Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
CE 501 Transportation Systems Engineering
The course focuses on transportation systems analysis and transportation demand modeling theory and application using TransCAD. Econometric theory and models for trip generation and transportation mode choice. Optimization theory and models for traffic assignment. Completion of term paper for CE501 credit.
CE 502 Traffic Operations
Highway capacity; traffic control systems; intelligent vehicle/highway systems; and other advanced topics. This course is open to undergrads as an engineering science elective.
CE 503 Highway Design
Corridor selection; highway alignment; design of roadsides, intersections and interchanges. Completion of research paper for students taking course for graduate credit. Credit will not be given for both CE 403 and CE 503.
CE 504 Airport Planning and Design
Analysis, planning and design of air transportation facilities.
CE 505 Railroad System Planning, Design, and Operation
Students will learn about railroad technology and how to plan, design, and operate rail systems especially the design of alignments, track, and terminals; and the operation of freight and passenger services [ranging from transit through commuter rail to intercity and high speed rail]. Field trips are involved during non-scheduled class time. Students must be able, if necessary, to provide their own transportation.
CE 509 Highway Safety
Methods to reduce collisions and injuries on highways. Identifying promising locations, choosing appropriate countermeasures, and evaluating past projects. Understanding the institutional context and establishing appropriate highway design standards.
CE 515 Advanced Strength of Materials
Fundamentals of stress, strain and deformation, linear elastic theory, elastic bodies: isotropic, anistropic and orthotropic constitutive equations; St. Venant's classical theory of torsion: non-circular bars, thin-walled open sections, thin-walled single-cell tubes, multi-cell thin-walled tubes; unsymmetric bending and transverse shear, shear flow and shear center in thin-walled sections, nonlinear beam, shear deformation of beams, curved beams; stress concentration, beams on elastic foundations, introduction to plasticity theory, and introduction to fracture mechanics.
CE 522 Theory and Design of Prestressed Concrete
Principles and concepts of design in prestressed concrete including elastic and ultimate strength analyses for flexure, shear, torsion, bond and deflection. Principles of concordancy and linear transformation for indeterminate prestressed structures.
CE 523 Theory and Behavior of Steel Structures
Bolted and welded connections subjected to eccentric shear and combined bending and shear; framed beam connections; fully restrained moment connections; beams subjected to torsion and combined bending and torsion; flexural, torsional, and flexural-torsional buckling of compression members; members subjected to combined bending and axial compression.
CE 524 Analysis and Design of Masonry Structures
To develop the techniques required for the design, analysis, and assessment of masonry structures. Particular emphasis will be placed on limit-states design and strength design. Seismic design requirements will be emphasized throughout the course. Masonry structures are popular around the world and their use in regions of high seismicity is extensive. If you can design a structure for seismic resistance, you will have the knowledge to tackle any loading scenario as seismic design requires an understanding of the non-linear behavior of structural systems.
CE 526 Finite Element Methods in Structural Engineering
Review of direct stiffness method; degrees of freedom; stiffness; assembly; transformation; analysis of solids through principle of virtual work; approximate stiffness through finite element shape functions; study of various finite elements including constant strain triangle and bilinear rectangle, their limitations and convergence issues; higher order elements, incompatible elements; isoparametric formulation and distorted elements; application of finite element analysis for solids and structures; modeling considerations and software use.
CE 527 Structural Dynamics
Analysis of single and multi-degree-of-freedom structures subjected to various types of excitations and initial conditions. Computational aspects of dynamic analysis. Introduction to approximate methods of analysis.
CE 528 Structural Design in Wood
The course covers the complete design of wood buildings, except for the foundations. By the end of the course, students will be able to determine gravity and lateral design loads (from ASCE 7-10 and IBC 2012), design structural elements and subassemblages for vertical loads (tension members, compression members, and beams), and design structural elements and subassemblages for lateral loads (beam-columns, horizontal diaphragms, and shearwalls). The course concludes with an introduction to nailed connections.
