Media for Remediating Dieldrin, Endrin, DDT and Lindane in Groundwater, Tauqeer Abbas, Tanush Wadhawan, Asad Khan, John McEvoy, and Eakalak Khan

Assessing Spatiotemporal Change in Land Cover and Total Dissolved Solids Concentration Using Remote Sensing Data, Tahir Ali Shaikh, Sajjad Ahmad, and Haroon Stephen

Postharvest Freezing Process Assessment of the Blueberry Structure in Three Acts: Bioimpedance, Color, and Granulometry Analysis, Hubert Arteaga, Eduardo Robleto-Martinez, Ana Carolina de Sousa Silva, Sergio Souto, Jacimaria Batista, and Ernane José Xavier Costa

Carbon-Based Adsorbents for Fluoroquinolone Removal From Water and Wastewater: A Critical Review, Ahmed Ashiq, Meththika Vithanage, Binoy Sarkar, Manish Kumar, Amit Bhatnagar, Eakalak Khan, Yunfei Xi, and Yong Sik Ok


Renewable Energy Generation and GHG Emission Reduction Potential of a Satellitewater Reuse Plant by Using Solar Photovoltaics and Anaerobic Digestion, Jonathan R. Bailey, Saria Bukhary, Jacimaria R. Batista, and Sajjad Ahmad


A Comparative Study on Soil Stabilization Relevant to Transport Infrastructure Using Bagasse Ash and Stone Dust and Cost Effectiveness, Sudip Basack, Ghritartha Goswami, Hadi Khabbaz, Moses Karakouzian, Parinita Baruah, and Niky Kalita


Influence of Saltwater Submergence on Geohydraulic Properties of Sand: A Laboratory Investigation, Sudip Basack, Ghritartha Goswami, Sumanpran Sonowal, and Moses Karakouzian

System Dynamics Approach for Water Resources Systems Analysis, Arya Yaghoubzadeh Bavandpour, Hamed Nozari, and Sajjad Ahmad

Systemic Risk Analyses for Potential Impacts of Onshore Unconventional Oil and Gas Development on Public Health and the Environment: A Critical Review, Christopher T. Bill, Om P. Yadav, and Eakalak Khan


An Experimental Study on Concrete’s Durability and Mechanical Characteristics Subjected to Different Curing Regimes, Edgar L.S. Borrero, Visar Farhangi, Kazem Jadidi, and Moses Karakouzian

Effects of Cathode Coating Materials and Operational Time on the Mercury Removal Performance of Electrokinetic Remediation System for Marine Sediment, Chotikoon Bunditboondee, Jenyuk Lohwacharin, Eakalak Khan, Saifon Kulyakoon, and Kritapas Laohhasurayotin

A Multi-Physics Informed Antenna Sensor Model Through the Deep Neural Network Regression, Chunhee Cho, LeThanh Long, Jee Woong Park, and Sung-Hwan Jang

Exploring the Benefits and Trade-Offs of Design Standardization in Capital Projects, Jin Ouk Choi, Binit Kumar Shrestha, Young Hoon Kwak, and Jennifer Shane

Cyanotoxin Mixture Models: Relating Environmental Variables and Toxin Co-Occurrence to Human Exposure Risk, Victoria G. Christensen, Erin A. Stelzer, Barbara C. Eikenberry, Hayley T. Olds, Jaime F. LeDuc, Ryan P. Maki, Alisha M. Saley, Jack Norland, and Eakalak Khan

Analysis of Suspended Material in Lake Mead Using Remote Sensing Indices, Godson Ebenezer Adjovu, Sajjad Ahmad, and Haroon Stephen

Determining Selenium Speciation by Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, Sahar Ehsani, David James, and Zahra Molaie Oskouie

Spatial and Seasonal Variations of Disinfection Byproduct (DBP) Precursors in Relation With Total Organic Carbon (TOC), Meena Ejjada, Daniel Gerrity, and Erica J. Marti


Behaviour Investigation of Sma-Equipped Bar Hysteretic Dampers Using Machine Learning Techniques, Visar Farhangi, Hashem Jahangir, Danial Rezazadeh Eidgahee, Arash Karimipour, Seyed Alireza Nedaei Javan, Hamed Hasani, Nazanin Fasihihour, and Moses Karakouzian


Real-time PM10 Emission Rates from Paved Roads by Measurement of Concentrations in the Vehicle's Wake Using On-Board Sensors Part 2. Comparison of SCAMPER, TRAKER™, Flux Measurements, and AP-42 Silt Sampling Under Controlled Conditions, Dennis R. Fitz, Kurt Bullimer, Vic Etyemezian, Hampden D. Kuhns, John A. Gillies, George Nikolich, David E. James, Rodney Langston, and Russell S. Merle Jr.

