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Civil & Environmental Engineering

What is Civil Engineering?

Civil Engineering is a broad discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the infrastructure, such as buildings, roads, airports, railroads, bridges, water and wastewater treatment plants, landfills, dams, and canals. It is traditionally broken into several sub-disciplines including structural engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction engineering, materials engineering, transportation engineering, surveying, and water resources engineering. Civil engineering impacts our lives on a daily basis and at all levels: in the public sector from the municipal to the federal levels and in the private sector from individuals to international companies.

Areas of Interest

  • Environmental Engineering & Water Resources

    Environmental and water resource engineers apply engineering principles and sustainable best management practices for the enhancement and protection of human health and the environment.

    Environmental engineers design water and wastewater treatment, wastewater collection and distribution systems, landfills, and hazardous waste treatment systems. They also assess the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment, design and apply best management practices
    , and develop low impact strategies to treat runoff.
    Water resources engineers analyze water supply and demand. They also plan and design canals, locks, port facilities, offshore structures, and systems such as water supply and distribution networks, urban drainage, and flood damage reduction works. Other important tasks include hydrologic analysis and modeling for predicting future availability of water and for continuous improvement of best management practices for sustainable utilization of water resources.

    Faculty in this area are: Dr. Tania Datta, Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu, and Dr. Lenly Weathers.

  • Structural Mechanics

    Structural mechanics is a field of engineering that deals with the understanding of the thermo-mechanical behavior of solids under different types of loads. Structural mechanics involves the evaluation of the stress and strain distributions within the solids by combining engineering and physical science concepts with mathematical, computational, and experimental techniques. Modern applications might include electrical, magnetic and chemical phenomena that could affect the structural behavior. Course topics include Mechanics of Materials, Advanced Mechanics of Materials, Elasticity, Experimental Stress Analysis, Finite Element Analysis, Continuum Mechanics, Vibrations, and Composite Materials.

    Faculty in this area are: Dr. Jane Liu and Dr. Guillermo Ramirez.

  • Structural Engineering

    Structural engineers are designers and builders of all types of structures. Traditional structures include bridges, dams, large buildings, power plants, offshore platforms, and transmission towers. Other structures include aerospace vehicles (airplanes, rockets, space station), ships, and automobiles. Structural engineers analyze the forces that a structure must resist such as gravity, wind, earthquakes, and temperature and develop the combination of appropriate materials (steel, concrete, timber, masonry, etc.) needed to build such a structure. Structural engineering involves analysis and design of steel, concrete, masonry, and wood structures with particular attention to design specifications and practical considerations.

    Faculty in this area are: Dr. Craig Henderson and Dr. Tim Huff.

  • Transportation Engineering

    Transportation engineers are involved with the safe, rapid, comfortable, convenient, economical, and environmental compatible movement of people and materials. Transportation infrastructure including airports, highways, ports, and railways are planned, designed, and operated by transportation engineers.

    Faculty in this area are Dr. Daniel Badoe, Dr. Steven Click.

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