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Engineering | Undergraduate Research

Bio-based technology to provide sustainable solutions in geotechnical engineering

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The NSF funded Engineering Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) focuses on ecologically friendly, cost-effective solutions, inspired by nature, for development and rehabilitation of resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. It serves as a nexus for two transformative trends in engineering: biologically-based design and sustainability.

Within CBBG I am involved in several projects with opportunities for undergraduate students with an interest in geotechnical engineering, biogeochemistry, environmental biotechnology, groundwater flow and reactive transport modeling, large scale experimental facilities and work in a team with graduate students on one of the following topics:
– Mitigating earthquake-induced liquefaction by stimulating indigenous denitrifying microbes
– Mangrove-inspired solutions to mitigate scour and erosion at submerged foundations systems.
– Reducing permeability and seepage in water-retaining structures by stimulating in situ iron precipitation.

Student work may involve experimental work in microbiology or geotechnical engineering, it may involve large experimental facilities, fieldwork or theoretical work, which involves numerical modelling. 10 hours/week.

Please send resume, research goals, and interests to: leon.vanpaassen@asu.edu

https://cbbg.engineering.asu.edu/

 

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