Constructing Spatiotemporal Driving Volatility Profiles for Connected and Automated Vehicles in Existing Highway Networks, Xing Fu, Qifan Nie, Jun Liu, Asad Khattak, Alexander Hainen, and Shashi Nambisan


Application of Ultrasonic Measurements for the Evaluation of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete, Belayhun Gebretsadik, Kazem Jdidirendi, Visar Farhangi, and Moses Karakouzian

Transport Properties of Nano-Silica Contained Self-Consolidating Concrete, Nader Ghafoori, Borhan Moradi, Meysam Najimi, and Ariful Hasnat

Closure to "Multiobjective Optimization of Postdisaster Reconstruction Processes for Ensuring Long-Term Socioeconomic Benefits" by Pedram Ghannad, Yong-Cheol Lee, Carol J. Friedland, Jin Ouk Choi, and Eunhwa Yang, Pedram Ghannad, Yong Cheol Lee, Carol J. Friedland, Jin Ouk Choi, and Eunhwa Yang

Combined Application of 4D BIM Schedule and an Immersive Virtual Reality on a Modular Project: UNLV Solar Decathlon Case, Rajarshi Ghimire, Seungtaek Lee, Jin O. Choi, Jin-Yeol Lee, and Yong-Cheol Lee


Abrasion Resistance of Ultra-High-Performance Concrete for Railway Sleepers, Ariful Hasnat and Nader Ghafoori

Freeze-Thaw Resistance of Nonproprietary Ultrahigh-Performance Concrete, Ariful Hasnat and Nader Ghafoori

Properties of Ultra-High Performance Concrete Using Optimization of Traditional Aggregates and Pozzolans, Ariful Hasnat and Nader Ghafoori

GenX is Not Always a Better Fluorinated Organic Compound Than PFOA: A Critical Review on Aqueous Phase Treatability by Adsorption and Its Associated Cost, Hamed Heidari, Tauqeer Abbas, Yong Sik Ok, Daniel C.W. Tsang, Amit Bhatnagar, and Eakalak Khan

Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Disclosure Policy and Data Analysis: Metrics and Trends in Transparency, Christopher B. Hill, Om P. Yadav, and Eakalak Khan

Biobased Materials as Potential Precursors for Disinfection By-Products in Water, Soklida Hong, Thunyalux Ratpukdi, Andre Delorme, and Eakalak Khan

Biodegradation of Paraquat by Pseudomonas Putida and Bacillus Subtilis Immobilized on Ceramic With Supplemented Wastewater Sludge, Manee Jindakaraked, Eakalak Khan, and Puangrat Kajitvichyanukul

Investigating Organic Nitrogen Production in Activated Sludge Process: Size Fraction and Biodegradability, Ruchi Joshi, Murthy Kasi, Tanush Wadhawan, and Eakalak Khan

Production and Removal of Soluble Organic Nitrogen by Nitrifying Biofilm, Ruchi Joshi, Murthy Kasi, Tanush Wadhawan, and Eakalak Khan

Toxicity of Lanthanide Coagulants Assessed Using Four in Vitro Bioassays, George William Kajjumba, Matias Attene-Ramos, and Erica J. Marti

Application of Cerium and Lanthanum Coagulants in Wastewater Treatment—A Comparative Assessment to Magnesium, Aluminum, and Iron Coagulants, George William Kajjumba, Daniel Fischer, Le Anna Risso, Daniel Koury, and Erica J. Marti


Mechanical Characteristics of Cement Paste in the Presence of Carbon Nanotubes and Silica Oxide Nanoparticles: An Experimental Study, Moses Karakouzian, Visar Farhangi, Marzieh Ramezani Farani, Alireza Joshaghani, Mehdi Zadehmohamad, and Mohammad Ahmadzadeh


