Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty at the University of Delaware

Sue McNeil

348 DuPont Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716
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1983 | Ph.D | Carnegie Mellon University
1981 | Master | Carnegie Mellon University
1977 | B.E | University of New Castle
1975 | Bachelor | University of New Castle


Sue McNeil is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration.  She is also a core faculty member of the Disaster Research Center (DRC) at the University of Delaware (UD). She completed a B.Sc. (Mathematics) and B.E. (Civil Engineering) from University of Newcastle, Australia and a M.S. and Ph.D. (Civil Engineering) from Carnegie Mellon University. She joined the faculty at UD in 2005 and has served as Chair and DRC director. Prior to joining UD, she held faculty positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Illinois at Chicago.  She was an Erskine Fellow and visiting faculty member at the University of Canterbury in 2012 and a visiting faculty member at the University of New South Wales in 2017 and 2020.

Her research and teaching interests focus on transportation asset management.  Her most recent research includes the impact of natural hazards and climate change on physical infrastructure and asset management with emphasis on resilience. Her work serves as a basis for policy and decision making in transportation asset management.

McNeil is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Transportation Research Boards, WTS and American Society of Engineering Education. She is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, an Emeritus Member of the TRB Asset Management and a recipient of TRB’s Roy Crum Award and ASCE’s Frank Masters Award and Harland Bartholomew Award.  She serves as Editor-in-Chief for ASCE’s Journal of Infrastructure Systems.


  • Disasters
  • Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Systems
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation


  1. Ghahari, SeyedAli, Cesar Queiroz, Samuel Labi, Sue McNeil, (2021). “Cluster Forecasting of Corruption Using Nonlinear Autoregressive with Exogenous Variables (NARX) – An Artificial Neural Network Analysis,” Sustainability, 13(20).
  2. Lee, Juneseok, McNeil, Sue and Li, Qiang (Joshua), (2021). “Robust and Transparent Method to Measure the Water Infrastructure Performance in the United States.” Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 147(3), Technical Note. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001338
  3. Liu, Y., & McNeil, S. (2020). Using Resilience in Risk-Based Asset Management Plans. Transportation Research Record, 2674(4), 178-192.
  4. Liu, Y., McNeil, S., Hackl, J., & Adey, B. T. (2020). Prioritizing transportation network recovery using a resilience measure. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, 1-12.
  5. Greer, A., Trainor, J., & McNeil, S. (2019). Voluntary Household Relocation Decision Making in the Wake of Disaster: Re-interpreting the Empirical Record. International Journal of Mass Emergencies & Disasters, 37(2).
  6. Li, Qiang and S. McNeil. (2021). “Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) Based Benchmarking of Highway Asset Investment”, Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, 8(1), 117-128.
  7. Liu, Y., McNeil, S., & Herning, G. (2019). Integrating resilience concepts with pavement management: A case study in Delaware. In Pavement and Asset Management (pp. 769-776). CRC Press.
  8. Dehghani, M. S., Flintsch, G., & McNeil, S. (2017). Parametric Analysis of Roadway Infrastructure Vulnerability to Disruptions. Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 23(4), 04017017.
  9. London, M. & S. McNeil. (2017). “Impact evaluation of different types of transportation projects using Meta-analysis,” Transportation Research Procedia, 25, 3922-3932.
  10. Beiler, Michelle, Leylin Marroquin, and Sue McNeil, “State-of-the-Practice Assessment of Climate Change Adaptation Practices Across Metropolitan Planning Organizations Pre- and Post-Hurricane Sandy,” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Volume 88, 163-174, 2016.

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