Department of Civil Engineering

Bingham Building (7201)
Phone: 216-368-2950; Fax: 216-368-5229
Xiangwu (David) Zeng, Ph.D., Professor and Chair


Programs in Environmental, Geotechnical, and Structural Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management, and Engineering Mechanics

Civil engineering is concerned with the environment and with the planning, design, and construction of facilities for meeting the needs of modern society. Examples of such facilities are transportation systems, schools and office buildings, bridges, dams, land reclamation projects, water treatment and distribution systems, commercial buildings, and industrial plants. Civil engineers can choose from a broad spectrum of opportunities in industry and consulting practice as well as research and development in firms in which civil engineers often participate as owners or partners. Employment can be found among a wide variety of industrial, governmental, construction, and private consulting organizations. There is a large demand for civil engineers nationally. The program at Case Western Reserve University is built around small classes, good faculty-student relationships and advising, and a program flexible enough to meet students’ personal career aims.

The Department of Civil Engineering of the Case School of Engineering offers an accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with courses in almost all the traditional civil engineering subjects. The graduate program offers the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in structures, engineering mechanics, geotechnical and environmental engineering. A cooperative education program involving participating engineering firms is available for both undergraduate and graduate students.

An active research program gives the students opportunities to participate in projects related to design, analysis, and testing. Projects are in areas such as computational mechanics, probabilistic design, bridges, dynamics and wind engineering, response of concrete and steel structures, fracture mechanics, static and dynamic behavior of soils, earthquake engineering, subsurface and ex situ remediation, colloid behavior in environmental systems, and contaminated sediment dynamics.

Mission Statement and Objectives

The Civil Engineering Department developed its own mission statement and educational objectives that are consistent with those of the Engineering School. This process involved the entire Civil Engineering faculty and the Civil Engineering Development Committee. It was conducted during regular faculty meetings and special meetings called for this purpose. It is an ongoing process. Mission Statement:

Our mission is to prepare students for leadership roles in civil and environmental engineering. The department will provide facilities and research expertise to advance the state of the civil engineering profession within the mission of the Case School of Engineering. Students will be taught to address problems building on solid technical foundations while taking advantage of advanced technologies. Our graduates will adhere to high technical and ethical standards, in service to the public. Graduates will be prepared for the pursuit of advanced learning in civil engineering and related fields, as well as for the practice of civil and environmental engineering at the highest professional levels.

Program Objectives

The ECIV program committed itself to the establishment of a new set of Program Educational Objectives. In consultation with our stakeholders, the following reconstituted set of Program Educational Objectives has been established:


Xiangwu (David) Zeng, Ph.D.
(Cambridge University)

Professor and Chair
Geotechnical earthquake engineering; centrifuge modeling; foundation vibration

Dario A. Gasparini, Ph.D.
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Structures; wind and earthquake engineering; applied random processes; history of engineering

Arthur A. Huckelbridge, D.Eng.
(University of California, Berkeley), P.E.

Structures; design and dynamics; earthquake engineering; bridge engineering

Aaron A. Jennings, Ph.D.
(University of Massachusetts), P.E.

Environmental and geoenvironmental engineering; groundwater contamination; hazardous waste management; uncertainty analysis for environmental models

Robert L. Mullen, Ph.D.
(Northwestern University), P.E.

Frank H. Neff Professor
Computational mechanics; finite elements; boundary elements.

Vassilis P. Panoskaltsis, Ph.D.
(University of California, Berkeley)

Associate Professor
Constitutive modeling of civil engineering materials; thermomechanics of solids; viscoelasticity, plasticity, damage mechanics; fatigue; computational mechanics

Adel S. Saada, Ph.D.
(Princeton University), P.E,

Mechanics of materials; static and dynamic mechanical behavior of soils; foundation engineering

Xiong (Bill) Yu, Ph.D.
(Purdue University), P.E

Assistant Professor
Geotechnical engineering; infrastructure; construction material testing; information technology


J. Ludwig Figueroa, Ph.D.
(University of Illinois)

Professor Emeritus


Cynthia Collyard, Adjunct Instructor
Philip DeSantis, Adjunct Professor
Dan Ghiocel, Adjunct Professor
Samuel S. Jeyanayagam, Adjunct Professor
Kenneth L. Klika, Adjunct Professor
Winston Perera, Adjunct Professor
Mark D. Rokoff, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Randall H. Rudderman, Adjunct Professor
John Stevenson, Adjunct Professor
Kirk C. Valanis, Adjunct Professor
Erwin V. Zaretsky, Adjunct Professor

Undergraduate Program

The faculty of the civil engineering department believe very strongly that undergraduate education should prepare students to be productive engineers upon receiving the degree. For this reason, particular emphasis in undergraduate teaching is placed on the application of engineering principles to the solution of problems. After completing a broad civil engineering core program undergraduate students must choose an elective sequence in one of the areas of civil engineering of particular interest, such as structural, geotechnical or environmental engineering; construction management or engineering mechanics.