Mechanical Characteristics of Cement Paste in the Presence of Carbon Nanotubes and Silica Oxide Nanoparticles: An Experimental Study, Moses Karakouzian, Visar Farhangi, Marzieh R. Farani, Alireza Joshaghani, Mehdi Zadehmohamad, and Mohammad Ahmadzadeh

Application of Artificial Neural Network to Predict Load Bearing Capacity and Stiffness of Perforated Masonry Walls, Mohsen Khaleghi, Javid Salimi, Visar Farhangi, Mohammad J. Moradi, and Moses Karakouzian

Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation in Construction, Ali Khodabandelu and Jee Woong Park

Characteristics of a Small Colony Variant of Pseudomonas putida F1 Emerged From Repetitive Exposure to Nanoscale Zerovalent Iron, Panaya Kotchaplai, Eakalak Khan, and Alisa S. Vangnai


Construction Disputes and Associated Contractual Knowledge Discovery Using Unstructured Text-Heavy Data: Legal Cases in the United Kingdom, JeeHee Lee, Youngjib Ham, and June-Seong Yi

Pathway Analysis of Relationships Among Community Development, Active Travel Behavior, Body Mass Index, and Self-Rated Health, Xiaobing Li, Qinglin Hu, Jun Liu, Shashi Nambisan, Asad J. Khattak, Abhay Lidbe, and Hee Yun Lee

Severity of Emergency Natural Gas Distribution Pipeline Incidents: Application of an Integrated Spatio-Temporal Approach Fused With Text Mining, Xiaobing Li, Praveena Penmetsa, Jun Liu, Alexander Hainen, and Shashi Nambisan

Effects of Axial Restraints on Beam Flexural and Joint Shear Behaviors in Reinforced Concrete Frames under Seismic Loading, Wenwen Luo, Licheng Jiang, Cheng Lei, Liping Wang, Ying Tian, Shijian Yang, and Wei Zhang

Building a Sense of Community for Underclassmen in Civil Engineering and Construction Management, Erica Marti, Eakalak Khan, Amit Gajurel, and Neil C. Tugadi

Photolytic Fate of (E)- and (Z)-Endoxifen in Water and Treated Wastewater Exposed to Sunlight, Marina Ariño Martin, Jayaraman Sivaguru, John McEvoy, Prinpida Sonthiphand, and Eakalak Khan


A Novel Analytical Method for Evaluating the Characteristics of Hydraulic Jump at a Positive Step, Milad Mohammadi, Mohammad Nazari-Sharabian, and Moses Karakouzian

Predicting the Compressive Strength of Concrete Containing Metakaolin With Different Properties Using ANN, M. J. Moradi, M. Khalegi, J. Salimi, Visar Farhangi, and A. M. Ramezanianpour


Effect of Heat Treatment on Microstructure and Hardness of a Worn Rail Repaired Using Laser Powder Deposition, Ershad Mortazavian, Zhiyong Wang, and Hualiang Teng

Finite Element Investigation of Thermal-kinetic-mechanical Evolutions during Laser Powder Deposition as an Innovative Technique for Rail Repair, Ershad Mortazavian, Zhiyong Wang, and Hualiang Teng

Measurement of Residual Stresses in Laser 3d Printed Train Rail Using X-Ray Diffraction Technique, Ershad Mortazavian, Zhiyong Wang, and Hualiang Teng

Nanomaterials for Sustainable Remediation of Chemical Contaminants in Water and Soil, Raj Mukhopadhyay, Binoy Sarkar, Eakalak Khan, Daniel S. Alessi, Jayanta Kumar Biswas, K. M. Manjaiah, Miharu Eguchi, Kevin C.W. Wu, Yusuke Yamauchi, and Yong Sik Ok


Flood Hazard Assessment for the Tori Levee Breach of the Indus River Basin, Pakistan, Babar Naeem, Muhammad Azmat, Hui Tao, Shakil Ahmad, Muhammad Umar Khattak, Sajjad Haider, Sajjad Ahmad, Zarif Khero, and Christopher R. Goodell


Microcystis Sp. Co-Producing Microcystin and Saxitoxin from Songkhla Lake Basin, Thailand, Ampapan Naknaen, Waraporn Ratsameepakai, Oramas Suttinun, Yaowapa Sukpondma, Eakalak Khan, and Rattanaruji Pomwised


