Civil and Environmental Engineering

M.S., Ph.D.

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Faculty: Professor Tsiatas, chair; Associate Professor Hunter, director of graduate studies. Professors Baxter, Lee, Veyera, and Wright; Associate Professors Craver, Gindy, Thiem, and Thomas; Assistant Professors Akanda and Bradshaw; Adjunct Professors Harr and O’Neill; Adjunct Assistant Professors Badorek and George; Professors Emeriti Kovacs, Marcus, McEwen, Poon, and Urish.

Specializations

Environmental engineering: water supply and treatment facilities, municipal and industrial waste treatment, flocculation and coagulation of wastes, solid waste and hazardous waste management, modeling of environmental systems, groundwater pollution, groundwater exploration, coastal groundwater, nonpoint source pollution, stormwater management, river and estuary hydrology, hydraulics and water quality.

Geotechnical engineering: geoacoustic modeling and properties of marine sediments, sediment sampling, in-situ testing, deep-sea sedimentary processes, sediment transport, creep processes, environmental geotechnology, dredge material disposal, experimental geomechanics, soil-structure interaction, constitutive modeling of geological materials, particulate mechanics, applications of nonlinear finite element and discrete element methods to geomechanics problems, earthquake engineering, wave propagation in granular media, dynamic soil properties, liquefaction, geosynthetics.

Structural engineering: matrix and finite element analysis, computer and numerical methods, deterministic and stochastic structural dynamics, earthquakes, system identification, fatigue, design of steel and concrete structures, marine structures, structural stability, thin-walled structures, coastal structures, vibration control, soil-structure interaction, condition assessment and rehabilitation of bridges, structural safety and reliability, structural health monitoring, extreme event analysis.

Transportation engineering: properties of pavement materials, pavement theory and design, pavement management system, highway location, geometric design, traffic operation and control, transportation cost, transportation supply and demand analysis, and transportation system analysis.

Master of Science

Admission requirements: bachelor’s degree in civil or environmental engineering. Candidates in other engineering fields or in mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics may be accepted with the possibility of additional undergraduate prerequisite courses being required.

Program requirements: thesis or nonthesis option. Thirty credits plus CVE 601, 602 except for part-time students. For the thesis option, the thesis counts as six to nine of the required credits. The nonthesis option requires a comprehensive technical report and a written comprehensive exam.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission requirements: master’s degree in civil or environmental engineering or a related field. Exceptional students with a bachelor’s degree will also be considered.

Program requirements: a minimum of 42 credits plus CVE 601 and 602 except for part-time students beyond the M.S. degree. Students take between 18 and 24 dissertation credits, including the two-course minor outside of the candidate’s area of specialization, where required by the candidate’s committee; a comprehensive examination; and a dissertation. Although there is no formal departmental language requirement, the committee may require proficiency with a research tool or in a foreign language.

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program

See Civil Engineering in the Undergraduate section of this catalog.