In order to provide undergraduates with experience in industry, the department attempts to arrange summer jobs for the three summers between their semesters at Case Western Reserve University. By working for organizations in all areas of design and construction, students can gain an invaluable knowledge of the way the industry functions. This experience lets them gain more from their education and makes them more attractive to prospective employers upon graduation.

A cooperative education program is also available, which requires the student to spend two full semesters working full-time in an engineering capacity with a contractor, consulting engineer, architect, or materials supplier during the course of his or her education. The aim of the program is to enable students to make their education more meaningful by gaining familiarity with the industry they will work in after graduation and to help students finance their education.

The undergraduate program in civil engineering at Case Western Reserve University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: 410-347-7700.

The curriculum has been designed so that the student chooses a sequence of four (4) or more approved elective courses. The sequence is intended to give students the chance to pursue in some depth a particular area related to their careers as civil engineers. Samples of courses from which elective sequences could be chosen follow the civil engineering curriculum in this bulletin. In addition, the students are required to do a senior project in their area of interest.

Students enrolled in other majors may elect to pursue a minor in civil engineering or in environmental engineering. Department approval and a minimum of 15 credit hours are required.

Most classes at Case Western Reserve University are small, and the student has close contact with the faculty. Students have an opportunity to gain practical experience as well as earn a supplemental income by assisting faculty members on consulting work during vacation periods.

Cooperative Education is a formalized academic program which enables students to alternate classroom studies with career-based experiences in industry. Cooperative Education is an extension of the classroom. It is a learning experience designed to integrate classroom theory with practical experience and professional development.


Program Outcomes


As preparation for meeting the above program objectives, the Department of Civil Engineering provides an undergraduate program designed that students attain:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics (including differential equations) science (including calculus-based physics and general chemistry and one additional area of science
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data in more than one area of civil engineering
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility and the role of civil engineers in providing for the safety and well-being of the general public
  7. an ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice and the design of functional civil engineering facilities
  12. proficiency in probability and statistics, as applied to civil engineering design and planning issues
  13. an understanding of professional practice issues, including the role of civil engineering design and management professionals in the construction process, public policy and leadership
  14. and understanding of the importance of professional licensure and the ethical use of a professional license



Structural Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

Engineering Mechanics

Environmental Engineering

Construction Engineering & Management


Two of the four elective courses must be from within civil engineering.



Students enrolled in other majors may elect to pursue a minor in Civil Engineering. A minimum of 15 credit hours is required, as follows:

Required Course

ENGR 200, Statics and Strength of Materials (3)

Select a minimum of 12 credit hours from one of the following areas (approval of the department is required):

Solid Mechanics

Structural & Geotechnical Engineering

Construction Engineering and Management


Two of the courses must be

Two or more courses chosen from

ACCT 303, BAFI 355, BLAW 329, ECON 361, LHRP 251, LHRP 311.


Select a minimum of 15 credit hours from the following list of courses (approval of the department is required):


Environmental Engineering

Computer use is an integral part of the civil engineering curriculum. From required courses in computer programming and numerical analysis to subsequent use and development of civil engineering programs, the student fully utilizes the computer as a planning, analysis, design, and managerial tool.

All sequences are constructed to provide a balance of marketable skills and theoretical bases for further growth. With departmental approval other sequences can be developed to meet students’ needs.

Graduate Program in Civil Engineering

The graduate programs in structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, engineering mechanics and environmental engineering prepare students for careers in industry, professional practice, research and teaching. Experience has shown that job opportunities are excellent for students who receive advanced degrees in civil engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Recent advanced degree recipients have found positions in universities, consulting firms, petroleum companies, plant design firms, and aerospace firms, among others.

Each student’s program of course work and research is tailored to his or her interests, in close consultation with the faculty advisor. For students working toward the Master of Science degree there are two possible plans, A and B. In plan A, a research thesis is required. In plan B, a project and additional course work are substituted for the thesis. For students working toward the Doctor of Philosophy degree a research thesis is required.


