Dr. Alan Hoback community-based research focuses on homelessness, community planning, energy usage, architectural, transit and learnship curriculum.
The focus of our earthquake research is on design for seismic (earthquake) loadings for structures located around the world. Many people around the world don’t have adequate material resources or knowledge about how to design safe buildings.
Environmental research in this lab is in-situ bioremediation of hazardous wastes. This means that pollutants can be degraded in the ground by micro organisms. Much of this research utilizes the Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (Flame AAS) which is used to identify and quantify even minute metal concentrations in different medium. This is specially important when mercury contamination occurs in drinking water.