Research Projects


Development of an Algal-based Landfill Leachate Treatment Syste

The proposed research will develop an algal-based on-site bioremediation pathway to treat leachate. In addition to the nutrient removal, algal biomass produced from this system can be used for biofuel production, value-added bioproducts, and livestock feed supplements. Successful implementation of the proposed system will reduce the current leachate treatment costs and will provide an avenue for supplemental revenue from the produced algal biomass.

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Implementation of Proactive Traffic Signal Control System at Multiple Intersections at the Greater Houston Area

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This project aims to implement the proactive signal control system proposed in Project 0-6920 to 30 intersections, located in 5 arterial corridors in the Houston Metropolitan

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Identification and Quantification of Economic Benefits of Climate-Informed Adaptation Measures to Reduce Flood Risk Exposure of Water Supply Infrastructures Along the Southeast Texas Coast

Qian Research ProjectDr. Qian's research addresses a critical need to assess the flooding risk of water infrastructures under a changing climate, and to develop plans to retrofit, upgrade or relocate them to lower their risk profile.

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Proactive Traffic Signal Timing and Coordination for Congestion Mitigation on Arterial Roads

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Dr. Wu's project involves a proactive signal control system was developed to maximize the network performance and minimize road congestion in the vicinities of intersections.

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Analysis of Utility Factor of Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles Using Longitudinal GPS Data with Spatial Information

hybrid vehicle average testDr. Wu's project estimated the utility factor (UF) of plug in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), using spatial, longitudinal travel data of 415 vehicles over 3-18 months in the Seattle metropolitan area, and compared the results with those from the existing research based on the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) data.

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Managing Dredge Waste in Navigation Channels

This project evaluated the possibility of stabilization of dredged spoils (DS) in the placement areas along the Sabine-Neches Waterway (SNW) channel. The stabilized dredge spoils may be reutilized as construction material for roadway construction, embankment/dike for flood prevention, and compressed blocks for new buildings, walls, or other purposed.

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Correlation of Texas Cone Penetrometer Test Values and Shear Strength of Texas Soils

In this study, Texas Cone Penetration test data of both field and laboratory tests conducted by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) were collected, compiled, analyzed, and synthesized to create a database. Based on this database, correlation equations between blow-count and shear strength parameters were developed. In the development, the bearing capacity theory for low plasticity clay (CL soil) was adopted. The effectiveness of the new correlations was evaluated by comparing with what is currently being used by TxDOT.

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Assessment of Stormwater Infrastructure for Mitigating Flooding and Non-Point Source Pollution

Dr. Qian’s project is a comprehensive study that would help the communities assess their exposure to flooding risk using up-to-date precipitation frequency estimates, and to determine the most cost-effective measures to implement that will address both the stormwater runoff and downstream water quality issues arising therefrom.

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