CE 529 FRP Strengthening and Repair of Concrete Structures
This course emphasizes the fundamental behavior of FRP strengthened/repaired reinforced concrete structures contributing towards sustainable and resilient civil infrastructure by extending the useful life of existing structures using advanced materials. As appropriate, reference is made to ACI440.2R-08: Guide for the Design and Construction of Externally Bonded FRP Systems for Strengthening Concrete Structures. The course material is applied to a practical strengthening design of a realistic reinforced concrete structure.
CE 530 Properties of Concrete and Advanced Cement-Based Composites
This course consists of three parts. In the first part, basic properties of hydraulic cements, aggregates, mixture proportioning, mineral and chemical admixtures, and placement and curing are discussed. The second part of this course deals with mechanical properties of concrete and covers subjects such as compressive and tensile strength, multi-axial loading, composite models, fracture mechanics of concrete materials, and shrinkage cracking. In the second part of the course, porosity and micro-structural models are also discussed. The third part of this course deals with durability and deterioration mechanisms of concrete materials. This part of the course cover subjects such as corrosion of steel in concrete, mass transport in cementitious materials, service life prediction, and non-destructive testing. Advanced laboratory techniques such as calorimetric, electrical measurements, and acoustic emission are discussed. This course also covers emerging topics in concrete materials such as internal curing, self-consolidating concrete, fiber reinforced concrete materials, and low carbon footprint materials.
CE 536 Introduction to Numerical Methods for Civil Engineers
This is an entry level graduate course intended to give an introduction to widely used numerical methods through application to several civil and environmental engineering problems. The emphasis will be on the breadth of topics and applications; however, to the extent possible, the mathematical theory behind the numerical methods will also be presented. The course is expected to lay foundation for students beginning to engage in research projects that involve numerical methods. Student will use MATLAB as a tool in the course. Experience with MATLAB is not required. The course will be taught in an interactive setting in a computer equipped classroom.
CE 538 Information Technology, Modeling, and Infrastructure Asset Management
Information technology, modeling, and infrastructure asset management technologies of interest to engineers. Issues in the design and development of engineering information systems to acquire, manage, and use engineering data and complex applications. The most prominent and recent literature will be used to create a rich knowledge base for students.
CE 548 Engineering Properties of Soils I
Significant soil properties in earthwork engineering, including soil elasticity and soil mineralogy, hydraulic conductivity, stress-strain relations and shear strength, compressibility and compaction. Laboratory work including plasticity, triaxial compression, permeability, consolidation and compaction tests.
CE 561 Construction Project Management
Successful Construction Project Management is not only critical to the success of the project engineer, construction manager and the contractor, but reduces overall costs to the owner and society. Modern construction presumes an in depth understanding of the theory and techniques associated with planning, analysis and control. This is a practice oriented, construction project-planning, management and control course emphasizing standard quantitative and qualitative techniques. The Planning, Management, and Control skills necessary to function effectively on complex projects share a common requirement for understanding scheduling, cost control, and their inter-relationship for ensuring successful project performance.
CE 562 Lean Construction Concepts and Methods
Student teams apply concepts and methods in field studies of real project management processes and construction operations by using principles and methods in Lean Production, Construction, Design, Assembly, Supply, Production Control, and Work Process Design.
CE 564 Legal Aspects of Contracting
Legal aspects of contract documents, drawings and specifications; owner-engineer-constructor relationships and responsibilities; bids and contract performance; labor laws; governmental administrative and regulatory agencies; torts; business organizations; ethics and professionalism.
CE 567 Risk and Financial Management in Construction
Fundamental concepts in financial and risk analysis in construction; accounting and financial metrics in construction; risk assessment and risk management in construction including the cost of risk, managerial decisions based on company financial and risk evaluation, insurance and bonding issues, effects of risk in project delivery methods and contract types; risk effects in project financing including a review of financing sources, considerations for financing local and international projects; and the impact of financial and risk management in strategic planning in construction.
