College of Science and Technology

Built Environment Research

2019 / 2021 Current Research Projects


Faculty PI/CoPI/Researcher


Evaluating the Transition to 3D Modeling Environment for Bridges Mohammed Mawlana


Combined effect of Allostatic Load and Lead Exposure on Cardiovascular disease Mortality among U.S. Adults Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi

 NIH/ Washington University St. Louis

Targeting homes with high Lead exposure risks by leveraging big data and advanced machine-learning algorithms

 Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi


Grant 20-0105 Sustaining Our Neighborhoods Through Transformation Community Modeling Awarded

 Tony Graham

 Habitiat for Humanity of Forsyth County

NSF 2010398: Grant for ICRS 2020 

Dongyang Deng


NC2 Team Sustainable Polymer Nanocomposite.

Dongyang Deng


Grant 20-0105 Sustaining Our Neighborhoods Through Transformation Community Modeling Awarded

 Tony Graham

 City of Greensboro/Habitat for Humanity

Accuracy Assessment IoT Stream Gage

Leila Hashemi Beni

North Carolina Collaboratory

UAV Remote Sensing for Flood Modeling

Leila Hashemi Beni, PI

NSF Research Initiation Award

Data Collection and Data Analytic in support of Flood Management

Leila Hashemi Beni, PI

UNC Collaboratory - Flood Resilience

Initiation for Advanced Geospatial Analysis to Identify Suitable Areas for Renewable Energy Development

Leila Hashemi Beni, PI

Exelon R&D contract

Advanced Geospatial Analysis to Identify Suitable Areas for Renewable Energy Development

Leila Hashemi Beni, PI

Exelon R&D contract

Utilization of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle during Disaster Operations

Leila Hashemi Beni, PI

UNC Collaboratory

Student GIS Interns

Peggy Fersner


Broadening Female Participation STE

Andrea Ofori-Boadu

East Coast Construction Services

Beach Exposure & Child Health Study

Alesia Ferguson

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

E Cube Research Experience

Dongyang Deng

AEESP Foundation

NOCTI Test Acct

Robert Pyle


Flood Modeling and Management

Leila Hashemi Beni


Professional Identity Development

Andrea Ofori-Boadu

National Science Foundation

Mapping Soil Urban Lead Exposome

Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi

North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences

In-Utero Lead Exposure and Thyroid Hormone Assessment

Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi

Indiana University

Residential Construction Certificate Program

Andrea Ofori-Boadu

National Association of Home Builders

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

Andrea Ofori-Boadu and Robert Pyle

National Association of Home Builders/True Homes/national Housing Endowment

Building Competitive Capacities

Lead PI: Osei-Yeboe, PI, Christian Bock-Hyeng

USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service

Armijos, R.X., Weigel, M.M., Obeng-Gyasi, E. and Racines-Orbe, M., 2021. Elevated blood lead and metal/metalloid levels and environmental exposure sources in urban Ecuadorian school-age children and mothers. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 235, p.113770.

Mantripragada,Shobha; Deng,Dongyang;  Zhang,Lifeng;(June 2021) "Remediation of GenX from water by amidoxime surface-functionalized electrospun polyacrylonitrile nanofibrous adsorbent", Chemosphere - In Press, Journal Pre-proof - online 16 June 2021. 

Ofori-Boadu, A.N.Bryant, D.Bock-Hyeng, C.Assefa, Z.Aryeetey, F.Munkaila, S. and Fini, E. (2021), "Physiochemical characterization of agricultural waste biochars for partial cement replacement", International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

 Babekir, A., Mustafa, S., Obeng-Gyasi, E (2021) . The Association of Toxoplasma gondii IgG and Cardiovascular Biomarkers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(9) 

Altomare, T.; Tarwater, P.M.; Ferguson, A.C.; Solo-Gabriele, H.M.; Mena, K.D. Estimating Health Risks to Children Associated with Recreational Play on Oil Spill-Contaminated Beaches. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 126.

Ferguson, A.; Dwivedi, A.; Adelabu, F.; Ehindero, E.; Lamssali, M.; Obeng-Gyasi, E.; Mena, K.; Solo-Gabriele, H. Quantified Activity Patterns for Young Children in Beach Environments Relevant for Exposure to Contaminants. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 3274.

