Civil Engineering

Department Head

Professor Amvrossios C. Bagtzoglou

Associate Department Head & Graduate Program Director

Professor John N. Ivan


Accorsi, Anagnostou, Bagtzoglou, Epstein, Ivan, Liu, and Wang

Associate Professors

Abboud, Christenson, Chrysochoou, Garrick, Kim, Li, Lownes, MacKay, and Malla

Assistant Professors

Agrios, Astitha, Esmaili Zaghi, Jang, Kirchhoff, Konduri, Mellor, Vadas, Wille, and Zhang

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers graduate courses and research opportunities for students seeking the M.S. or Ph.D. Research areas include environmental, geotechnical, structural and transportation engineering. In addition, the Department participates in interdisciplinary programs in applied mechanics, environmental engineering and fluid dynamics.

Special Requirements for the Master’s Degree

Master’s degrees may be earned under either of two plans. Plan A requires not fewer than 21 credits of graduate program course work and the writing of a Thesis, while Plan B requires not fewer than 30 credits of graduate program course work and a final examination (but no thesis). For outstanding students who have completed six credits of approved graduate-level course work (5000’s level or higher) as part of an undergraduate program (as electives and/or as professional requirements) prior to entry to the master’s degree program (with grades of B+ or higher in all such courses) the advisory committee may reduce the course work to 15 credits for Plan A and to 24 credits for Plan B.

Special Requirements for the Ph.D. Program

By the end of the first year of study, the Ph.D. student must have passed a qualifying examination and have submitted evidence of his or her capacity for independent study in the form of a master’s thesis or a comparable achievement. In many cases the final examination of the student’s M.S. program serves as the qualifying examination (See also “Applied Mechanics” and “Fluid Dynamics.”)

Special Facilities

The Department has fully-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories for graduate research in applied mechanics, environmental, geotechnical, structural and transportation engineering. In addition to the typical laboratories, special departmental facilities include a 40′ x 65′ fully-equipped structural testing strong floor, state-of-the-art computer lab for computer aided design (CAD) and geographical information systems (GIS) laboratory, specialized asphaltic and bituminous materials laboratories and controlled environment rooms for both environmental and geotechnical research laboratories. Equipment is also available for conducting experimental research in the field. Specialized laboratories of the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESI) are also available for research in environmental engineering. Departmental research is funded by national and state agencies and by the private sector.

Special Courses

For additional mathematical analysis and fluid mechanics courses students should consider ME 5507, 5120, and 6130.
NOTE  —  The following courses are part of the interdisciplinary Applied Mechanics program:  CE 5122, 5124, 5126, 5128, 5160, 5164, 5166, 6810, and 6811.

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