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Erez Allouche, Ph.D., P.E.

    Dr. Erez Allouche is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Louisiana Tech University, Director of the Trenchless Technology Center and a licensed professional. His work focuses on the development of new technologies and materials for underground construction. He is the inventor (or co-inventor) of fourteen (14) patents in the areas of buried infrastructure and alternative cementitious binders, and the author of more than two hundred publications in these areas. Dr. Allouche served as the principal/co-investigator on 90 research projects funded by federal and state agencies and private corporations, totaling over $11 M. He is the Associate Editor of the recently launched ASCE Journal of Pipeline Systems, and served as a reviewer for numerous technical journals, technical conferences and grant awarding agencies.

    Dr. Allouche has a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. degrees in civil engineering from Queen's University and a PhD from the University of Alberta . He is a licensed professional engineer registered at the Province of Alberta , Canada .

Office: Engineering Annex 201    Phone: (318) 257-2852     Fax: (318) 257-2777    E-Mail:

Carlos Montes, Ph.D.

    Carlos Montes completed his Ph.D., at Louisiana Tech University on the topic of the development of a geopolymer-based coating for the rehabilitation of buried infrastructure. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Alternative Cementitious Binder Laboratory of Louisiana Tech University. His research is mainly focused on workability and rheological characteristics of fly ash geopolymer, as well as on fire and corrosion resistance applications of these materials. 
    He completed his M.S., studies in Materials Science at the CIMAV research center of Chihuahua, Mexico. He has two years research experience in geopolymer cement in Chihuahua's GCC cement company, during which he directed one bachelor thesis on fly-ash geopolymer cement manufacture and one M.S. thesis on the manufacture of calcium sulfoaluminate cement. Dr. Montes served as an adjunct instructor at CIMAV teaching courses relating advanced ceramics and cement chemistry and also at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara as Professor in Civil Engineering. He was in charge of the quality system implementation and certification of GCC's R&D center in Chihuahua, Mexico.

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Kunal Kupwade-Patil, Ph.D.

    Dr. Kunal Kupwade-Patil is a Research Assistant Professor at Alternative Cementitious Binders Laboratory, Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. His postdoctoral research focuses on durability evaluation of fly ash based geopolymer concrete (GPC). His Ph.D. thesis work focused on the application of nanotechnology and applied electrokinetics for corrosion mitigation in reinforced concrete structures. He has received the ASCE outstanding paper award at the second international conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies, Ancona, Italy. He has been involved in collaborative research projects with the Corrosion Technology Laboratory at Kennedy Space Research Center, NASA, Entergy, Cleco, Heidelberg Cements, Lehigh Hanson and Structural Preservation Systems.     WEB PAGE

Office: 243 Bogard Hall    Phone: (318) 243-7898     Fax: (318) 257-2777    E-Mail:

Sven Eklund, Ph.D.

    Dr. Sven Eklund is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana Tech University. He is involved in collaborative efforts at the Trenchless Technology Center in the chemical and spectroscopic characterization of fly ash, geopolymers, and other cementitious materials. He is also involved in collaborative research in the treatment and repair of concrete by electrokinetic nanoparticles and polymers with the Corrosion Technology Lab at the Kennedy Space Research Center. He is co-author on several papers related to this research, including a recent ASCE outstanding paper at the second international conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies, Ancona, Italy.

   Dr. Eklund has a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with expertise in the areas of electrochemistry and spectroscopy. He teaches the Analytical and Instrumental Analysis Chemistry Courses at Louisiana Tech.

Office: Carson-Taylor Hall 331    Phone: (318) 257-4214    Fax: (318) 257-3823     E-Mail:

Alan Ainsworth. Senior Undergrad Student


Current Project: Trowable fire resistant geopolymer.

Research Info: Alan Ainsworth is an senior undergrad student of Civil Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. He has worked during several summers internships for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. His current research project involves the development of several geopolymer coating formulations for fire and corrosion resistance applications.