Graduate Program in Engineering Mechanics

The graduate program in engineering mechanics prepares the students for a career in research and analysis in solid and computational mechanics. Courses in mechanics of solids, applied plasticity, damage mechanics, viscoelasticity, viscoplasticity, stability, dynamics, finite elements and boundary integral methods, computational mechanics, constitutive methods, fracture mechanics, plates and shells give the student the necessary knowledge and skill to study the behavior of modern materials and structures as well as advance the state of the art. For more information contact the chair of the Department of Civil Engineering.


Bingham Structures Laboratory

The major component of this laboratory is a 14-foot by 60-foot structural test slab, which is the top flange of a 12-foot deep reinforced concrete box girder. Load and tiedown points are provided by 3-inch diameter holes spaced at 2-foot centers. Loading is accomplished by hydraulic jacks. The laboratory also contains 200k, 50k, 25k universal testing machines, and two (2) 55k MTS hydraulic actuators with a controller and a separate hydraulic service manifold system.

Strength of Materials Laboratory

This laboratory is equipped with two (2) MTS servo-hydraulic materials test systems. Capabilities include: fracture toughness evaluation of various materials, crack growth kinetics under different loading histories, and microstructural damage analysis and micromechanics studies. The second MTS unit is capable of applying simultaneous axial and torsional loads. An environmental chamber is available. There is equipment available for fracture surface characterization and image analysis and a grinding-polishing unit.

Bingham Concrete Laboratory

A concrete laboratory is available for undergraduate instruction. A 100 percent humidity room is available for curing concrete specimens. Other equipment includes a concrete mixer, screening equipment, an air entrainment meter, facilities for prestressing specimens, and a 400k axial compression machine.

Engineering Laboratory

This laboratory is one in a suite of new laboratories that support environmental engineering teaching and research. The facilities include a teaching laboratory, an advanced instrumentation laboratory, a remediation research laboratory and an electronic classroom/software laboratory. The Environmental Engineering laboratory is equipped for conventional Standard Methods analysis of water, wastewater, soil, solid waste and air samples (pH meters, furnaces, ovens, incubators, hoods, etc.) and for aerobic microbiology work. The lab also offers generous bench top space for student teams to explore laboratory procedures and provides direct access to research, instrumentation, and computational facilities.

Environmental Instrumentation Laboratory

This laboratory is equipped for state-of-the-art analysis of environmental contaminants. The room supports a computer controlled Dionex DX-500 IC/HPLC system, a computer controlled Varian SPECTRAA 200/SIPS 10 (flame & furnace) AA system, and a computer controlled Hewlett Packard 6890 GC/MS analysis system for organic and inorganic pollutant analysis. Where appropriate, machines have been equipped with autosamplers to improve productivity.

Remediation Research and Colloid Science Laboratory

This laboratory is designed to support physical research on the applied science and design of remediation engineering and the analysis of colloidal particles. The laboratory provides a modeling floor for the assembly of laboratory scale remediation schemes, and provides immediate access to instrumentation and computational facilities for data analysis.

Soil Mechanics Laboratory

This laboratory has a full array of both instructional and research units; notable are automated triaxial units for generalized extension and compression tests, units permitting simultaneous application of hydrostatic, axial, and torsional static and dynamic stresses, a cubical device for true triaxial testing, units by means of which one-dimensional consolidation in the triaxial cell can be automatically achieved, and various pore pressure force and deformation measuring devices. Tests are monitored and instantly evaluated by data acquisition-computer systems. Also available is a longitudinal and torsional resonant column device and a large size oedometer equipped with bender elements. The laboratory has a SP2000 high speed camera to study dynamic phenomena. A 20 g-tons fully automated centrifuge with a servo-hydraulic earthquake shaker is in operation. The laboratory has a full set of equipment for TDR tests.

Neff Civil Engineering Undergraduate Computer Laboratory

This laboratory provides Civil Engineering students with access to all the computer resources needed for both course work and research. The laboratory is supplemented by other facilities provided by the university. The Neff Laboratory has Pentium class computers running Windows/XP operating system. All of the computers in the Neff lab can act as independent workstations or provide access via a fiber optic link to other campus computers.

Computational Mechanics Laboratory

This laboratory includes workstations running UNIX, for graduate instructional and research use. The workstations are connected to the network via a fiber optic link.