Obeng-Gyasi ,E., Roostaeri, J, Gibson JM (2021) . Lead Distribution in Urban Soil in a Medium-Sized City: Household-Scale Analysis. Environmental Science & Technology 

Ofori-Boadu, A.N., Owusu-Manu, D.-G., Edwards, D.J. and Asiseh, F. (2020), "A conceptual model of subcontractor development practices for LEED projects", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

Ofori-Boadu, A.N., Ofori-Boadu, V., Vanderpool, J. & Deng, D. (2020). Nascent Professional Identity Development in Freshman Architecture, Engineering, and   Construction Women. Conference proceeding of the 2020 Virtual American Society for Engineering Education   (ASEE). (June 21- 24, 2020).   Available at:

Obeng-Gyasi, E. and Obeng-Gyasi, B., 2020. Chronic Stress and Cardiovascular Disease among Individuals Exposed to Lead: A Pilot Study. Diseases, 8(1), p.7.

Obeng-Gyasi, E., 2020. Chronic cadmium exposure and cardiovascular disease in adults. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, 55(6), pp.726-729.

Obeng-Gyasi, E., 2018. Lead exposure and oxidative stress—A life course approach in US adults. Toxics6(3), p.42.

Deng, Dongyang; Zhang, L.; Dong, M.; Samuel, R.; OforiBoadu, A.; Lamssali, M. Water Environment Research (2020) Radioactive Waste: A Review.

Deng, Dongyang; Lamssali, M.; Aryal, N.; OforiBoadu, A.; Jha, M. K.; Samuel, R. E. Water Environment Research (2020) Textiles wastewater treatment technology: A review.

Aryal, N.; Wood, J.; Rijal, I.; Deng, Dongyang; Jha, M. K.; OforiBoadu, A. Water Environment Research (2020) Fate of environmental pollutants: A review.

Ferguson, A., Rattler, K., Perone, H. et al. Soil–skin adherence measures from hand press trials in a Gulf study of exposures. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol (2020).

Obeng-Gyasi, E., Armijos, R., Weigel, M., Filippelli, G., & Sayegh, M. (2018). Cardiovascular-related outcomes in US adults exposed to lead. International journal of environmental research and public health, 15(4), 759.

Obeng-Gyasi, E. (2019). Sources of lead exposure in various countries. Reviews on environmental health, 34(1), 25-34.

Ferguson, A., Del Donno, C., Obeng-Gyasi, E., Mena, K., Kaur Altomare, T., Guerrero, R., ... & Solo-Gabriele, H. M. (2019). Children Exposure-Related Behavior Patterns and Risk Perception Associated with Recreational Beach Use. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(15), 2783.

Alesia Ferguson, Kristina Mena, and Helena Solo-Gabriele “ Assessment for Oil Spill Chemicals: Current Knowledge, Data Gaps, and Uncertainties Addressing Human Physical Health Risk” Marine Pollution, 2020, 110746

Ofori-Boadu, A. N., Abrokwah, R., Gbewonyo, S., and Fini, E. (2018). Effect of Swine-   Waste Bio-Char Treatment Temperatures on Water Absorption Characteristics of        Cement Pastes, International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 36(3), 283-299.       0055

Ofori-Boadu, A. N., Ofori-Boadu, V., Borders-Taylor, I., Waller, L., and Akangah, P. (2019). Professional Identity   Formation and Development in HBCU Construction Students. Proceeding of the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference, Tampa, Florida.(June 16 – 19, 2019)   (

Deng, D. & Lin, L.-S. 2017. Continuous sulfidogenic wastewater treatment with iron sulfide sludge oxidation and recycle. Water research, 114, 210-217. 

Deng, D., LIN, O., Rubenstein, A., Weidhaas, J. L. & Lin, L.-S. 2019. Elucidating biochemical transformations of Fe and S in an innovative Fe (II)-dosed anaerobic wastewater treatment process using spectroscopic and phylogenetic analyses. Chemical Engineering Journal, 358, 1208-1217.

Mantripragada, S., Gbewonyo, S., Deng, D. & Zhang, L. 2019. Oil Absorption Capability of Electrospun Carbon Nanofibrous Membranes Having Porous and Hollow Nanostructures. Materials Letters, 127069.

Labs and Facilities

Dr. Mohammed Mawlana - Construction Research Lab - price 112 L, Visualization and Collaboration Lab - Smith 4007

Dr. Leila Hashemi Beni-Photogrammetry and GIS-Price 105

Dr. Dongyang Deng: Water Quality Analysis Lab-JSNN Lab 106

Dr. Andrea Ofori-Boadu-Cement and Concrete Materials Lab

Dr. Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi- Environmental Health and Disease Lab- Hines Hall 313

Geomatics Lab: All Geomatics Facility: Price 112

Soil Testing Lab: Price Hall-Mainly for Classroom Instruction-Price 111

EHS and Construction Teaching Labs-Price 115

3D Computer Room: Smith 4007