CE 571 Physical Principles of Environmental Engineering
Many aspects of environmental engineering require a solid foundation in understanding mass and momentum transport of different processes in the environment. In addition, an understanding of the fate of pollutants in the environment is also necessary to tackle current environmental problems. Chemical reactions are therefore important in both engineered treatment processes and in natural systems in which wastes may be attenuated. Thus, mass and momentum transport covered in this course is fundamental to an engineer's understanding of water and waste treatment and contaminant behavior in the environment. CE 571 is a core component of the Water Resources and Environmental Engineering graduate program for students that are developing plans of study that emphasize either process engineering and water resources.
CE 573 Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering
CE 573 prepares you to use fundamental biological principles to analyze important biological processes in environmental engineering. The principles will be applied to: biological treatment of municipal and industrial wastes, public health microbiology, and microbial ecology of engineered and natural systems. The course will cover basic microbiology (what is a cell?), survey key microbial groups and their metabolisms (how do they make a living?), cover biodegradation/catabolism of the basic macromolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins), and introduce microbial ecology concepts, including molecular approaches.
CE 574 Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering
Inorganic and organic environmental chemistry including acid-base equilibria, precipitation, complexation, redox reactions, and natural organic matter. The role of these factors in controlling the fate of contaminants in engineered treatment systems and natural environments.
CE 576 Engineering Principles of Air Pollution Control
Fundamentals of air pollutant formation and control from stationary and mobile emission sources. Chemical kinetics, mass and heat transfer, and thermodynamics affecting gaseous and particle pollutant formation in a variety of emission sources. Study of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, hydrocarbons, and air toxics formation and control. Principles of conventional and advanced flue gas desulfurization, thermal and fuel NOx control, and particle/air toxics emission control will be among the emission topics to be explored.
CE 577 Engineering Principles of Solid Waste Management
Solid waste management is an integral component of civil infrastructure that must be addressed by virtually every municipality. Solid waste management is a highly visible and high-impact target for enhancing environmental sustainability. Appropriate selection of waste processing technologies and efficient waste management strategies can cost-effectively minimize environmental impacts, particularly through energy generation and materials recovery. Specific issues include cost, waste diversion programs, regulatory compliance, energy recovery, landfill capacity, and public opinion of waste management. This course will cover all aspects of municipal solid waste management including refuse generation, source reduction, collection, transportation, recycling and resource recovery, burial in landfills, biological treatment, and combustion. The environmental and economic advantages and disadvantages of each process will be discussed. Regulations and policy relevant to municipal solid waste will also be presented and analyzed. Students are expected to integrate economic, environmental, regulatory, policy, and technical considerations into the development of engineering designs of solid waste processes and systems. The course will emphasize both engineering design and policy alternatives.
CE 578 Energy and Climate
This course provides an overview of the global energy system, relates fossil fuel consumption to climate change, and outlines alternatives that promote environmental sustainability. Topics include basic climate science, energetics of natural and human systems, fossil-fueled civilization, the impact of anthropogenic CO2 emissions on climate, and technology and public policy options for addressing the climate challenge. The course is highly interdisciplinary with a strong focus on science and engineering.
CE 579 Principles of Air Quality Management
The topics covered in this course include air quality management issues, sources of air pollutants, atmospheric physics and chemistry and their relationship to pollutant transport and transformations, air quality meteorology, and air pollutant dispersion modeling. Students will learn about the major types of regulations that motivate the need to estimate and measure atmospheric air quality, the major types of pollutants that are regulated by such air quality standards (e.g., sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, tropospheric ozone, and lead), the major emission sources for such pollutants, the role of anthropogenic and biogenic sources in global chemical cycles, gas and aqueous-phase chemistry in the atmosphere, basic principles of meteorology as applied to air quality (including energy balance, winds, temperature, equations of motion, and atmospheric diffusion), and the fundamentals and practical aspects of commonly used air quality models.
CE 584 Hydraulics of Ground Water
Introduction to ground water hydraulics and hydrology. Hydrologic cycle, basic ground water hydraulics, aquifer hydrology, flow to Wells and theory, flow net development, ground water contamination modeling, numerical solution of governing equations.
CE 585 Principles of Surface Water Quality Modeling
This course addresses how human inputs affect natural and engineered aquatic systems through mathematical modeling of system dynamics. Course topics integrate physical, chemical, and biologic processes related to pollutants and lower food-web dynamics. Lectures and assignments cover both theory and application. Applications are relevant to informing management, protection, and restoration of inland and coastal waters.