Research under way in civil engineering includes work in analytical, design and experimental areas and is sponsored by industry, state, and federal government sources. Major areas of research interest are:

Civil Engineering Course Descriptions (ECIV)

ECIV 160. Surveying and Computer Graphics (3)
Principles and practice of surveying; error analysis, topographic mapping, introduction to photogrammetry and GIS; principles of graphics; computer-aided-drafting. Laboratory.

ECIV 211. Civil Engineering Materials (3)
Steel, concrete, wood, masonry, and fiber-reinforced plastic. Experiments, advanced reading, and field trips. Strength, stiffness, ductility, and other properties of materials. Experiments on the flexural, compressive, and shear behavior of structural elements. Laboratory. Recommended preparation: Concurrent enrollment in ECIV 310.

ECIV 300. Undergraduate Research (3)
Research conducted under the supervision of a sponsoring Civil Engineering faculty member. Research can be done on an independent topic or as part of an established on-going research activity. The student will prepare a written report on the results of the research. Course may fulfill one technical elective requirement.

ECIV 310. Strength of Materials (3)
Mechanical properties of materials, deformations, stresses, stains and their transformation. Torsion of structural and machine elements, pressure vessels and beams under combined loading. Deflection and statically indeterminate beams. Energy methods and column stability. Prereq: ENGR 200.

ECIV 320. Structural Analysis I (3)
Static, linear, structural analysis of trusses and frames for member forces and displacements; stiffness and flexibility formulations. Behavior of statically determinate and indeterminate systems. Kinematic mechanism limit state analysis of trusses and frames. Recommended preparation: ECIV 310. Prereq: ENGR 200.

ECIV 321. Structural Analysis II (3)
Stiffness and flexibility formulations for plane frames, grids, and space frames and matrix methods. Mechanism limit state analysis of frames. Introduction to nonlinear analysis and stability. Structural behavior of arches, cable networks, and other structural systems. Prereq: ECIV 320.

ECIV 322. Structural Design I (3)
Professional role of a structural engineer. Professional and legal responsibilities. Design of structures, beams, columns, beam-columns, and connections. Structures of steel and reinforced concrete. Recommended preparation: ECIV 320.

ECIV 323. Structural Design II (3)
Continuation of ECIV 322. Collapse limit state analysis/design, torsion of concrete members, reinforcing steel details, compression reinforced flexural members, two-way slabs, slender columns, torsion of steel members, lateral and local buckling of steel members, plate girders, intro to prestressed concrete design and timber design. Recommended preparation: ECIV 320 and ECIV 322.

ECIV 330. Soil Mechanics (4)
The physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of soils. Soil classification, capillarity, permeability, and flow nets. One dimensional consolidation, stress and settlement analysis. Shear strength, stability of cuts, and design of embankments, retaining walls and footings. Standard laboratory tests performed for the determination of the physical and mechanical properties of soils. Laboratory. Recommended preparation: ECIV 310.

ECIV 340. Construction Management (3)
Selected topics in construction management including specifications writing, contract documents, estimating, materials and labor, bidding procedures and scheduling techniques. The course is augmented by guest lecturers from local industries.

ECIV 341. Construction Scheduling and Estimating (3)
The focus is on scheduling, and estimating and bidding for public and private projects. This includes highways as well as industrial and building construction. The use of computers with the latest software in estimating materials, labor, equipment, overhead and profit is emphasized. Recommended preparation: ECIV 340 and consent of instructor.

ECIV 351. Engineering Hydraulics and Hydrology (3)
Application of fluid statics and dynamics to Civil Engineering Design. Hydraulic machinery, pipe network analysis, thrust, hammer, open channel flow, sewer system design, culverts, flow gauging, retention/detention basin design. Applied hydrology, hydrograph analysis and hydraulic routing will also be introduced. Recommended preparation: Concurrent enrollment in ENGR 225.

ECIV 360. Civil Engineering Systems (3)
Decision-making methods in civil engineering. Engineering economics. Linear and nonlinear programming; planning, scheduling, and CPM methods. Probability and reliability analysis for decisions with risk and uncertainty.

ECIV 361. Water Resources Engineering (3)
Water doctrine, probabilistic analysis of hydrologic data, common and rare event analysis, flood forecasting and control, reservoir design, hydrologic routing, synthetic streamflow generation, hydroelectric power, water resource quality, water resources planning. Recommended preparation: ECIV 351.

