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

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.

Oct 14, 2018 Yi presented a talk on "Numerical Simulation of the Failure Paths of Reinforced Strain-Hardening Cementitious Composites," at the Fall ACI Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

August 15-17, 2018 Hai presented a talk on "The role of nanocrystalline cellulose in biobased polymeric films and foams," at the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Bioenvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS) at RPI in Troy, NY.

July 24-26, 2018 Sarah gave a keynote session presentation at the 15th International Symposium on Bioplastics, Biocomposites, and Biorefinery in Guelph, Canada.

July 14, 2018 Sarah's interview for The Future of Everything with Russ Altman aired on SiriusXM. The podcast is called "Buildings for People with guest Sarah Billington" and can be heard here!

July 1, 2018 Sarah and collaborator James Landay (CS) received a Catalyst grant from the School of Engineering for their project titled "Hybrid Physical+Digital Spaces for Enhanced Sustainability and Human Wellbeing". A huge thank you to Kyle Douglas, Belle Douglas, Tess Hegarty and Paula Garza as well as last years summer interns Yusef Ferhani, Naomi Gregorio, and Hadiza Felicien for all of their help and pilot research!