Diana Byrne


Welcome to the Byrne Research Group! We are in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington, KY. Our research focuses on sustainable water and sanitation infrastructure systems. We seek to apply and adapt quantitative sustainable design tools (e.g., life cycle assessment, life cycle costing, quantitative microbial risk assessment) to inform decision-making in both technologically advanced and resource-limited settings. We are a part of the Sustainable and Humanitarian Engineering area within the College of Engineering at UK. In addition to research, Dr. Byrne teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focused on sustainable infrastructure systems. Please feel free to explore the information below that includes our group, courses, resources, and contact information.



CE 599: Quantitative Sustainable Design

Description:  This course focuses on the application of quantitative sustainable design to engineering infrastructure and technologies. Quantitative sustainable design is a process of mechanistically linking design and operational decisions to sustainability indicators to inform decision-making. This process enables navigation of trade-offs across dimensions of sustainability (e.g., environmental, economic, social) so that design and operation can be informed by sustainability metrics. This course will focus specifically on environmental and economic impacts by using two tools - life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) – along with uncertainty and sensitivity analyses. The main component of this course will be a design project in which students apply this process to inform the design and operation of an engineering infrastructure system or technology of interest.

Level: Seniors and graduate students; Semesters: Fall 2020, Fall 2021


CE 312: Fundamentals and Applications of Sustainable Engineering

Description: This course introduces students to sustainability and its connection to civil engineering infrastructure. Course topics are divided into environmental, economic, and social sustainability and include life cycle assessment, water and waste management, life cycle costing and techno-economic assessment, applying empathy in engineering, quantitative approaches for social sustainability, and decision-making across sustainability metrics. The course utilizes a combination of lectures, activities, guest lectures, current events debates, and field trips to introduce fundamental concepts and applications of sustainable engineering.

Level: undergraduate; Semesters: Spring 2021, co-taught with Dr. Shakira Hobbs

Links and Resources

Publications: You can check out our current list of publications on Google Scholar or ORCID.

Applying to Graduate School: Applications to graduate school in Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky can be found here and additional information about graduate school at UK more broadly is available for prospective students through the Graduate School website.

UK Student Resources: WellKentucky provides a centralized link to wellness-related resources on campus. It is also great place to start when you aren't exactly sure what specific resources you are looking for! UK College of Engineering offers a variety of resources for student success and the Graduate school also provides helpful information for professional development and activities on campus. Mental health resources can be accessed through the UK Counseling Center, and details on how to make an appointment can be made here. Within the College of Engineering, please also see additional resources with a focus on mental health and wellness. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Byrne if you have any questions about accessing the resources you need.

Contact Us

Email: dianabyrne@uky.edu

Phone: (859) 562-2996

Department of Civil Engineering
University of Kentucky
354F Raymond Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0281