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Research

Tufts Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering conducts research in four main areas:

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering



Research in this area focuses on environmental science, as well as engineering and management aspects of water resources. Faculty conduct research in and teach classes on: environmental/water quality engineering; environmental hydrology and hydraulics; data analysis; environmental field measurements; land-use planning; geomorphology; hydrogeology; systems engineering; environmental economics; and water resources management.
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Environmental Health
 



Research stresses an interdisciplinary approach to current and classical environmental health problems as they manifest themselves in society. Students study environmental pollutants, toxicology, the epidemiological aspects of infectious and chronic diseases, the use of biostatistics in the description of the distribution of disease, the effects of occupational exposures, and the applications of these context areas in the practice of environmental risk management.
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Geosystems Engineering



Research in Geosystems Engineering at Tufts combines experimental, theoretical, and observational methods across topics in geohazards, geoenvironmental and energy sytems, and geomechanics. Faculty conduct research and teach classes in: traditional geotechnical engineering, geohazards engineering with a focus on seismic hazard, the physics of geosystems, and geosystems related to energy.
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Structural Engineering and Mechanics



Structural engineering research involves multidisciplinary approaches to the planning, analysis, design, construction, and health monitoring of buildings, bridges, industrial facilities, and other components of infrastructure. Mechanics of materials focuses on experimental characterization, constitutive theories and numerical simulations of elastic and inelastic material behavior. The educational program challenges students to master fundamental concepts of mechanics, mathematics, analysis, design, and computational methods.
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