Flood mitigation, health impact, water resources, water supply and demand, hydrology, environmental health, wastewater, hydrometeorology

Water Research in the College of Engineering

Research Highlights

Urban Water Institute

The Urban Water Institute is working to transform water-related challenges into opportunities for North Texas. It brings together interdisciplinary educators, researchers, agencies, industries and regulators to innovate and educate in multidisciplinary strategies and sustainable solutions for water and energy and help build public-private partnerships to address pressing needs associated with urban water issues.

Fang Research Group

The Fang Research Group works on floodplain studies, hydrologic/hydraulic modeling, water treatment, hydrodynamic simulation, storm water management modeling, and water quality assessment for a number of watersheds and areas in Texas, Florida, Connecticut, California, and Louisiana, as well as hydrologic/hydraulic analysis for flood prediction and warning in real-time mode.

Hydrology and Water Resources Lab

The Hydrology and Water Resources Lab focuses on integrative hydrologic prediction and water resources information research for sustainable and resilient management and planning of water resources and hazards.

Smits Research Group

The Smits Research Group believes that solutions to food, water and energy issues must be informed by scientific understanding and community values. The team develops and implements novel science and engineering solutions to best understand water, food and energy issues and engages with diverse stakeholders to include local communities, policy makers and industry in productive discussions about sustainable solutions.


Advanced Materials and Structures Lab

AMSL has unique imaging capabilities for advanced material characterization and structural and microstructural diagnostics, including one-of-a-kind microfocus X-ray computed tomography facilities for large structures and in-situ mechanical testing; versatile state-of-the-art digital image correlation facilities ranging from high-resolution to ultra-high-speed; and state-of-the-art in-situ scanning electron microscopy micro/nanomechanical testing facilities. AMSL also has advanced material testing systems for static, fatigue, and impact loads, thermal analysis and rheology; and manufacturing facilities.

Aerodynamics Research Center

The Aerodynamics Research Center is home to the nation’s only university-based arc-heated, hypersonic wind tunnel, which also features a femtosecond laser system. The facility also boasts low-speed, transonic and supersonic wind tunnels and a hypersonic shock tunnel.

Center for Renewable Energy and Science

CREST serves as a center of excellence in energy research and development in Texas. The technologies and intellectual properties that will accrue from this major initiative address important national energy needs and will promote local and regional economic development by spawning spin-off companies and technology licensing.

Institute of Predictive Performance Methodology

IPPM offers education, research and development experience in simulation, design, and manufacturing of composite materials, sensors and other bioengineering devices, nanomaterial design and fabrication, characterization of material properties and performance under mechanical (including high rate loading), thermal, and electrical/dielectrical applied environments.

Pulsed Power and Energy Lab

The Pulsed Power and Energy Lab studies pulsed power sources and loads, high voltage dielectric breakdown, electrochemical energy storage, mechanical energy storage, electric power delivery systems, microgrids, and power electronics. The lab is ITAR compliant and is flexible in its ability to work with federal and industrial partners.

Center for Advanced Construction Materials (ACM)

ACM is a state-of-the-art interdisciplinary, civil engineering and materials science University Center of Excellence for developing, characterizing, and testing innovative and smart materials for infrastructure.

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