Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering addresses the technology of constructed environments and, as such, embraces a wide range of intellectual endeavors. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering focuses its graduate study and research program on three areas: Structural Engineering, including engineering mechanics, advanced composites, structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, and reliability and risk assessment; Transportation Systems Engineering, including traffic operations and management, advanced information technology applications, travel behavior, and transportation systems analysis; Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, including hydrology, water resources, and remote sensing.

The Department offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering.

At the point of application a student is required to identify a thrust area. Specifically, the three thrust areas that have been identified for the Civil Engineering Graduate program are: Structural Engineering, Transportation Systems Engineering, and Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering. Once admitted, an advisor will be assigned according to the thrust area a student has chosen. Financial support through research or teaching assistantships and a variety of fellowships and scholarships is available to qualified students.

Structural Engineering

The Structural Engineering area emphasizes the application of analytical, numerical, and experimental approaches to the investigation of constructed facilities and systems that support or resist various loads. The objective of the program is to prepare graduates for leadership positions in industry and academic institutions by providing an opportunity to learn state-of-the-art methodologies applied to significant structural engineering problems. Specific interests include sensors and structural health monitoring, composites for infrastructure applications, reliability and risk assessment of civil engineering systems, structural control, system identification and damage detection, performance-based earthquake engineering, soil-structure interaction, smart materials and structures, multi-scale mechanistic analysis, and sustainable green materials and infrastructural systems.

Transportation Systems Engineering

Among leading centers for transportation research, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a graduate research area that is distinguished by its interdisciplinary approach to the study of current and emerging urban transportation issues and by its unique relationship with the UC Irvine Institute of Transportation Studies. The research area focuses on the planning, design, operation, and management of complex transportation systems. Emphasis is on the development of fundamental knowledge in engineering, systems analysis, modeling, and planning, combined with advanced computational techniques and information technologies, to address transportation problems affecting urban travel and goods movement.

Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering

This area focuses on the distribution and transport of water among and between land, atmosphere, and oceans, the supply of water for municipal, agricultural, and environmental uses, and water-related hazards such as flooding and drought. Mathematical and computational modeling is germane to research activity in this area as well as professional practice, so course work is designed to develop theory-based mathematical modeling skill, on the one hand, as well as computational modeling skill on the other. Course work emphasizes important fundamentals such as mass, energy and momentum conservation principles, applied to hydrologic systems, and also increasingly important remote sensing and information technologies. Interdisciplinary study is an important dimension to hydrology and water resources, particularly in the areas of water quality, ecology, infrastructure systems, technology, and policy. Consequently, students are encouraged to take courses in these areas.

Graduate Coordinator

April Heath
Graduate Affairs Coordinator
(949) 824-0584 (Phone)
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