A Novel Jumbo Phage PhiMa05 Inhibits Harmful Microcystis sp., Ampapan Naknaen, Oramas Suttinun, Komwit Surachat, Eakalak Khan, and Rattanaruji Pomwised


Wearable Sensing Devices: Towards the Development of a Personalized System for Construction Safety and Health Risk Mitigation, Chukwuma Nnaji, Ibukun Awolusi, JeeWoong Park, and Alex Albert

Relationship Between Commissioning and Start-up Success Factors Achievement and Performance in Capital Projects, James T. O'Connor, Binit K. Shrestha, Matthew Winkler, and Jin Ouk Choi

Effect of Dynamic Load Redistribution in Reinforced Concrete Flat-Plate Structures Under Collapse, Sarah L. Orton, Aamer Jawdhari, and Ying Tian

Application of Gilsonite-Modified Slag as a Subballast Layer with Recommendations for Optimum Content of Gilsonite, Sohrab Pahlevani, Kazem Jadidi, Sayyed Mahdi Abtahi, Sayyed Mahdi Hejazi, and Moses Karakouzian


Cumulative Infiltration and Infiltration Rate Prediction Using Optimized Deep Learning Algorithms: A Study in Western Iran, Mahdi Panahi, Khabat Khosravi, Sajjad Ahmad, Somayeh Panahi, Salim Heddam, Assefa M. Melesse, Ebrahim Omidvar, and Chang Wook Lee

Studying the Intra-Annual Variability in Surface Area and Volume of Salton Sea, California, Using Remote Sensing-Based Water Indices and GIS, Usha Poudel, Sajjad Ahmad, and Haroon Stephen


Evaluating Irrigation Performance and Water Productivity Using EEFlux ET and NDVI, Usha Poudel, Haroon Stephen, and Sajjad Ahmad

A Simple, Effective, and Low-Cost System for Water Monitoring in Remote Areas Using Optical and Conductivity Data Signature, Julia R. Rabello, John M. Gonzáles, Jacimaria R. Batista, Ana C.S. Silva, and Ernane J.X. Costa

Interactions Between Natural Organic Matter Fractions and Nanoscale Zero-Valent Iron, Thunyalux Ratpukdi, Katika Intarasuwan, Panitan Jutaporn, and Eakalak Khan


Predicting the Effect of Fly Ash on Concrete’s Mechanical Properties by Ann, Mohammad Mehdi Roshani, Seyed Hamidreza Kargar, Visar Farhangi, and Moses Karakouzian

Effect of Land Use Change on Summertime Surface Temperature, Albedo, and Evapotranspiration in Las Vegas Valley, Rubab Saher, Haroon Stephen, and Sajjad Ahmad

The Role of Prior Knowledge in the Performance of Engineering Students, Rubab Saher, Haroon Stephen, Jee Woong Park, and Cristian David Arteaga Sanchez

Understanding the Summertime Warming in Canyon and Non-Canyon Surfaces, Ruhab Saher, Haroon Stephen, and Sajjad Ahmad

Tactile-Based Wearable System for Improved Hazard Perception of Worker and Equipment Collision, Sayan Sakhakarmi, Jee Woong Park, and Ashok Singh

Optimization of Carriers and Packaging for Effective Biofertilizers to Enhance Oryza Sativa L. Growth in Paddy Soil, Jakkapan Sakpirom, Tomorn Nunkaew, Eakalak Khan, and Duangporn Kantachote


Evaluation of Fluoride Adsorption Mechanism and Capacity of Different Types of Bone Char, Benyapa Sawangjang, Phacharapol Induvesa, Aunnop Wongrueng, Chayakorn Pumas, Suraphong Wattanachira, Pharkphum Rakruam, Patiparn Punyapalakul, Satoshi Takizawa, and Eakalak Khan


Laboratory Evaluation of Geogrid-Reinforced Flexible Pavements, Mohammad Reza Sharbaf and Nader Ghafoori

Assessing the Relationship Between the Growth of Population and Crop Area With Depletion of Groundwater in Lower Bari Doab Canal, Binita Shrestha, Sajjad Ahmad, and Haroon Stephen

Fusion of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 Data in Mapping the Impervious Surfaces at City Scale, Binita Shrestha, Sajjad Ahmad, and Haroon Stephen