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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Centers

Members of the department have led the development of several interdisciplinary research centers including the NSF-sponsored Center for Biological and Environmental Technology, the Brine Chemistry Consortium of oil and gas production and services companies funds pacesetting research on the mechanisms of mineral scale formations. The department is also a leader in the area of flood prediction and radar-based flood alert systems with major funding from the Houston Endowment to the SSPEED Center for severe storm prediction. New initiatives include the next major field sampling and analysis program on air quality in Houston to support development of control strategies for ozone.




Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuations from Disasters (SSPEED) Center

 A collaboration of universities that study severe storm prediction, flooding and long term strategies across the Texas Gulf Coast 


Brine Chemistry


Brine Chemistry Consortium

 a center dedicated to perform research, testing, education and technology transfer on brine chemistry, primarily related to oil and gas production 


Nano Center  


Center for Biological & Environmental Nanotechnology

a place that puts nanos to the test 


Dynamic Systems


Dynamic Systems

Vibrations, Structural Dynamic Systems, Smart Structures and Sensors,Earthquake Engineering, & Offshore Structures 



China Nankai University Partnership for Sustainable Development 

A partnership that promotes environmental remediation and drinking water improvement 


Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT)

A joint effort by Rice university, Arizona State University, University of Texas at El Paso, and Yale University, NEWT is the first national center to develop next-generation water treatment systems enabled by nanotechnology.