CE 586 Engineering Hydrology
Hydrologic principles underlying procedures for surface water modeling; applications of common hydrologic models to actual watersheds.
CE 588 Water Resources Engineering
Extension of the concepts of fluid mechanics and hydraulics to applications in water supply, water transmission, water distribution networks and open channels to include water-supply reservoirs, pump and pipe selection, determinate and indeterminate pipe networks, and analysis of open channels with appurtenances.
CE 590 Introduction to Facilities Engineering Systems
(also offered as EGR 590)
This course covers an introduction to the multi-disciplinary facilities engineering functions, such as would be found in a typical municipal public works department, university facilities engineering organizations, medical complexes, various government agencies at the state level, department of transportation and airport and port authorities, and facilities engineering at both the installation level and the headquarters and policy level of certain federal government agencies. Non-governmental organizations such as utilities providers, and operators of plants, both processing and manufacturing, typically engage in facilities engineering and management such as included in this course. Engineering practice in facilities engineering is by nature broad, requiring the engineers in those organizations to understand underlying principles of related engineering disciplines to address the cross-cutting issues in the practice. The range of topics covered in this course includes the planning cycle; buildings, infrastructure, and technology systems; emergency preparedness and disaster recovery planning; installed equipment; select electrical and mechanical systems; sanitation systems including sanitary waste water and industrial waste water; recycling programs; and environmental compliance. Additionally, topics such as sustainability and resilience in planning and design will be discussed from a technical perspective, and related business aspects such as decision making considering life-cycle costs, planning and budgeting are in the content of this course. Presentations and case studies are included, such that students will demonstrate their communication skills.
CE 592 CII Best Practices
Current issues in the construction industry, including best practices developed at the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and critical issues facing the construction industry. Guest lecturers may include CII directors and visiting industry leaders.
CE 592 Global Construction Practices
This course includes a series of guest lectures, student presentations on construction practices found in their respective countries, and a collaborative term project. Guest speakers include industry practitioners and academics speaking on topics such as global construction challenges, procurement issues, legal aspects, international finance and public private partnerships, leadership, industry best practices, and lean construction techniques.
CE 595 Asphalt and Bituminous Materials
Asphalt and Bituminous Materials covers:
- Introduction to pavements / pavement distress
- Asphalt chemistry
- Traditional asphalt grading systems
- Superpave Performance Grading (PG) system
- Aggregate specification
- Traditional asphalt mixture design methods
- Superpave volumetric mix design
- Performance test methods and models
CE 595 Railroad Engineering
A course intended for undergraduate seniors and graduate students that teaches them about important aspects of railroad engineering. The areas stressed are alignment design, track, signaling systems, yards and other terminals, and operating plans. Also included are lectures about rail transit, conventional intercity rail, and high-speed rail.
CE 595 Transportation Sensors and Instrumentation
This class is about “big data”. Its purpose is to teach students how to use sensors and instrumentation to collect and analyze performance data for transportation systems. The topics covered include sensor technologies, power and communication support systems, data collection processes, data analysis techniques, and archival data management systems. The class involves some team-based field data collection. EOL students will be joined with on-campus students to do the data collection and analysis.
CE 675 Civil Engineering Projects
Research- or design-oriented independent study and investigation of a specific civil engineering topic, culminating in final written report.
CE 702 Traffic Flow Theory
Traffic stream characteristics, shock wave, queuing, and other macroscopic flow theories; car following, gap acceptance, and other microscopic theories; distributions of traffic stream parameters; building traffic simulation models.
CE 705 Intelligent Transportation Systems
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) planning and human factor elements; application of monitoring, communications and information dissemination technologies to transportation systems; advanced traffic management for freeway and arterial systems; traveler information and public transportation systems; automated vehicle and highway systems. ITS evaluation methods and models.
CE 706 Advanced Traffic Control
Advanced signalized traffic control methods at intersections, arterials and networks. Applications of mathematical optimization techniques to signal timing and coordination. Use of traffic simulation and optimization models for signal evaluation and design. Roundabout analysis and design.
