Our group conducts research on sustainable, durable construction materials, their application to structures and construction, and their impact on wellbeing when incorporated into building design. In the area of materials we are exploring damage-tolerant, high-performance fiber-reinforced cementitious composite materials, bio-based fiber-reinforced polymeric composites and insulating foams that have a closed loop life-cycle, and a variety of cement-based composites incorporating waste materials to enhance thermal and acoustic insulation as well as support plant growth. In the area of building design we are studying the long-term impact of architectural design, materials, and artifacts in buildings on human well-being (including stress, physical activity, creativity, sense of belonging and environmental behavior). Additional research includes performance-based durability engineering with emphasis on predicting scour of bridge substructures. 

Recent News

Nov 24, 2019 Sarah gave an invited Seminar at MIT for the Building Technology Program in the Department of Architecture, hosted by Prof. Caitlin Mueller (MS Stanford 2008).  

Nov 1, 2019 Sarah gave a keynote lecture on the Design of Buildings for Wellbeing at the U. Michigan Symposium From Lab to Site: Innovation in Concrete hosted by the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning.

Sept. 19, 2019 Sarah had the honor of leading a discussion with authors Tommy Orange and Cary McLelland on stage during New Student Orientation as part of the Three Books program.

June 24, 2019 We welcome two awesome undergraduate interns, Anthony Villalobos and Katie Tich to our group this summer!

June 3-5, 2019 Yi attended the Second International Interactive Symposium on UHPC in Albany, NY where he presented his paper  "Utilizing Full UHPC Compressive Strength in Steel Reinforced UHPC Beams." He also accepted the First Place Paper Award for this paper - Congratulations, Yi!

April 29, 2019  Sarah gave a seminar to the Materials group in Civil & Envrionmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Feb 19, 2019 Meg attended a workshop titled "Thriving Communities: Health & Wellness in the Built Environment" hosted in San Francisco by the International Living Future Institute.