Faculty: Professors Benson (chair), Adams, Anderson, Bahia, Cramer, Edil, Hanna, Hoopes, Hurley, Noguera, Oliva, Park, Potter, Ran, Russell, Schauer; Associate Professors Ginder-Vogel, Harrington, Karthikeyan, Long, McMahon, Noyce, Pedersen, Pincheira, Wu; Assistant Professors Fratta, Holloway, Loheide II, Menassa, Remucal
The aim of the civil and environmental engineering program is to develop leaders in education, industry, and government who can use their acquired skills to improve society. The program provides a comprehensive framework of courses in the broad area of civil and environmental engineering with opportunities to develop specialized expertise. It also emphasizes the development of integrated teamwork abilities, communication, leadership, and creative research skills. Graduate study in the department offers an opportunity to undertake advanced study and research in various areas of specialization. Areas include:
Students may also pursue studies in the broad fields of environmental engineering/science and systems analysis. Areas of specialization are organized into a constructed facilities division (including transportation engineering, geo-spatial information engineering, structural engineering, construction engineering and management, pavement engineering, and geotechnical engineering) and an environmental engineering division (including geoenvironmental engineering, environmental fluid mechanics and water resources engineering, environmental science and technology, and water chemistry).
Degrees require a coordinated core program of courses, selected from CEE and other department/program offerings. Graduate degree programs closely associated with the department include environmental chemistry and technology, water resources management, geological engineering, land resources, and limnology and marine science.
In support of the instructional and research programs are laboratory facilities for geographic and land information systems, photogrammetry, and remote sensing; highway materials; transportation systems; soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering; coastal and hydraulic engineering; environmental fluid mechanics; and environmental engineering processes and engineering chemistry. Additional facilities for structural, geoenvironmental, and geotechnical research are available in the Structures and Materials Testing Laboratory. Water resources engineering, environmental engineering, and water chemistry have additional research facilities in the Water Science and Engineering Laboratory on the shore of Lake Mendota. The Environmental Engineering Field Laboratory is located at the Nine-Springs Madison Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Master's degree candidates choose from two options for their programs of study: the 24-credit thesis program (Program A), or the 30-credit advanced independent-study program (Program B). Applicants who do not have a bachelor's degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program or from a recognized international institution may also pursue a master's degree in civil and environmental engineering (Program C). Program C requires at least 40 credits of graduate work of which at least 30 credits must be in civil and environmental engineering. Selection of a program depends on the candidate's educational objectives.
Students pursuing a Ph.D. degree develop their academic program in consultation with their advisor on an individual basis, reflecting their previous academic work, experience, and goals. In-depth, advanced coursework in a major departmental area is required. Students must also complete a minor of 10-12 credits outside the major program. Satisfactory completion of qualifying, preliminary, and thesis defense examinations is required.
Students working toward the Ph.D. degree and majoring in another department may take a minor in civil and environmental engineering. The minor professor for each student is selected by mutual agreement between professor and student, or by arrangements made with the help of the department chair. The student, in consultation with the minor professor, selects a program of related courses and/or research work of not less than 9 credits. The program must receive faculty approval.
All applicants must meet the Graduate School's admission requirements to be considered for admission. In addition, applicants must also meet the department's more stringent admission requirements listed below to be considered for admission:
Financial support is available through fellowships, project/program assistantships (PA), research assistantships (RA), and teaching assistantships (TA). Applicants apply for financial support when filling out the Graduate School Application Form.
For more information: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2205 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-265-5570.; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.engr.wisc.edu/cee.
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