Coastal and Environmental Engineering

Coastal and Environmental Engineering Sciences

The Coastal and Environmental Engineering neighborhood is home to experts in hydrology, coastal dynamics, microbiology, environmental engineering, ocean engineering, civil infrastructure, structural engineering, transportation engineering and more. We’re elucidating the effects of climate change on the natural and built environments along coastlines.


Sustainable concrete

Sustainable concrete

UD engineers create sidewalk pavers using non-recyclable plastics, reducing natural resource usage while keeping plastic waste out of landfills.

Explainable AI

Explainable AI

UD researchers leverage trustworthy AI to improve seafloor data intelligence.


Jack Puleo

Puleo, professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, studies sediment transport in nearshore environments, remote sensing of coastal and riverine processes, object motion on beaches, beach safety and more.

Julie Maresca

Maresca, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, uses genetics, physiology, and meta-omics techniques to learn more about microbes in natural and engineered environments: how they use light, how they obtain nutrients, and what they are doing in the sometimes-strange places where we find them.

Monique Head

Head, an associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, studies seismic demands on bridges and using fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite bars as an alternative to steel reinforcement in concrete bridge decks to meet minimum AASHTO loads and deflection criteria. She is Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee AKB50: Seismic Design and Performance of Bridges.


Loop Current

In a lab at the University of Delaware, researchers are unlocking mysteries about ocean currents that could have far-reaching impacts, from boosting economic benefits to even saving lives in the face of a hurricane. The behavior of loop currents, including the Gulf Loop Current, is a longstanding problem in oceanography, and mechanical engineering professor Joseph Kuehl is part of a growing community of scientists determined to solve it.


Center for Applied Coastal Research

The Center for Applied Coastal Research creates and distributes coastal processes knowledge to enhance the welfare of residents near coastlines along Delaware, the United States and beyond. Website

Disaster Research Center

The Disaster Research Center is committed to advancing the state of the art in disaster research and its scientifically guided practice; educating the next generation of disaster science scholars and informed practitioners in the fields of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery; and creating, gathering, and disseminating disaster knowledge in a dynamic and responsive way. Website

Project WICCED (Water in the Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware)

This project aims to assess major threats to Delaware’s water quality and develop viable technological and policy solutions for meeting the challenges imposed by them. Website

Center for Research in Wind

The Center for Research in Wind (CReW) at the University of Delaware fosters interdisciplinary and collaborative scientific research; engages decision makers, industry and civil society and acts as an “honest broker” among them; and enhances the education of the present generation of students with the goal of facilitating the transition to power generation using carbon-free geophysical flows, particularly wind power. Website