Research

My technical research explores novel materials that can be used to increase the sustainability and resiliency of infrastructure. My engineering education research explores the formation of critical consciousness of undergraduate learners in engineering mechanics contexts.

I am (co-)advising several undergraduate research students on related projects. To date, my research students have explored life cycle analysis of concrete, respirable silica in concrete lab environments, and mechanical performance of bio-fiber reinforced concrete. My collaborators are Drs. Heather Kirkvold and Samuel Morton at James Madison University.

I am presently leading as Principal Investigator on an NSF PFE: RIEF Grant (Award #2024466) where a teaching practice grounded in culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP) is being explored in an engineering mechanics context. My collaborators are Drs. Joi Merritt (James Madison University) and Joel A. Mejia (University of San Diego).

I am contributing as Co-Principal Investigator on an NSF EAGER: PPER Grant (Award #1744006) where citizen engineers engaged in the design, construction, and utilization of acrylic concrete structures for rainwater harvesting in San Angelo, TX  (an area prone to persistent droughts). My collaborators are Drs. Azadeh Bolhari (University of Colorado Boulder) and Kenneth Stewart (Angelo State University).

Lastly, I am in the process of disseminating my PhD dissertation, which focused on four areas: propagation of vibrational energy in fresh concrete with varying rheology and aggregate content, yielding of interstitial cement paste fluid between aggregates, effects of external weather conditions on internal humidity and temperature conditions of concrete railroad crossties, and correlating relative humidity with degree of saturation.

You can learn more about my research from my profiles at Google Scholar or Research Gate.

If you are interested in undergraduate research, then shoot me an email and/or stop by my office!

SEM of fractured fly ash-based geopolymer.Instrumented pavement at FAA-NAPTF.Surrogate fluid tested inside ICAR rheometer.Collecting embedded data from instrumented crosstie in Lytton, BC.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Song, Y., Damiani, R. M., Shen, C., Castaneda, D. I., and Lange. D. A. (2020) “A 3D petrographic analysis for concrete freeze-thaw protection.” Cement and Concrete Research 128 (1): 1 – 12. Link.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Riding, K. A., and Lange, D. A. (2019) “Prediction of freezing temperature inside concrete crossties at the rail seat area.” ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering 31 (1): 04018358-1-12. Link.
  • Koch, J. A., Castaneda, D. I., Ewoldt, R. H., and Lange, D. A. (2019) “Vibration of fresh concrete understood through the paradigm of granular physics.” Cement and Concrete Research 115 (1): 31-42. Link.
  • Henschen, J. D., Castaneda, D. I., and Lange, D. A. (2018) “Formwork pressure model for SCC using a pressure decay signature.” ACI Materials Journal 115 (3): 339-348. Link. (Note: this manuscript earned the ACI 2020 Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper Award.)
  • Castaneda, D. I., and Mejia, J. A. (2018) “Culturally relevant pedagogy: An approach to foster critical consciousness in civil engineering.” ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice 144 (2): 02518002-1-8. Link.
  • Song, Y., Zou, R., Castaneda, D. I., Riding, K. A., and Lange, D. A. (2017) “Advances in measuring air-void parameters in hardened concrete using a flatbed scanner.” ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation 45 (5): 1713-1725. Link.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Henschen, J. D., and Lange, D. A. (2014) “Field test method for residual stress in plain concrete pavements and structures.” ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation 43 (3): 761-773. Link.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Publications – * denotes student supervised by Castaneda et al.

