Sustainable Engineering Research Laboratory (SERL)
Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory (GAGEL)



    Regular Semester Courses

    Geotechnical Engineering Courses:

    CME315 Soil Mechanics and Laboratory
    4 hours. Soil formation, phase relationships, index properties and soil classification, soil composition, soil compaction, water in soils, stresses in soils, consolidation, shear strength, soils laboratory.
    Prerequisite(s): CME 203 and CME 211.

    CME405 Foundation Analysis and Design
    3 TO 4 hours. Site characterization; analysis and design of shallow foundations, deep foundations and earth retaining structures; foundations on difficult soils; effects of construction; instrumentation and monitoring.
    3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CME 315.

    CME407 Soil and Site Improvement Methods
    3 OR 4 hours. Compaction, preloading, vertical drains, grouting, admixture stabilization, thermal stabilization, soil reinforcement, geosynthetics; construction of embankments on soft clay, embankments on mechanically stabilized earth walls, hydraulic barriers; case studies.
    3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CME 315.

    CME505 Advanced Soil Mechanics
    4 hours. Soil structure, stresses in soil mass, fluid flow, consolidation, drained and undrained shear strength, stressstrain relations, laboratory determination of strength and compressibility of soils.
    Prerequisite(s): CME 315.

    CME515 Embankments and Earth Structures
    4 hours. Shear strength and consolidation of soils, slope stability analysis, embankments and earth dams, sheet pile walls, braced and tied back walls, slurry walls, tunnel supports.
    Prerequisite(s): CME 315.


    Geoenvironmental Engineering Courses:

    CME415 Environmental Geotechnology
    3 OR 4 hours. Environmental laws and regulations, sources and types of waste materials, waste materials in geotechnical engineering applications, geotechnical management of municipal, industrial, mine and nuclear wastes.
    3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CME 315.

    CME425 Environmental Remediation Engineering
    3 OR 4 hours. Sources of contamination, regulations, site characterization, impact assessment, waste disposal and containment options, waste treatment options, case studies.
    3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CME 315.

    CME516 Design of Landfills and Impoundments
    4 hours. Regulatory overview, site selection, waste characterization, design and construction of landfill and impoundment components, operations, performance monitoring, closure plans, long-term impacts and monitoring, economic analysis.
    Prerequisite(s): CME 315.

    CME549 Subsurface Flow and Contaminant Transport Modeling
    4 hours. Definitions, basic principles, fluid flow in vadose zone, groundwater flow, contaminant transport in vadose zone, contaminant transport in groundwater, numerical models and field implementation, case studies.
    Prerequisite(s): CME 415 or consent of the instructor.

    CME594 Computer Methods in Geoenvironmental Engineering
    4 hours. Geoenvironmental problems and role of modeling, analytical versus numerical models, finite difference versus finite element methods, general modeling methodology, input requirements and uncertainties, water balance/seepage analysis, settlement & slope stability analyses, flow and contaminant transport modeling, applications to analysis and design of landfill systems, impoundment liners, sub-aqueous sediments caps, soil & groundwater contamination assessment and remediation.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

    CME594 Sustainable Engineering
    4 hours. Definitions and basic principles/concepts; global climate change and implications on environmental & resources; societal and economic responsibilities; public and private sustainability initiatives & partnerships; sustainable design goals/elements; sustainability metrics & assessment tools; integrated life cycle analysis; carbon sequestration; green and sustainable remediation; waste prevention; green materials; energy efficiency and renewable energy; water conservation & recycling; natural resource conservation; green civil infrastructure/building technologies; challenges of sustainable development, case studies
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

    Professional Short Courses

    1-Day Short Course

    Instructor and Contact Information:
    Krishna R. Reddy, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, 842 West Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607, USA, e-mail:

    Objectives and Content of the Course:
    Large amounts of wastes are created that require disposal despite the best waste management practices such as pollution prevention and recycling. Proper disposal of these wastes in engineered landfills is crucial to protect public health and the environment. The objective of this course is to provide the essential knowledge required for the siting, design, construction and monitoring of landfills. Both fundamental and practical aspects are presented with examples and case studies. The following topics are covered in this course:

    • Sources and characteristics of wastes: Sources of wastes, classification of wastes, waste characterization, environmental concerns, management strategies, engineered waste disposal facilities
    • Landfill regulations, siting, and configurations: Regulations, siting methodology, landfill configurations, slope stability
    • Waste containment liner systems: Low-permeability soil liners, geomembrane liners, geotextiles, geosynthetic clay liners, geonets and geocomposite drains, geogrids, interface strengths among various liner components, quality assurance, leakage analysis, performance assessment
    • Leachate collection and removal systems and liner design: Design criteria, leachate quantity estimation, HELP analysis, leachate collection pipes, drainage layer, leachate management, containment system liner design (material stresses, anchor trench design, puncture resistance)
    • Final cover systems: Purpose and design criteria, regulatory minimum requirements, alternative final covers, design procedure including infiltration analysis, cover geomembrane analysis and cover slope stability
    • Gas generation and management: Gas generation mechanisms, gas characteristics, gas production rates, gas migration, gas collection systems, gas flaring and energy recovery
    • Groundwater monitoring: Regulatory requirements, groundwater monitoring systems, detection and assessment monitoring programs, corrective action program
    • Bioreactor landfills: Definitions, advantages and disadvantages, regulatory issues, bioreactor design, operations and maintenance, research issues, case studies
    • End uses of closed landfills: Various end uses, design considerations, case studies

    Who will Benefit?

    • Geotechnical faculty and students
    • Civil and environmental engineers
    • Geologists and hydrogeologists
    • Landfill designers
    • Owners and operators
    • Planners and regulators


    8:00-8:30 Sources and characteristics of wastes:
    8:30-9:00 Landfill regulations, siting, and configurations
    9:00-10:00 Waste containment liner systems
    10:00-10:15 Tea/Coffee Break
    10:15-11:15 Waste containment liner systems (continuation)
    11:15-12:15 Leachate collection and removal systems and liner design
    12:15-1:00 Lunch Break
    1:00-2:00 Final cover systems
    2:00-2:30 Gas generation and management
    2:30-3:00 Groundwater monitoring
    3:00-3:15 Tea/Coffee Break
    3:15-3:45 Bioreactor landfills
    3:45-4:15 End uses of closed landfills
    4:15-4:30 Wrap-up

    Brief Biography of the Instructor:
    Dr. Krishna Reddy is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC). He is also the Director of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory at this university. Dr. Reddy received his Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He received gold medals for being first in his class of B.S. (Civil) in Osmania University and M.S. (Civil) in Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. Dr. Reddy is a professional engineer in the State of Illinois and he worked as civil engineer and project manager in consulting engineering companies for several years and involved in several major projects dealing with landfills, contaminated sites, and groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling. Dr. Reddy teaches various geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Reddy has developed and taught several geoenvironmental engineering courses including Environmental Geotechnology, Environmental Remediation Engineering, and Design of Landfills and Impoundments. Dr. Reddy's research expertise includes remediation of contaminated sites, waste containment systems, and waste material characterization and reuse. Dr. Reddy's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Gas Research Institute, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Commerce and Community Opportunities, and several private industries and consulting firms. Dr. Reddy has published over 150 technical papers on various topics in geoenvironmental engineering. He is also the co-author of the book "Geoenvironmental Engineering: Site Remediation, Waste Containment and Emerging Waste Management Technologies" published by John Wiley. Dr. Reddy is a member of ASCE, NGWA and other professional organizations. He is an active member of the ASCE Geoenvironmental Engineering Committee. Dr. Reddy is the North America Editor of the Land Contamination & Reclamation journal, and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Soil and Sediment Contamination, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, and Geotechnical Testing Journal. Dr. Reddy has been invited as keynote speaker at several international workshops and conferences. He has received several awards and honors for excellence in teaching, research, and professional service.