ECIV 362. Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (3)
Origin, characterization and magnitude of solid and hazardous waste. Solid and hazardous waste regulation. Methods of waste disposal. Techniques for waste reclamation and recycling. Waste management planning.

ECIV 368. Environmental Engineering (3)
Principle and practice of environmental engineering. Water and waste water engineering unit operations and processes including related topics from industrial waste disposal, air pollution and environmental health.

ECIV 370. Unit Operations and Processes in Environmental Engineering (3)
Physical, chemical, and biological operations and processes for the treatment of water supplies and municipal, industrial, and hazardous waste streams. Emphasis will be given to theoretical understanding and analysis of the involved processes and the design of treatment operations. Laboratory. Recommended preparation: ECIV 368.

ECIV 396. Civil Engineering Special Topics I (1 - 3)
Special topics in civil engineering in which a regular course is not available. Conferences and report.

ECIV 397. Civil Engineering Topics II (3)
Special topics in civil engineering in which a regular course is not available. Conferences and report.

ECIV 398. Civil Engineering Senior Project (3)
A project emphasizing research and/or design must be completed by all civil engineers. Requirements include periodic reporting of progress, plus a final oral presentation and written report. SAGES Senior Cap

ECIV 400T. Graduate Teaching I (0)
This series of three courses will provide Ph.D. students with practical experience in teaching at the university level and will expose them to effective teaching methods. Each course assignment will be organized in coordination with the student’s dissertation advisor and the department chair. Assignments will successively require more contact with students, with duties approaching the teaching requirements of a faculty member in the Ph.D. student’s area of study. Prereq: Ph.D. students in Civil Engineering.

ECIV 405. Solid Mechanics I (3)
Kinematics of deformation. Balance principles. The concept of stress. Consistent linearization. The concept of invariance in mechanics of solids. Variational principles. The principle of virtual work. Hyperelasticity. Application to Boundary Value Problems. Recommended preparation: ECIV 310 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

ECIV 406. Constitutive Modeling Theories (3)
Review of continuum mechanics. Application of theories of thermodynamics to the development of consistent constitutive models. Fundamentals in physics of deformation and fracture. Identification and rheological classification of real solids. Constitutive equations for thermoelastic, plastic, viscoplastic, linear and nonlinear viscoelastic solids. Internal variables. Strain and stress space formulations. Micromechanical considerations. Relation to experimental results. Effects of anisotropy and inhomogeneity. Temperature effects. Gradient and nonlocal theories. Uniqueness theorems. Extremum and variational principles. Stability. Recommended preparation: ECIV 405 or consent of instructor.

ECIV 411. Elasticity, Theory and Applications (3)
General analysis of deformation, strain, and stress. Elastic stress-strain relations and formulation of elasticity problems. Solution of elasticity problems by potentials. Simple beams. The torsion problem. Thick cylinders, disks, and spheres. Energy principle and introduction to variational methods. Elastic stability. Matrix and tensor notations gradually introduced, then used throughout the course. Recommended preparation: ECIV 310 or equivalent.

ECIV 420. Finite Element Analysis (3)
Computational methods for treating material and geometric nonlinearities. Finite Element, Finite Difference and Boundary element methods. Transient analysis methods, alternative mesh descriptions: Lagrangian, Eulerian, and arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian. Generalized finite element methods and particle methods. Applications to advanced problems in mechanics. Recommended preparation: ECIV 310 or consent of instructor.

ECIV 421. Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design (3)
Properties of plain and reinforced concrete, ultimate strength of reinforced concrete structural elements, flexural and shear design of beams, bond and cracking, torsion, moment redistribution, limit analysis, yield line analysis of slabs, direct design and equivalent frame method, columns, fracture mechanics concepts. Recommended preparation: ECIV 322 and consent of instructor.

ECIV 422. Advanced Structural Steel Design (3)
Selected topics in structural steel design including plastic design, torsion, lateral buckling, torsional-flexural buckling, frame stability, plate girders, and connections, including critical review of current design specifications relating to these topics. Recommended preparation: ECIV 322.

ECIV 423. Prestressed Concrete Design (3)
Design of prestressed concrete structures, mechanical behavior of concrete suitable for prestressing and prestressing steels, load balancing, partial prestressing, prestressing losses, continuous beams, prestressed slab design, columns. Recommended preparation: ECIV 323 or ECIV 421 and consent of instructor.