CE 707 Transportation Policy and Funding
This class focuses on understanding the important transportation policy issues in the U.S such as planning the future of the multi-modal transportation system and raising and allocating funds for its construction, operation, and maintenance. Highway, public transit, rail, air, and other modes.
CE 708 Transportation Logistics Planning and Optimization
Description of the mathematical and analytical treatment of transportation logistics from the perspective of infrastructure providers and system operators, including models used by freight service providers to determine how they will meet the demands for freight service. Private and common carrier operations are covered. Rail, truck, and air are the primary modes examined.
CE 721 Matrix and Finite Element Structural Analysis
Advanced topics of Finite Element Analysis including dynamics, wave propagation, emerging methods and nonlinear analysis.
CE 723 Advanced Structural Dynamics
Equations of motion for symmetrical & unsymmetrical buildings, Direct integration & modal superposition, Damping models, Mode truncation, Response spectrum method for seismic analysis and design, Base isolation and supplemental damping devices, Uniform Building Code, Seismic considerations in detailing of concrete and steel structures, Multiple support excitation.
CE 724 Probabilistic Methods of Structural Engineering
This course is intended to provide an understanding of probability and statistics in civil/ mechanical engineering applications. It will focus on common probabilistic models, statistical analysis of observed data, reliability based design and decision making, and modeling of uncertainties that are unavoidable in the design and planning of engineering systems. The major topics include: (1) Fundamentals of probability theory, (2) Common probabilistic models, (3) Statistical analysis of recorded data, (4) Fundamentals of reliability analysis (First and second order reliability methods), (5) Monte Carlo simulation,(6) Development of reliability based design codes, (7) Evaluation of target reliability levels (code calibration), (8) System reliability and risk-based decision making.
CE 725 Earthquake Structural Engineering
Effects of earthquakes on structures and of design of structures to resist earthquake motions; earthquake mechanisms and ground motions; response of structures to earthquake motions; behavior of materials, structural elements and assemblages subjected to earthquakes; principles of earthquake-resistant design practice; soil-structure interaction; and special topics. The course focus extensively on Displacement-Based Seismic Design and will utilize a recently released text on the topic.
CE 726 Advanced Theory of Concrete Structures
This course focuses on the non-linear behavior of reinforced concrete, with a special emphasis on seismic design issues. The emphasis is on basic behavioral characteristics, and the primary course objective is to develop a capability in the students to apply the fundamentals of reinforced concrete behavior to the design of reinforced concrete systems. In order to accomplish this objective, we will study material level behavior, member level behavior, and system level behavior.
CE 741 Geomechanics of Stress Deformation
Concepts of volume change and effective stress, stress-strain behavior of clays and sands, stress path and failure conidtions; mechanistic interaction between solids and water, problems in elasticity and plasticity pertaining to stress distribution, elstic, consolidation and secondary settlements, and tolerance limits to deformation levels.
CE 742 Deformation and Instability of Soils
Mechanics of soils: theoretical framework; failure conditions and shear strength; slope instability; lateral earth pressure; bearing capacity; non-linear deformation of soils; theory of plasticity; critical state model for soil behavior.
CE 744 Foundation Engineering
Subsurface investigations; design of shallow and deep foundations including piles and drilled shafts to resist combined loadings; design of permanent and temporary retaining structures; and control of groundwater. Although the practice of foundation engineering requires significant knowledge in the areas of structural analysis, concrete and steel design, as well as construction means and methods, this course will focus on the geotechnical aspects of foundation engineering.
CE 747 Geosynthetics in Geotechnical Engineering
Designing with Geosynthetics is a geoenvironmental engineering graduate course that is designed to teach the various types of geosynthetic materials available for today's geotechnical engineering market including geotextiles, geogrids, geonets, geomembranes, and geocomposites. Course material will cover the physical and engineering properties of the geosynthetic materials, and several applications including drainage and filtration systems, base and subgrade support, slope and wall reinforcements, embankments on soft soils, landfill liners and covers and other aspects of soil improvement.
