Meet Our Faculty

“The engineering program is amazing. They have exactly the right mix of full-time professors and adjunct professors who tell you what it’s like in the real world.”

— Ingrid Davis-Colato, BS Civil and Infrastructure Engineering ’16, MS Civil and Infrastructure Engineering ’19

Civil Engineering Faculty

  • Associate Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Flood hazards engineering and resilience
  • Professor and Chair, Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Sam Salem is the chair of Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University. Salem has more than twenty (28) years of professional and academic experience in construction engineering, project management, infrastructure asset management and sustainable development. He is a registered professional engineer, certified professional constructor, and LEED accredited professional.
  • Burak Tanyu

    Associate Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Burak F. Tanyu joined the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering in the Volgenau School at George Mason University in 2011 specializing in geotechnical engineering. Prior to joining George Mason, Tanyu was a senior engineer at Geosyntec Consultants where he worked on landslide forensic analyzes, earth retention system designs, design and permitting of residual waste landfills, and seep investigation and embankment stability. He has been a National Highway Institute certified instructor, teaching the design of earth retaining structures since 2008.
  • Kuo Tian

    Assistant Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Kuo Tian holds a BE degree in civil engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and MS and PhD degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Before joining the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering as an assistant professor of geotechnical engineering, he served as a research scientist and lecturer at the University of Virginia.
  • Associate Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Girum Urgessa is a tenured associate professor in the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering (CEIE) at George Mason University. He received his MS (2002) and PhD (2006) from the University of New Mexico, and his BS (2000) from Addis Ababa University. Before coming to Mason, he was a research engineer in the Applied Science Division of Weidlinger Associates (now Thornton Tomasetti) and a structural engineer at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini.
  • Mohan Venigalia

    Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Mohan Venigalla specializes in transportation systems analysis and planning with an emphasis on sustainable transportation. His early career (for 12 years) was primarily in engineering consulting and research. He has been engaged in his present teaching and academic research career since 2000.
  • Associate Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Shanjiang Zhu is an associate professor of transportation planning and engineering at George Mason University. He graduated from Tsinghua University with a bachelor's degree in 2003 and a master's degree in 2005. During 2001-2003, he studied at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, in France, as a dual-degree student. He obtained his PhD at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2010 and worked two years as a research scientist at the University of Maryland before joining Mason Engineering.