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Construction Engineering and Management Tracks Now Offered under the Master’s Programs by Civil & Environmental Engineering Department

November 10, 2006

Working engineers and engineering students now have another way to increase their skills and advancement opportunities because of knowledge they gain in new graduate tracks in Construction Engineering or Construction Management under the existing master’s degree programs provided by the Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at The University of Texas at Arlington.

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Civil Engineering now offers emphasis areas in Construction Engineering or Construction Management and will focus on engineering aspects such as construction research; completion of a thesis is required. The Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Construction Management is targeted towards practicing engineers who will use this new graduate area to improve their knowledge in application aspects of construction; no thesis is required.

The new tracks were developed by Dr. Mohammad Najafi, P.E., in cooperation with several other faculty members in the CEE department. Dr. Najafi is a noted authority in trenchless technologies, utilized in pipeline construction and renewal of underground pipelines and public utilities. “There is a tremendous need for construction engineers and managers,” said Dr. Najafi. “These new graduate areas will help knowledgeable graduates gain quick employment and also bring current engineers up-to-date on new methods and materials.”

Thirteen students are currently enrolled in a new construction course taught this semester by Dr. Najafi. Professor Nur Yazdani, chair of the department, reports that local engineering firms and members of the CEE Industrial Advisory Committee were driving forces behind the development of the programs.

Construction is the largest industry in the nation, employing 10 million workers and supplying some $800 billion to the economy, roughly 10% of the GDP.