CE 755 Highway Pavement Design
Mechanistic-empirical analysis and design of highway pavements with critical evaluation of current design practices. Pavement materials characterization; stresses and strains in pavements; traffic consideration; pavement performance models; and actual thickness design of pavements using the AASHTO Pavement ME program.
CE 757 Pavement Management Systems
Fundamental concepts in process of pavement management at both network level and project level. Distress identification and evaluation; concepts and methods for rehabilitation and maintenance techniques; non-destructive testing of pavements; performance prediction models; and principles of prioritization/optimization.
CE 759 Inelastic Behavior of Construction Materials
This course is designed to introduce theories in applied mechanics that govern the inelastic behavior of construction materials. The topic areas will include linear and nonlinear viscoelasticity, fracture mechanics, and continuum damage mechanics. After the basic principles are introduced, their physical implications will be addressed through the analysis of experimental data generated from laboratory testing of construction materials.
CE 762 Construction Productivity
Methods of collecting, assembling and analyzing construction productivity data in order to increase construction productivity. Applications of methods improvement techniques such as time-lapse photography, flow charts, process charts and time standards to improvement of construction productivity. Safety and human factors in construction and their relation to construction productivity.
CE 763 Materials Management in Construction
Fundamental concepts and methods; construction specific models for integrated materials management; computer usage; vendor analysis and "best-buy;" materials requirement planning and control; management of material waste; automated materials tracking; materials handling; study of current issues; development of practical solution to a real-world problem.
CE 771 Physical-Chemical Water Treatment Processes
Physical-chemical treatment processes for the treatment of water, including sedimentation, flotation, filtration, coagulation, oxidation, disinfection, precipitation, adsorption, and membrane treatment processes. Current issues in drinking water quality and treatment are discussed.
CE 772 Environmental Exposure and Risk Analysis
(also offered as NE 772)
This course will focus on general risk analysis framework, study design aspects for exposure assessment, and quantitative methods for estimating the probability and consequences of adverse outcomes, primarily with respect to human health endpoints associated with environmental contamination. Emphasis will be given to the general risk analysis framework, exposure assessment, and probabilistic analysis of both variability and uncertainty. The major topics of the course include: (1) an introduction and overview of "base rate" statistics regarding risks to humans; (2) data and models for exposure assessment; (3) an overview of approaches to health risk assessment, including characterization of dose-response relationships; (4) quantitative approaches to characterizing variability and uncertainty in the inputs to exposure and risk models; (5) quantitative methods for propagating variability and uncertainty through models and interpretation of results; and (6) issues in risk management.
CE 774 Environmental Bioprocess Technology
Principles of microbiological, biochemical, and biophysical processes used in environmental waste treatment and remediation processes, with particular emphasis on water quality control. This course will prepare students to use fundamental microbiological, biochemical, and biophysical principles in the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the major processes used in environmental biotechnology, with particular emphasis on water quality control and water resource recovery processes. While the focus is on fundamental principles, such as kinetics and stoichiometry of biological reactions, the problems and cases are based on real and current challenges in waste treatment and resource recovery.
CE 793 Modeling and Computing in Geotechnical Engineering
Modeling, Computing; Analytical Methods; Semi-Analytical Methods; Numerical Methods: Finite Difference; Finite Element; Stress Analysis; Seepage Analysis; Deformation Analysis; Coupled Flow & Deformation Analysis.
CE 793 Physico-Chemical and Biological Aspects of Soil Behavior
Study of the geotechnical behavior of soils considering formation, transport, diagenesis, mineralogy, soil-fluid-electrolyte systems, surface tension, particle mechanics, shape, fabric, structure, and cementation / bonding.
CE 794 Performance Based Seismic Design of Bridges
This course covers the seismic analysis and design of bridge structures. The progression through the course follows six theme areas, namely: Conceptual design; Analysis approaches; Capacity Design; Response Verification; Assessment and Retrofit of Bridges; and New (or underutilized) frontiers in bridge engineering. The emphasis during the course will be on the relationships between engineer’s choices, analysis and design.