Civil Engineering, MS

Chairperson: Daniel Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.
Civil Engineering Graduate Programs website

Degree Offered

Master of Science

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering is to educate students in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. These students will be competent in their technical fields, appreciate the moral and ethical impact of their professional work, and continue their professional development throughout their careers. They will advance the state of technical and scientific knowledge through research and provide service to civic and professional communities.

Program Descriptions

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering offers master of science and doctor of philosophy degree programs designed to provide graduate students with both broad fundamental knowledge and up-to-date information on current and emerging technologies. Students may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis. Doctoral students and research-oriented master’s students (e.g., Plan A) engage in research activities under the close supervision of their advisers, gradually learning to become independent researchers. Their projects are often supported by government and industry grants. Courses and research projects make significant use of the department’s extensive laboratory and computational facilities. Graduates find employment in industry, government, academia and research laboratories.

The Department also offers a graduate certificate in environmental engineering, designed for practicing professionals. Students typically enroll on a part-time basis. The environmental engineering certificate is designed to develop graduates with the skills required to solve complex environmental engineering problems in order to protect public health and the environment. The certificate will offer students the opportunity to explore a greater technical understanding of problems associated with air, land, and water resources in both urban and rural communities. Graduates of this program are likely to find positions in a wide range of organizations including governmental agencies, municipal engineering departments, consulting engineer companies, construction companies, as well as a wide range of industries.

The Department participates in the Opus College of Engineering’s Master’s Across Boundaries (MAB) program. Under this initiative, applicants to the master of science in civil engineering program may be permitted by the department to apply up to two previously earned MAB graduate certificates (up to 12 credits each) toward the M.S. Plan B degree. All program criteria for the M.S. degree (Plan B) must still be met. (See the section on Civil Engineering Master’s Requirements.) Applicants who are admitted to the M.S. program with previously earned MAB certificate(s) will be informed at the time of admission which of their certificate course work may be applied toward the M.S. Plan B degree. Additional details on the application of specific certificates toward the specific specializations of the M.S. degree may be found at the end of this section.

Research Activities

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering maintains laboratories related to studies in construction engineering, hydraulics, environmental engineering, engineering materials and structural testing, as well as computational facilities. The Construction Automation Laboratory, Engineering Materials and Structural Testing Laboratory, Transportation Research Center and Water Quality Center are associated with the department.

Research interests of the faculty include the following, listed by specialization:

Construction Engineering (CNEN): advanced technology applications in construction, lean construction practices, management of construction processes, modeling of construction projects, virtual design and construction, bridge repair and replacement, on-site productivity measurement and improvement, highway work-zone safety and international construction management;

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (ENWR): anaerobic biotechnology, wastewater treatment, analytical chemistry, physical/chemical water treatment, fate and impacts of emerging contaminants, antibiotic resistance, pyrolysis, nutrient recovery, environmental microbiology, advanced oxidation processes, sustainability and life-cycle cost analysis, hydrologic modeling, green stormwater infrastructure, geographic information systems, flood frequency analysis, real-time control of stormwater systems;

Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics (SESM): retrofit and repair of structures using fiber-reinforced polymers, prestressed concrete, reliability-based performance assessment of civil infrastructure, health monitoring of civil infrastructure, performance-based engineering, ground motion simulation validation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, structural mechanics modeling of micro-structures for chemical/biosensing and energy-harvesting applications;

Transportation Engineering and Materials (TEMA): transportation systems operations and maintenance (TSM&O), data analysis and visualization, health care access, smart communities, pavement mechanics, modeling of flexible and rigid pavements, tire-pavement interaction, micromechanical modeling of asphalt concrete, pavement damage.