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Craig H. Benson

Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Dean's Office, School of Eng and Applied Science
Office location and address
Thornton Hall Rm. A125
351 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
BSCE Lehigh University, 1985
​MSE University of Texas at Austin, 1987
​PhD University of Texas at Austin, 1989
Biography

My expertise falls in the discipline referred to as geoenvironmental engineering. This discipline is at the interface of the built and natural environments, and deals with issues in the subsurface or interactions between conditions at the earth’s surface and the subsurface. In most cases, the important objective is to protect soil and ground water or to engineer systems that reduce emissions or save energy. Achieving these objectives requires knowledge of the mechanisms controlling energy and mass transfer in the subsurface and development of creative approaches to control the rate at which energy and/or mass is transferred. These principles are applied to controlling contaminant migration in the unsaturated zone and ground water, managing the movement of heat and water in near-surface soils, and assessing energy usage and emissions associated with geological engineering structures at the interface of the earth’s surface.

My research in geoenvironmental engineering fits in three broad classes: design and assessment of environmental containment systems for municipal, hazardous, and radioactive wastes;  reuse and recycling of industrial byproducts for sustainable construction applications; and sustainability assessment of geological and civil engineering systems. In each of these areas, we emphasize a full range of study from basic theory to practice and address energy and mass transfer issues. Our research includes fundamental laboratory studies, development of computer models, and practical field demonstration of new technologies. In many cases, our research findings are validated at full-scale in operating facilities or infrastructure in collaboration with industry and/or government agencies.  

EN-EngSys Consortium for Risk evaluation with Stakeholder Participation III
Source: Vanderbilt University, The
July 01, 2015 – February 28, 2022
EN-EngSys-Technical Support for SRS Liquid Waste Performance Assessment Revisions
Source: Savannah River Remediation
June 04, 2019 – September 30, 2021
EN-EngSys-Effectiveness of Landfill Liners to Control Transport of PFAS
Source: Environmental Research and Education Foundation
September 01, 2020 – August 25, 2021
EN-DO-Water Balance Analysis and Data Quality Assurance Assessment for Monticello and Grand Junction Disposal Cell Lysimetry
Source: Navarro Research & Engineering
March 01, 2016 – March 31, 2021
Geochemical Assessment of Long-term Leachate Quality and Impacts of Wastewater Management Practices at Coal Combustion Product (CCP) Storage
Source: Vanderbilt University, The
August 01, 2017 – December 31, 2020
Evaluating the Long-Term Performance of the FTF and HTF Closure Caps
Source: Savannah River Remediation
September 25, 2019 – September 30, 2020
Physical and chemical characterization of coal combustion residues (CCR)
Source: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
September 15, 2019 – December 15, 2019
Evaluating the Long-Term Performance of the SDF Closure Cap
Source: Savannah River Remediation
March 20, 2017 – June 30, 2019
Geochemical Assessment of Long-term Leachate Quality and Impacts of Wastewater Management Practices at Coal Combustion Product (CCP) Storage
Source: Vanderbilt University, The
May 21, 2018 – May 20, 2019
EN-DO Understanding and Predicting Temperatures in Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
Source: Environmental Research and Education Foundation
July 01, 2015 – December 31, 2018
PUREX Tunnel Interim Stabilization Options Analysis
Source: Vanderbilt University, The
August 15, 2017 – December 31, 2017
CE 4990: Civil Engineering Research and Design
Credits: 3
Team-based project course focusing on design or research effort with focus in a CEsub-discipline. Involves the study of an open-ended project, including problem formulation, development of methodology, data collection from physical experiments and/or models, analysis and interpretation, and formulation of conclusions/solutions. Requisites: 4th Year Standing Civil Majors and Assignment by CEE dept.
CE 4995: Civil Engineering Research
Credits: 1–4
Study of a civil engineering problem in depth by each student using library, computer, or laboratory facilities. The project is conducted in close consultation with departmental faculty and involves survey, analysis, or project development. Progress reports and a comprehensive written report are required. May be repeated if necessary. Prerequisite: Contact individual professor for Instructor Permission.
CE 6993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member. Master's-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 6995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Master's-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 7993: Independent Research in CE
Credits: 1–12
Detailed independent study of graduate course material under the guidance of a faculty member. Doctoral-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 7995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Doctoral-level graduate student. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
CE 8999: Thesis
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission

National Academy of Engineering

Ralph B. Peck Award, American Society of Civil Engineers

Croes Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers

Alfred P. Noble Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers

A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award, ASTM International

Award of Merit, ASTM International