Civil Engineering Faculty Research
Dr. Srinivas Allena is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Washington State University Tri-Cities. Dr. Allena’s research interests are in the area of concrete materials, including high performance and ultra-high performance concrete. He is interested in developing cost-effective and sustainable concretes using locally available materials. He also conducts research on the use of supplementary cementitious materials and reuse/recycling of construction materials in concrete, and concrete durability issues.
Dr. Allena’s teaching interests include: Mechanics of Materials, Structural Analysis, Reinforced Concrete Design and Advancements in Concrete Technology.
Dr. Demissie’s research areas are hydrology and water resource engineering. His main research interest focuses on improving our understanding of surface and subsurface hydrology and their sustainability through innovative use of modeling and experimental data.
Special research topics include development and application of
- inverse modeling, data assimilation, data-mining, and machine-learning techniques to integrate multi-scale observational and experimental data into hydrologic models,
- stochastic modeling and uncertainty analysis to quantify modeling uncertainty stem from various sources,
- integrated hydrology, climate, economic, and social network models to study potential effects of natural and human induced changes and uncertainties on water resources and quality;
- multi-objective optimization tools to assist water and land management decisions.
His teaching interests include
- stochastic and nonlinear hydrology,
- surface and groundwater hydrology,
- risk and uncertainty in water resources,
- water resources engineering,
- Fluid mechanics,
- open channel hydrology.
Prior to joining the Washington State University, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Environmental Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, working on research projects focus on evaluating regional impacts of alternative energy development and climate changes on water availability and quality. He has a PhD in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.S. in Water Resources Engineering and Hydrology from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Alemaya University.