ECIV 424. Structural Dynamics (3)
Modeling of structures as single and multidegree of freedom dynamic systems. The eigenvalue problem, damping, and the behavior of dynamic systems. Deterministic models of dynamic loads such as wind and earthquakes. Analytical methods, including modal, response spectrum, time history, and frequency domain analyses. Recommended preparation: ECIV 321 and consent of instructor.

ECIV 425. Structural Design for Dynamic Loads (3)
Structural design problems in which dynamic excitations are of importance. Earthquake, wind, blast, traffic, and machinery excitations. Human sensitivity to vibration, mechanical behavior of structural elements under dynamic excitation, earthquake response and earthquake-resistant design, wind loading, damping in structures, hysteretic energy dissipation, and ductility requirements. Recommended preparation: ECIV 424.

ECIV 426. Structural Reliability (3)
Introduction to probability and random variables. Probability models for structural loads and strength. Estimation of the reliability of structures. Simulation methods. Reliability-based structural design.

ECIV 430. Foundation Engineering (3)
Subsoil exploration. Various types of foundations for structures, their design and settlement performance, including spread and combined footings, mats, piers, and piles. Design of sand-drain installations and earth-retaining structures including retaining walls, sheet piles, and cofferdams. Case studies. Recommended preparation: ECIV 330.

ECIV 431. Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering (3)
In situ test methods. Standard Penetration Test (SPT), Cone Penetration Test (CPT), pressuremeter, vane shear test, dilatometer, seismic methods, electromagnetic methods, and electrical methods. Geotechnical field instrumentation. Measurement of load, stress, pore pressure, and deformation in the field. Stress wave theory, pile driving analysis, pavement condition survey. Recommended preparation: ECIV 330

ECIV 432. Mechanical Behavior of Soils (3)
Soil statics and stresses in a half space-tridimensional consolidation and sand drain theory; stress-strain relations and representations with rheological models. Critical state and various failure theories and their experimental justification for cohesive and noncohesive soils. Laboratory measurement of rheological properties, pore water pressures, and strength under combined stresses. Laboratory. Recommended preparation: ECIV 330.

ECIV 433. Soil Dynamics (3)
I-DOF and M-DOF dynamics; wave propagation theory; dynamic soil properties. Foundation vibrations, design of machine foundations. Seismology; elastic and elastoplastic response spectra, philosophy of earthquake-resistant design. One and two-dimensional soil amplification, liquefaction, dynamic settlement. Soil-structure interaction during earthquakes. Recommended preparation: ECIV 330 and consent of instructor.

ECIV 435. Rock Mechanics and Design (3)
Physical properties and classification of intact rock and rock masses, rock exploration, engineering properties of rock, stresses in rock near underground openings. Rock tunneling, rock slope stability, bolting, blasting, grouting and rock foundation design. Recommended preparation: ECIV 330.

ECIV 437. Pavement Analysis and Design (3)
Analysis and design of rigid and flexible airfield and highway pavements. Pavement evaluation and rehabilitations, overlay design. Recommended preparation: ECIV 330.

ECIV 451. Infrastructure Engineering Practice (3)
Case studies presenting significant accomplishments in infrastructure engineering presented by distinguished practicing engineers. Case studies will examine the historical development of our infrastructure, assessing cultural value of our built environment, alternate infrastructure models, public empowerment, sustainability, stewardship, financing, legal issues, and concepts for future development of infrastructure systems. Students will write environmental and cultural assessments of specific infrastructure projects.

ECIV 452. Infrastructure Aging and Assessment Technologies (4)
Mechanical, thermal, and electrochemical processes that cause degradation of our built infrastructure. Reinforced concrete carbonation and freezing and thawing; fatigue, brittle fracture, and corrosion of steel; weathering of masonry; degradation of asphalt pavements; deterioration of underground systems; aging of polymer-based construction products such as sealants and coatings. Assessment technologies, including non-destructive testing and mathematical modeling. Laboratory and field experiences.

ECIV 453. Infrastructure Rehabilitation Design (4)
Rehabilitation materials and systems; mechanical, electrochemical, thermal, environmental, and aesthetic criteria for decision-making; design principles; specifications and control of construction processes; rehabilitation case studies. Application to structures, pipelines, pavements, and drainage systems.

