Areas of Concentration
Faculty research interests emphasize the following areas:
- Environmental engineering
- Soil mechanics and foundation engineering
- Water resources
- Computer graphics
- Computer-aided design
- Railroad engineering
- Engineering mechanics
- Pavement design
- Materials performance and characterization
- Construction safety and innovation
A requirement of the graduate program is the completion of a thesis. Thesis work can be conducted in any of the current research areas in the department or in any area approved by the student's adviser and the department. The thesis is considered a contribution to the education of the candidate and normally results in an original contribution to the body of engineering knowledge. Thesis requirements in civil engineering may be satisfied by:
- An experimental or theoretical research project.
- An exercise in solving a practical engineering problem involving novel features, which may or may not comprise design, and with or without required experimental verification.
The thesis is followed by a final oral or written examination that must be passed at least two weeks before the degree is to be received.