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Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics: Graduate Programs

Overview: 

The Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (CEEM)  is active in research in the general areas of Engineering Mechanics, Geomechanics/Geotechnical, Highway and Transportation, Hydraulics and Water Resources, and Structures. 

The Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics offers the following graduate programs:

1. ME in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
2. MS in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
3. PhD in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

All programs can include a mix of course work and research, leading eventually to a course work only degree, a thesis or dissertation degree. The course work provides a firm foundation in mechanics, mathematics physics and chemistry and their use in civil engineering and engineering mechanics. Student research is pursued in conjunction with a faculty

Because the CEEM Department involves a great number of interdisciplinary areas, it collaborates with various other Departments such as Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Mining and Geological Engineering, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Hydrology and Water Resources, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics and Optical Sciences. This environment provides excellent research opportunities toward solution of complex and modern engineering problems.advisor, and can be carried out in any of the fields of active research in the Department.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

ME in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

MS in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

By completing the MS program, students are expect to:

1.  Gain state of-the-art knowledge and master state-of-the practice skills of their CEEM sub-discipline.

2.  Complete complex analysis and design of systems

3.  Communicate those ides through written and verbal communication

4.  Researching problems independently

PhD in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

By completing the PhD program, students are expect to:

1.  Gain state of-the-art knowledge and master state-of-the practice skills of their CEEM sub-discipline.

2.  Complete complex analysis and design of systems

3.  Communicate those ides through written and verbal communication

4.  Researching problems independently

5.  Similar expertise in minor field

6.  Conduct independent research and make a contribution of new knowledge

Assessment Activities: 

The diversity of study within CEEM underscores the difficulty in defining a common set of assessment activities.  Therefore, we rely on traditional graduate school tools and measures and, in many cases, depend upon faculty to recognize and evaluate quality.

Masters Program

To demonstrate proficiency in their subject, ME and MS candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA greater than 3.0 to graduate.  Class activities support achieving the first two learning outcome of mastering knowledge and applying it in analysis and design.  In particular, independent course projects demonstrate a student' mastery.  They also provide a means to evaluate written, and in some cases, oral communication skills.  We have not instituted a cumulative exam for either the ME or MS degree.

MS students are required to complete and defend a thesis or report.  This activity covers the full spectrum of outcomes including an oral defense.  Reports are technical studies in which the student the student independently applies state-of-the-art knowledge to a practical problem.  Thesis research is generally a new direction or new application of an existing technology.  Both efforts require a literature summary to understand context of the work in broader field.  Thesis projects are often published a part or wholly as technical papers in peer-reviewed proceedings or professional journals.

 

By completion of the MS program in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, a student will:

Assessment Activities

Outcome 1: In-depth knowledge in a  specialty area

Outcome 2: Conduct original research with guidance

Outcome 3: Effectively communicate ideas and results

Course completion

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Written report/thesis (report/thesis option)

 

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Oral defense (thesis/report option)

 

 

X

Exit survey

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CEEM MS Student Exit Survey

 

Doctoral Program

For the doctoral degree, students must successfully complete the following activities:

  • Qualifying exam that measures knowledge of breadth in civil engineering and engineering mechanics and depth in one area through the MS level (within 1st year of study)
  • Comprehensive exam to exam the ability to
  •         formulate a research plan leading toward development of fundamental knowledge,
  •         convey that plan in written proposal and oral presentation and
  •         demonstrate mastery of major and minor areas
  • Dissertation defense to document the candidate's new contribution and their ability to present written form and orally

These activities have strong correspondence to our learning outcomes.

Assessment Activities

Outcome 1: CEEM fundamental knowledge

Outcome 2: Critical review/analysis of literature

Outcome 3: Conduct in-depth original research

Outcome 4: Effectively communicate ideas and results

Complete course work

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Graduate seminar

 

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PhD qualifying exam

X

 

 

 

Comprehensive Exam: proposal defense

 

X

 

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Dissertation

 

X

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Dissertation oral defense

 

 

 

X

Journal article requirement: at least two papers submitted with advisor

 

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Exit survey

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CEEM PhD Program Assessment via Oral and Final Defense

CEEM PhD Student Exit Survey

 

Assessment Findings: 

The diversity of study within CEEM underscores the dificulty in defining a common set of assessment activities

Updated date: Tue, 08/04/2015 - 15:53