ECIV 454. Modeling Infrastructure Systems (4)
Examination of the properties that distinguish infrastructure performance models from more traditional engineering analysis models. Infrastructure software implementation strategies. Application of existing models to problems such as water distribution systems, mass transport, pavement management, and brownfield redevelopment. Development of new models to address infrastructure performance and sustainability.

ECIV 455. Infrastructure Engineering Decision Making (3)
Aspects of decision theory applied to infrastructure systems. Review of probability and statistics, engineering economics, cost-benefit analysis, impact of social, historical, environmental and government policies on decisions. Emergency management and security considerations. Methods of project financing; asset management and asset optimization.

ECIV 456. Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (3)
Topics on smart infrastructure systems; smart materials fabrication, embedded sensing technology for infrastructure condition monitoring, the system models for infrastructural condition diagnosing and adaptive controlling, and spatial-temporal integrated infrastructure management system.

ECIV 460. Environmental Remediation (3)
Evolution of proactive environmental engineering to recover contaminated air, water, and soil environments. Lake and river remediation, contaminated sediments, indoor air quality, chemical spills, underground storage tanks, contaminated soils, solid and hazardous waste sites, superfund remediation. Recommended preparation: ECIV 368 or consent of instructor.

ECIV 500T. Graduate Teaching II (0)
This series of three courses will provide Ph.D. students with practical experience in teaching at the university level and will expose them to effective teaching methods. Each course assignment will be organized in coordination with the student’s dissertation advisor and the department chair. Assignments will successively require more contact with students, with duties approaching the teaching requirements of a faculty member in the Ph.D. student’s area of study. Prereq: Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering.

ECIV 505. Solid Mechanics II - Advanced Elasticity (3)
Boundary value problems in linear and nonlinear elasticity using complex variables, Green’s functions, and integral transform techniques; thermoelasticity; wave propagation; micromechanics and the equivalent inclusion method; dislocations; composite materials; thin films; energy methods. Recommended preparation: ECIV 405 or consent of instructor.

ECIV 510. Computational Mechanics (3)
Computational methods for treating material and geometric nonlinearities. Finite element, finite difference, and boundary element methods. Generalized finite element and particle methods. Applications to advanced problems in mechanics. Recommended preparation: ECIV 406, ECIV 420, ECIV 505, or consent of instructor.

ECIV 520. Random Processes in Engineering (3)
Random vectors and second moment theory. Time and frequency domain characterization of random processes and fields. Poisson and Markov processes. Random vibration. The first passage problem. Digital simulation of random processes and analysis of time series. Applications focus on stochastic models for phenomena such as earthquakes, wind turbulence, ocean waves, traffic flow, and others related to civil engineering.

ECIV 521. Stochastic Materials Behavior (3)
Applications of random processes to characterization of material structure; elements of quantitative stereology; micromechanical stochastic modeling of stress-strain behavior and static strength; modeling of fatigue strength and crack growth; stochastic simulation of material structure and deformation processes. Recommended preparation: ECIV 405 or ECIV 411, ECIV 520 or consent of instructor.

ECIV 560. Environmental Engineering Modeling (3)
Translation of the biology, chemistry and physics of environmental problems into mathematical models. Equilibrium and kinetic reaction systems, domain analysis. Lake, river and treatment process models. Convective, dispersive, reactive, sorptive, diffusive mass transport.Transport model calibration. Applications to bio-films, air pollution, spills, groundwater contamination.

ECIV 561. Groundwater Analysis (3)
Principles of mass transport through porous media, formulation of saturated and unsaturated flow equations in alternative coordinate systems, analytical and numerical solutions of flow equations, application of existing groundwater software, analysis of solute transport problems.

ECIV 584. Theory of Plasticity and Damage Mechanics (3)
The physics of plasticity and damage. Yield criteria, flow rules and hardening rules. Loading criteria. Proportional and non-proportional loading. Strain softening. Relation between elastic-plastic and rigid-plastic representations. Isotropic and kinematic linear and nonlinear hardening. Damage variables. Effective stress. Measurement of damage. Isotropic and nonisotropic damage. Plasticity coupled with damage. Boundary value problems. Dynamic problems. Applications to structural analysis, soil mechanics and metal forming. Recommended preparation: ECIV 405, ECIV 411 and consent or instructor.

ECIV 585. Fracture Mechanics (3)
Crack tip fields, stress intensity factors, singular solutions, energy changes with crack growth, cohesive zone models, fracture toughness, small scale yielding, experimental techniques, fracture criteria, J-integral, R-curve, fatigue cracks, fracture of composites, dynamic fracture. Recommended preparation: ECIV 405, ECIV 411 and consent of instructor.