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Current Project: Freeze-thaw resistance behavior of air-entrained Geopolymer concrete.

Research Info: SHI JIAO completed his B.S. degree on environmental engineering department at Jilin Institute of Engineering and Architecture in Chang chun, China. He has two years working experience in Dalian Port Real Estate Corporation, and he was one of the representatives at the building site. In 2009, he came to Louisiana Tech University and started his M.S. in Civil engineering.

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Dewan Zayid Hossain, B.S


Current Project: Analysis of the chemical resistance of Geopolymer Concrete.

Research Info: Dewan Zayid Hossain, completed his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in October, 2009 with Civil Engineering major from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh. His current research focuses on the study of the behavior of geopolymer cement under the action of different organic and inorganic chemicals to predict its durability under real service conditions.

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Di Zang, Masters Candidate


Current Project: Chemical Analysis on Different Super-plasticizers.

Research Info:   Di Zang completed his B.S., studies in Chemical Engineering in the College of Chemical Technology of Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China. He has one year research experience in geo-polymer concrete in the Trench-less Technology Center of Louisiana Tech University, during which he will direct his thesis on fly-ash geo-polymer concrete adding different super-plasticizer and he will research on their performances.

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Zhongjing Huang, B.S


Current Project: Evaluation of the setting time and rheological characteristics of geopolymer cement under the action of retarder additives.

Research Info:   Zhongjing Huang completed her Bachelor in Material Science and Engineering , at the JiLin University , Changchun, China. She completed her M.S. degree in Materials Science at the JiLin University. Her current research is focused on the study of the behavior of geopolymer paste and mortar under the action of chemical additives currently used to as set retarders for Portland cement concrete.

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Rashedul Islam, Ph.D candidate


Current Project: Durability, workability studies, and long term strength properties of Geopolymer concrete with finite element modeling to simulate the stress-strain condition to observe the performance in service life.

Research Info:   Rashedul Islam completed his B.S. degree on Civil Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka. His research focuses on the application of geopolymer concrete in Civil Enginnering construction. His current work is related to characterizing fly ash for its chemical composition to predict the strength parameter. 

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Current Project: Impact of Carbonation in geopolymer reinforced concrete.
                     The effect of different fly ashes at elevated temperature.

Research Info: Sufian Badar completed his B. S. in Agriculture Science from RAU, Pusa, India, 1995. He worked as an Agriculture Engineer in Ministry of Defense and Aviation [M.O.D.A], Riyadh, Saudi Arabia since March 1996 to Jan 2002. His job was to install the controller and to maintain the existing program of sprinkler irrigation system.   He completed M.S. in Bioinformatics from J.M.I, New Delhi, India, 2005 and had been teaching in different universities. His current research project involves an accelerated carbonation testing of geopolymer and OPC specimens under controlled and natural conditions to evaluate the degree of deterioration of the steel reinforcement bars. Future projects will involve the study of biogenic corrosion of geopolymer concrete pipes.

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Milap Dhakal B.S


Current Project: Application of geopolymer concrete in the fabrication of bridge barriers.

Research Info: Milap Dhakal obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, with specialty in Structural Engineering. Currently he is pursuing his M.S. in Civil Engineering focusing on large scale applications of geopolymer concrete.

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Krithika Maddineni B.S


Current Project: Electrically conductive geopolymer cement panels for Electromagnetic interference shielding and static electricity discharge applications.

Research Info: Krithika Maddineni obtained her B.S. in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, India, 2009. She worked as a plant engineer in Dalmia cement bharath limited, Noida, India since May 2009 to August 2010. Her job was to maintain and troubleshoot existing plant DCS apart from managing the ROBO lab. Currently she is pursuing her M.S in Electrical Engineering with more than one year research experience on testing electrical properties of the geopolymer concrete in Trench-less Technology Center of Louisiana Tech University.

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