  • Castaneda, D. I., Forsyth, J., Gipson, K., Joshi, S., Miller, C., Nagel, J., Nagel, R., and Paterson, K. December 2020. “24for24: 24-minute engagements in a summer bridge program for the Collegiate Class of 2024.” In Sixth International Conference on E-Learning. Link.
  • Bolhari, A., Castaneda, D. I., and Stewart, K. June 2020. “Work in progress: An exploratory study of the sustainability mindset through a citizen science project in a vulnerable Latinx community.” In 2020 American Society of Engineering Educators At-Home Virtual Conference. Link.
  • Stewart, K., Castaneda, D. I., and Bolhari, A. June 2020. “Work in progress: Citizen scientists’ description of an engineer.” In 2020 American Society of Engineering Educators At-Home Virtual Conference. Link.
  • Castaneda, D. I. (2019). “Exploring critical consciousness in engineering curriculum through an ill-structured problem.” In 2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE). Cincinnati, OH.  Link.
  • Brady*, C. E., Jatmoko*, S. F., Mansoor*, B. B., Castaneda, D. I., Kirkvold, H. A., and Striebig, B. A. April 2019. “Bridge over Mossy Creek.” In IEEE 2019 Systems and Information Design Symposium (SIEDS) (pp 1-4). Charlotesville, VA. Link.
  • Lange, D. A., Castaneda, D. I., Koch, J. A., Ewoldt, R. H., and Riding, K. A. May 2016. “Stability and retention of entrained air in conventional and self-consolidating concrete.” In Khayat, K. H., (Ed). 8th International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete (pp 243-252). Washington, DC: RILEM Publications S. A. R. L.
  • Lange, D. A., Castaneda, D. I., Koch, J. A., Ewoldt, R. H., and Riding, K. A. July 2014. “Stability of entrained air in self-consolidating concrete under vibration.” In XXII Nordic Concrete Research Symposia (pp 387-90). Reykjavik, Iceland: Norsk Betongforening.
  • Castaneda, D. I., and Lange, D. A. June 2012. “New field testing procedure to measure surface stresses in plain concrete pavements.” In Scarpas, A. et al (Eds). 7th RILEM International Conference on Cracking in Pavements (pp 191-200). Delft University, The Netherlands: Springer. Link.

Technical Reports

  • Bolhari, A., Castaneda, D. I., and Stewart, K. L. “Developing Drought-Resilient Communities by Utilizing Acrylic Concrete Structures for Rainwater Harvesting.” Final Report to the US National Science Foundation Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transportation Systems, Washington, D. C., 22314. January 2020.
  • Castaneda, D. I. “Freeze-thaw environment of precast concrete crossties and effect of vibration on fresh materials.” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016): PhD Dissertation. Link.
  • Riding, K. A., Lange, D. A., Castaneda, D. I., Koch, J. A., Albahttiti, M. T., Ghadban, A. A., Song, Y., and Zou, R. “Concrete Material and Manufacturing Requirements for Freeze-Thaw Durable Concrete Railroad Ties: Volume I and Volume II.” Technical Report to U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration Office of Research and Development, Washington, D.C., 20590. January 2016. Link.
  • Lange, D. A., Henschen, J. D., and Castaneda, D. I. “Light can corrosion study.” Technical Note, Center of Excellence for Airport Technology CEAT, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801. April 2013.
  • Lange, D. A. and Castaneda, D. I. “Selection of material and methodology for repair of cracks and distresses in concrete pavements at O’Hare Airport.” Technical Note, Center of Excellence for Airport Technology CEAT, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801. December 2012.
  • Castaneda, D. I. “New field testing procedure for measuring residual stress in plain concrete pavements and structures.” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011): MS Thesis. Link.

Presentations, Workshops, Posters, or Invited Talks – * denotes student supervised by Castaneda et al.

