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Civil Engineering

Soil Testing

Objective and Description

The objective of the graduate program in civil engineering is to prepare students for continued professional and scholarly development consistent with their technical interests. Students, with the assistance of a faculty advisor in their area of interest, plan their programs of study in one of the technical areas in civil engineering.

Research Areas

Typical program and research areas are:

  • Environmental (water and air quality control, and solid and hazardous materials control);
  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Geotechnical (soil mechanics and foundations);
  • Infrastructure Systems;
  • Structures and Applied Mechanics;
  • Transportation (traffic planning, highways, airports and transit);
  • Water Resources (hydrology and hydraulics);

Requirements and Courses

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The Ph.D. degree is a research degree and, as such, requires the candidate to successfully carry out original, independent research in an area acceptable to the civil engineering faculty. Normally, a minimum of one year of advanced coursework beyond the master's degree is required.

The Ph.D. program of work must consist of at least 5 courses beyond the core courses for the Master's program.

The Tentative Program of Work should be submitted during the same semester that a student completes the Diagnostic Examination and must be approved by the entire committee.

The Final Program of Work should be submitted after passing the Comprehensive Examination but no later than the semester prior to Graduation and must be signed by the entire committee.

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Ph.D. committee should be composed by the following:

  • The student's Major Professor.
  • A minimum of two other CE Faculty members.
  • A minimum of 1 member outside of CE, in the student's minor area.
  • The student will have a committee with a minimum of 4 members.

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Dr. Melanie L. Sattler

Dr. Melanie L. Sattler

Associate Professor & Graduate Advisor
Department of Civil Engineering