Graduate Students



The overall objective of the Department of Civil Engineering graduate program is to pursue these goals:

  • Prepare students to pursue careers in the broad field of civil engineering
  • Prepare students to demonstrate advanced technical knowledge related to civil engineering
  • (PhD Only) Prepare students to present an original contribution to the extant body of knowledge

In order to achieve these goals, the Department of Civil Engineering established a series of Student Learning Outcomes - knowledge, skills, and abilities that graduates of the program are expected to possess at the time of graduation. The Student Learning Outcomes include:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve advanced-level problems in civil engineering.
  • Locate and evaluate pertinent published literature relevant to a given topic, and apply the information gained to a design, analysis, or research effort.
  • Organize and deliver effective communications.
  • Design and conduct experiments, and analyze and evaluate the resulting data.
  • (MS Only) Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  • (PhD Only) Develop an original and unique contribution to the extant body of knowledge concerning the dissertation topic area.

Graduate Coordinator

Nawfal Ahmed

Dr. Julian Fairey

Associate Professor

Areas of Study

Environmental—Study the impacts of development and work to clean and protect the environment. In this field, you could develop new methods to treat wastewater or clean up hazardous waste sites.

Geotechnical—Test and prepare the ground for any structure or use the ground as a structure itself. You could perform a soil analysis before designing the foundation for a building, design and build an earthen dam or embankment, or stabilize an existing structure, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Structural—Design bridges, buildings and dams to stand the test of time. Structural engineers helped create the Itaipu Dam in South America, which generates most of Paraguay’s power supply, and the solar powered Santa Monica Ferris Wheel.

Transportation—Create safe, efficient and organized transportation systems by designing airports, highway interchanges, “smart” traffic signals and high-speed rail systems.

Water Resources—Design systems to deliver clean water to communities, transport used water to facilities and control runoff to prevent flooding. You might design locks and dams, canals, pumping stations, water lines, sewer systems and storm drains.