The EWRE Laboratory facilities, housed on the main campus and at J.J. Pickle Research Campus, are well-equipped for performing both basic and applied state-of-the-art research in virtually all areas of environmental and water resources engineering.
ECJ - Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Hall
The on-campus laboratories and offices of EWRE cover 20,000 square feet on three floors of Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Hall. Much of the environmental engineering research is conducted on campus in laboratories designed for physical, chemical and biological analyses, and for research on water, wastewater and hazardous waste treatment processes. Facilities include one clean room for metal or particulate analysis, four laboratories with temperature and humidity control for special projects and numerous hoods for the safe handling of hazardous chemicals. The laboratories are equipped with a broad array of modern analytical instruments that can measure virtually any type of pollutant. Some of these instruments are gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, high pressure liquid chromatography with UV-Vis detection, ion chromatography, inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, quantitative polymerase chase reaction, Raman spectroscopy, and brightfield, fluorescence, and laser confocal microscopy. The laboratories are also equipped with Special equipment also may be built in the Civil Engineering machine shop. Additional analytical equipment such as x-ray fluorescence, NMR, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and nuclear activation analysis, is available at user facilities on the main campus.
This Center is located at J.J. Pickle Research Campus approximately 9 miles from the main campus. (The University operates a regular, free shuttle bus between the main campus and the Pickle Research Campus.) CWE is a facility supporting computational and experimental research in water resources. The focal points of the computational research are the application of geographic information systems in water resources, the numerical simulation of pollutants in soil and groundwater systems, and the assembly and synthesis of historical water quantity and quality information. The focal points of the experimental research are scaled laboratory models of water flow in rivers and in piped systems, models of innovative wastewater treatment facilities, and field monitoring of water quality in streams and highway runoff. The CWE Computer Lab consists of high-end desktop workstations connected to a high speed network. Centralized servers support file and print services, data storage, backup, e-mail, and web services. The most recent version of licensed ArcGIS software is installed on all lab machines. The adjacent Hydraulics and Environmental Laboratory contains instrumentation and data acquisition systems necessary to conduct major laboratory and field studies. Permanent features of the 24,000-square-foot facility include a 200-foot outdoor flume with adjustable slope and a 75-foot tilting, glass-walled flume. Other facilities include a model of a meandering river channel to study hydraulics and pollutant transport, a side weir to study diversion of flood flows, a tilting channel to study the hydraulics of street and gutter flows on roadways, and a rectangular open channel which is 130 ft long and 5 ft wide with a flow of 23 cfs.
This Center houses faculty, students and staff associated with the Building Energy and Environments (BEE) group who study air pollution and energy use in the built environment. Five laboratories totalling nearly 6,000 square feet house state-of-the-art instrumentation used for the completion of benchtop, pilot, and field studies. The laboratories contain a wide range of chamber systems for studying chemical emissions from indoor materials and consumer products, and chemical reactions in indoor air and on building materials. A 70-m3 climate controlled chamber is used to study heat transfer across building elements, supply air flow strategies for rooms, large sources of indoor air pollution, human exposure to indoor air pollution, and novel air pollution control technologies. Human exposure studies are facilitated by a family of thermal and breathing manikins that can be oriented in various positions near pollutant sources and defined indoor air flow configurations. A novel climate controlled test system is also used to characterize endocrine disrupting chemicals emitted from indoor materials. A new test hood allows for studies of pollutant emissions from vehicle and other combustion systems, e.g., gas and biomass stoves. A 1,300 square foot, 3 bedroom/2 bath test house (UTest House) is located within walking distance of the labs and is used for scale-up experiments in a functioning home. Recent studies completed through this Center include infant exposures to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in sleep microenvironments, population exposure to particulate matter in urban environments from U.S. neighborhoods to developing-world megacities, new low-cost solutions for indoor air quality in schools, and novel technologies for passive (no energy) removal of indoor air pollution.
Civil Engineering Information Technology Laboratories
CAEE devotes considerable resources to information technology and support. The department has several computer labs for undergraduate and graduate students. These facilities include the following: the Learning Resource Center (LRC) which contains 40 high-end workstations and supports more than 100 computer applications; the Virtual Design Lab (VDL) which is a computer aided design (CAD) lab; and the Studio Classrooms (SC1 and SC2) which consists of two rooms specially equipped for instructional use.
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) designs and operates some of the world's most powerful computing resources. The center's mission is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. University of Texas researchers can apply for computing time with TACC resources.
This Library contains more than 120,000 volumes, subscribes to over 1,800 periodicals, and has over 500,000 technical reports on microfiche. It is conveniently located in Cockrell Hall, and is a state-of-the-art information resource with knowledgeable personnel ready to help you make use of specialized electronic sources and databases.
This Center provides a comprehensive on-campus recruiting and interviewing program to assist students in finding suitable employment upon graduation. ECAC also assists students with resume construction, cover letter writing, and job search preparation and implementation. EWRE faculty members also play an active role in assisting students to find employment through their numerous professional contacts across the country.