ECIV 587. Advanced Mechanics Seminar (3)
Advanced topics in mechanics of solids. Thermodynamics with internal variables; thermoelasticity; plasticity; gradient theories; finite theories of plasticity; damage mechanics; endochronic plasticity; non-linear fracture mechanics; probabilistic mechanics. Recommended preparation: ECIV 406, ECIV 420, ECIV 505 or consent of instructor.

ECIV 600T. Graduate Teaching III (0)
This series of three courses will provide Ph.D. students with practical experience in teaching at the university level and will expose them to effective teaching methods. Each course assignment will be organized in coordination with student’s dissertation advisor and the department chair. Assignments will successively require more contact with students, with duties approaching the teaching requirements of a faculty member in the Ph.D. student’s area of study. Prereq: Ph.D. students in Civil Engineering.

ECIV 601. Independent Study (1 - 18)
Plan B.

ECIV 611. Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar (0)
Distinguished outside speakers present current research in various topics of Civil Engineering. Graduate students also present technical papers based on thesis research.

ECIV 650. Infrastructure Project (1 - 6)
Project based experience in the application of infrastructure engineering principles to a complex infrastructure system.

ECIV 651. Thesis M.S. (1 - 18)
Plan A.

ECIV 660. Special Topics (1 - 18)
Topics of special interest to students and faculty. Topics can be those covered in a regular course when the student cannot wait for the course to be offered.

ECIV 701. Dissertation Ph.D. (1 - 18)
Prereq: Predoctoral research consent or advanced to Ph.D. candidacy milestone.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree
Major in Civil Engineering


First Year (Class-Lab-Credit Hours)
Open elective (3-0-3)
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry for Engineers (4-0-4)
ENGR 131 Elementary Computer Programming (2-2-3)
FSCC 100 SAGES First Seminar (4-0-4)
MATH 121 Calculus for Science and Engineering I (4-0-4)
PHED 101 Physical Education Activities (0-3-0)
Total (17-5-18)

SAGES University Seminar I (3-0-3)
ENGR 145 Chemistry of Materials (4-0-4)
MATH 122 Calculus for Science and Engineering II (4-0-4)
PHED 102 Physical Education Activities (0-3-0)
PHYS 121 General Physics I. Mechanics (4-0-4)
Total (15-3-15)

Second Year
SAGES University Seminar II (3-0-3)
ECIV 160 Surveying and Computer Graphics (2-3-3)
EMAE 250 Computers in Mechanical Engineering a (3-2-3)
ENGR 200 Statics and Strength of Materials (3-0-3)
MATH 223 Calculus for Science and Engineering III (3-0-3)
PHYS 122 General Physics II. Electricity & Magnetism (4-0-4)
Total (17-5-19)

Humanities or Social Science (3-0-3)
ECIV 310 Strength of Materials (3-0-3)
EMAE 181 Dynamics (3-0-3)
ENGR 210 Introduction to Circuits and Instrumentation (3-2-4)
MATH 224 Elementary Differential Equations (3-0-3)
Total (15-2-16)

Third Year
Humanities or Social Science (3-0-3)
ECIV 211 Civil Engineering Materials (1-3-3)
ECIV 320 Structural Analysis I (3-0-3)
ENGL 398N Professional Communications for Engineers (3-0-3)
ENGR 225 Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer (3-0-4)
Total (13-3-16)

ECIV 322 Structural Design I (2-2-3)
ECIV 330 Soil Mechanics (3-2-4)
ECIV 351 Engineering Hydraulics and Hydrology (3-0-3)
ECIV 368 Environmental Engineering (2-2-3)
Approved elective b (3-0-3)
Total (13-6-16)

Fourth Year
Humanities or Social Science (3-0-3)
ECIV 340 Construction Management (3-0-3)
ECIV 398 Civil Engineering Senior Project (0-6-3)
Approved elective b (3-0-3)
Approved elective b (3-0-3)
Total (12-6-15)

Humanities or Social Science (3-0-3)
ECIV 360 Civil Engineering Systems (3-2-3)
PHYS 221 or approved Natural Sciences substitute (3-0-3)
Approved elective b (3-0-3)
Open elective (3-0-3)
Total (15-2-15)

Hours required for graduation: 130

a. May substitute EECS 251.
b. Must be part of an approved sequence.