civil engineering full time faculty


Edmund Yuen, PhD, P.E.
Associate Professor, Department Chair

Dr. Edmund YuenDr. Edmund Yuen received his Ph.D. from the University of Windsor, Ontario. His expertise encompasses both Water Resources Engineering and Environmental Engineering. In addition to 25 years in the academia, he also has 11 years of engineering consulting experience with Chrysler on a diverse range of projects in stamping facilities and assembly plants located in Michigan and Canada. A short list of his Chrysler projects includes air exhaust ventilation holes evaluation in production draw dies, paint booth control and air stack odor abatement, mid-frequency direct current (MFDC) resistance spot welding and weld lobe development for advanced high strength steel and aluminum. He is also the primary Chrysler lead in designing and developing high payload robot riser anchoring standards for Nachi, Kuka, Fanuc, and ABB robots. He was a recipient of the 2007 Chrysler Environmental Leadership Award as a top ten finalists among 130 competing teams from its corporate wide facilties around the world.

  Nishantha Bandara, PhD, P.E.
Assistant Professor

bandara-sm-1.jpgDr. Bandara received his PhD from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. His specialization is in Transportation Engineering with an emphasis in pavement evaluation, analysis and design, pavement management, highway safety and highway materials. His research interests include highway construction quality measurement, pavement condition monitoring, pavement analysis/ design and highway infrastructure related safety improvements.  Dr. Bandara is an active member of TRB Committee AFD80 “Strength and Deformation Characteristics of Pavement Sections”.

  Donald D. Carpenter, PhD, P.E., LEED AP
Director of University Assessment
Director of Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute

Dr. Donald CarpenterDonald D. Carpenter, PhD, PE, LEED AP is Professor of Civil Engineering where he teaches courses on ethics/professionalism and water resources.  Dr. Carpenter received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2001.  He is an accredited green design professional (LEED AP) and practicing professional engineer (PE) whose expertise and research interests include engineering ethics, entrepreneurial engineering, Low Impact Development (LID), innovative stormwater best management practices (BMPs), hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, and field data collection for performance monitoring. 
  Nabil F. Grace, PhD, P.E.
Dean, College of Engineering
University Distinguished Professor and
Director, Center for Innovative Materials Research
College of Engineering

Nabil GraceDr. Grace received his Ph.D. from the University of Windsor, Ontario. His specialization is Structural Engineering. Dr. Grace is the Director of the Structural Testing Center at Lawrence Tech University. This facility is primarily devoted to the investigation of the use of composite materials in concrete structural applications. His research interests include application of carbon fiber composites to structural engineering, assessment of dynamic behavior of composite automobile components, environmentally dependent behavior of composites, and infrastructure rehabilitation using composite materials. His research activities have been implemented in the design and construction documents of the first CFRP prestressed bridge in the USA.
  Hiroshan Hettiarachchi, PhD, P.E.
Associate Professor

Dr. Hiroshan HettiarachchiDr. Hettiarachchi received his PhD from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), a master’s in geotechnical engineering from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. His specialization is geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering. His research interests include settlement mechanics of landfills, geotechnical aspects of solid waste management, soil mechanics, rock mechanics, and foundation engineering.

  Elin Jensen, PhD
Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
College of Engineering

Elin-Jenson.pngDr. Jensen received her Ph.D from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.  Her specialization is Material and Structural Engineering.  Research interests include construction and highway materials with special emphasis on Portland Cement Concrete, highway analysis and design, and distress development of concrete pavements as affected by environmental and mechanical lading.  Her research work is based on experimental and finite element methods.  Dr. Jensen is an active member of the ACI Committee on Fatigue of Concrete, ISCP (International Society for Concrete Pavements), ASCE, and SWE.
  Keith Kowalkowski, PhD, P.E., S.E.
Assistant Professor and Director of Civil Engineering Graduate Programs.

Dr. Keith Kowalkowski

Dr. Kowalkowski received his Ph.D in Structural Engineering from Purdue University and his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University. His specialization is in structural engineering with an emphasis in steel design, analysis, fire design, and finite element applications. Current research is primarily in fire testing in regards to flammability, smoke, and toxicity properties of materials as well as structural performance. He is currently responsible for directing and building the Fire Testing Facility at Lawrence Tech. Other research interests include blast, seismic, erection engineering, heat-straightening, and steel connection design. Dr. Kowalkowski is a member of ASCE, AISC, PCI, SEAMi, and SAMPE.

   Luis A. Mata, PhD
Assistant Professor

Luis Mata102Dr. Mata received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at North Carolina State University, a Master in Science in construction engineering and management from North Carolina State University, and a bachelor in Civil Engineering from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela. His specializations are construction engineering and management, and construction materials. His research interests include self-consolidating concrete, pervious concrete pavement systems and sustainability in construction practices. Dr. Mata is a member of ACI Committee and ASCE.
  John V. Tocco, J. D.
Assistant Professor
John ToccoProfessor Tocco earned his law degree at Michigan State University and his B.S. in Construction Engineering at Lawrence Technological University.  His specialties include project management, construction law and alternative dispute resolution.  Professor Tocco is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Design-Build Institute of America.