  • Castaneda, D. I. March 2021. “Faculty Development Workshop: SOTL and Discipline-Based Educational Research in STEM Fields.” Invited Virtual Talk to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Engineering and Computer Science.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Sharp, C., and Dillon, H. February 2021. “Leonardo DaVinci 2.0: Re-discovering artistic expressions of engineering to foster an entrepreneurial mindset.” Co-facilitator for session at the 2021 Virtual KEEN National Conference.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Forsyth, J., Joshi, S., Miller, C., Gipson, K., Nagel, J., Nagel, R., and Paterson, K. December 2020. “24for24: A virtual summer bridge program in multiple 24-minute sessions for the collegiate class of 2024.” Oral/virtual presentation to the 2020 Sixth International Conference on E-Learning. Hosted by the University of Bahrain.
  • Castaneda, D. I. October 2020. “SOTL and Discipline-Based Educational Research in STEM Fields.” CFI Engaged Teacher Scholar Program presentation to the JMU College of Science and Mathematics.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Doyle, K., Fitzsimmons, E., and Dennis, N. September 2020. “Reimagining exams and assessments.” Invited panelist speaker to the 2020 ASCE ExCEEd Community Exchange Series.
  • Bolhari, A., Castaneda, D. I., and Stewart, K. June 2020. “Work in Progress: An exploratory study of the sustainability mindset through a citizen science project in a vulnerable Latinx community.” Oral/virtual presentation to the 2020 ASEE At Home with Engineering Education Virtual Conference
  • Stewart, K., Castaneda, D. I., and Bolhari, A. June 2020. “Work in progress: Citizen scientists’ description of an engineer.” Oral/virtual presentation to the 2020 ASEE At Home with Engineering Education Virtual Conference
  • Castaneda, D. I. October 2019. “Exploring critical consciousness in engineering curriculum through an ill-structured problem.” Oral/Poster presentation to the 2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. Hosted by University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Enzmann*, J., Kirkvold, H. A., and Castaneda, D. I. October 2019. “Respirable Dust (RD) and Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) In a University Concrete Lab.” Student poster presentation to the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS). Hosted by Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA.
  • Tafoya*, E., Morton, S., Kirkvold, H. A., and Castaneda, D. I. October 2019. “Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of Bio-Fiber Reinforced Concrete.” Student poster presentation to the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS). Hosted by Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA.
  • Brady*, C. E., Jatmoko*, S. F., Mansoor*, B. B., Castaneda, D. I., Kirkvold, H. A., and Striebig, B. A. April 2019. “Bridge over Mossy Creek.” Student oral presentation to the 2019 Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SIEDS). Hosted by the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Forsyth, J., Gipson, K., Joshi, S., Miller, C., Nagel, J., Nagel, R., and Paterson, K. March 2019. “Open-Ended and Project-Based Service-Learning in First and Second Year Engineering Design Curriculum.” Poster presentation to the Service Learning Workshop 2019 Sponsored by KEEN. Hosted by Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ.
  • Al-Hammoud, R., Castaneda, D. I., and Tanner, J. E. March 2019. “Multi-Cultural Communication.” Panelist Speaker at Spring 2019 Speaker Development Breakfast Sponsored by American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee S802. Quebec City, Canada.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Riding, K. A., and Lange, D. A. “Measuring and Predicting Humidity and Temperature inside Concrete Railroad Crossties.” Keynote Speaker at 2017 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Engineering and Science Symposium. Kansas City, MO.
  • Castaneda, D. I. September 2017. “The State of Diversity in Science and Engineering.” Invited talk in Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series: Examining Hispanic Culture through Psychology, Educational Choices, Language, Evolving Demographics, and Personal Experiences. Hosted by Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Riding, K. A., and Lange, D. A. July 2015. “Measuring and predicting temperature and relative humidity profile distributions inside railroad concrete crossties.” Poster presentation to the American Ceramics Society 6th Advances in Cement-Based Materials. Hosted by the Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Riding, K. A., and Lange, D. A. October 2014. “Moisture movement in concrete railroad crossties under field conditions.” Oral presentation to Technical Session In-Situ Transport Measurements ACI 228/236. Hosted by ACI International, Washington, D.C.
  • Lange, D. A., Castaneda, D. I., and Koch, J. A. October 2014. “Stability of air bubbles in Bingham fluids under vibration.” Oral presentation to ACI Session on Air Entraining and SCC Frost Durability. Hosted by ACI International, Washington, D.C.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Riding, K. A., and Lange, D. A. July 2013. “Internal relative humidity of concrete in railroad environments.” Oral presentation to the American Ceramics Society 4th Advances in Cement-Based Materials. Hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL.
  • Castaneda, D. I. and Lange, D. A. September 2012. “Repair materials and methods at O’Hare Airport.” CEAT Brownbag Seminar Series. Hosted by O’Hare Modernization Program, Chicago, IL.
  • Castaneda, D. I. and Lange, D. A. June 2012. “Investigating setting and strength in alkali diffusion-controlled geopolymeric reactions.” Poster presentation to the American Ceramics Society 3rd Advances in Cement-Based Materials. Hosted by the University of Texas, Austin, TX.
  • Castaneda, D. I. and Lange, D. A. June 2012. “New field testing procedure to measure stress state in plain concrete pavements and structures.” Oral presentation to the 7th RILEM Conference on Cracking in Pavements. Hosted by Delft University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Marks, D. G., and Lange, D. A. July 2010. “Development of testing method for measuring residual stresses in concrete pavements.” Poster presentation to the American Ceramics Society 2nd Advances in Cement-Based Materials. Hosted by Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

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