Dr. Joseph Scalia IV

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Joseph ScaliaDr. Scalia specializes in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, with a focus on environmental containment systems and the development of innovative barrier systems to protect human health and the environment. These barriers include systems intended to minimize risk resulting from municipal, mining, energy-production, and hazardous wastes. He has performed research on the use of bentonite clay in hydraulic barriers, development of novel bentonite-polymer barrier materials for containment of extreme wastes, performance of final cover systems, and the hydraulic and unsaturated properties of soils. Prior to joining CSU, Scalia was a Senior Associate at Exponent (formerly Failure Analysis Associates) in the Environmental and Earth Sciences Practice in Bellevue, Washington, and Natick, Massachusetts. At Exponent, Scalia specialized in the evaluation of pollutant extent, transport, and fate in saturated and unsaturated soils.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Geotechnics
  • Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Flow and Contaminant Transport in Saturated & Unsaturated Soils
  • Geosynthetic Clay Liners
  • Clay-Polymer Composites
  • Mine wastes

Classes Taught

  • CIVE 558 – Containment Systems for Waste Disposal
    FA 2015, 3 credit hours
  • CIVE 355 – Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
    SP 2016, 3 credit hours

Contact Information

Office Location: Engineering A217
Phone: 970-491-3774
Fax: 970-491-7727

Personal website


  • B.S. 2007, Bucknell University – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • M.S. 2009, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Geological Engineering
  • Ph.D. 2012, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Geological Engineering