Center for Environmental Systems
The Center for Environmental Systems is a leader in developing, evaluating and implementing innovative environmental technologies and dedicated to balancing humankind's needs with the natural world.The Center for Environmental Systems is the epicenter of a research and educational partnership between faculty in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, the Department of Defense, and private enterprise. CES strives to ensure broad and deep research that solves problems spanning engineering, scientific, social, and economic dimensions. The joint programs focus on multiple issues such as developing environmentally-sound ammunitions, organic biodegradable solvents, and novel methods to eliminate metal pollutants. These and many other projects reflect the wide-ranging interests of its professors and students while addressing pressing military and global concerns.
CES Labs Include:
Nicoll Environmental Laboratory
The James C. Nicoll, Jr. Environmental Laboratory (JNEL) is a new, state-of-the-art facility, administered by CES. JNEL provides diversified research services for the development, testing, transfer and implementation of innovative environmental technologies. It has multi-media capabilities for wastewater, liquid waste, solid waste and air studies. Its role is to offer services to industry, government and environmental professional organizations ranging from short duration, highly specialized testing, to long-term applied research studies. JNEL's capabilities cover a broad range including waste stream characterization, process feasibility and waste minimization studies, regulatory acceptance testing for product certification, and environmental compatibility testing of new products.
The Materials/Structures laboratory is equipped for advanced materials testing. Major equipment includes: A universal 400,000 lb. tension testing machine, a computerized data acquisition system, beam loading frame, freeze-thaw testing apparatus, Versa test compression machine, and high-pressure flexible wall permeameters and environmental testing chambers. Current studies include high strength concrete, fiber reinforced concrete, use of byproducts in concrete production, and durability of materials in construction.
Keck Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Laboratory
The Keck Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory is a fully equipped new facility for cutting-edge computer automated geotechnical, as well as environmental, testing of soil and water media. Some of our current studies involve: testing for the environmental and engineering properties of fly ash, incinerator ash, and other industrial waste-by-product materials to evaluate their use in construction applications; evaluate the properties of dredged materials for reuse in transportation projects; treatment and management of hazardous wastes, focusing on heavy metal and petroleum hydrocarbon immobilization in geoenvironments; study of the fate and transport of contaminants in the subsurface; surface enhancement of currently used industrial wastewater filtration media; development of leaching protocols; etc.