Graduate Study


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers three graduate degree programs: Master of Engineering, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Areas of specialization are Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Structural and Earthquake Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering.

The research efforts in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE) group foster education and research on water quality and treatment, wastewater treatment, storm water monitoring and quality, fate and transport of contaminants, and hazardous waste treatment. This research creates opportunities for collaboration in broad fields such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, and systems engineering in order to prepare graduates for exciting environmental careers in government, private sector and academia.

The Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials, Earthquake Engineering programs are designed to provide strong fundamental knowledge and technical skills to future leaders in the structural engineering profession, academia, and for applications structural engineering methods. Our faculty members and students are actively engaged in research in the areas of computational engineering mechanics; structural bridge engineering protective systems to secure critical infrastructure under extreme load conditions; experimental testing of structural dynamics and earthquake engineering; advanced approaches to structural analysis; and design comprising reinforced concrete, structural steel, and composites.

The Transportation Engineering program is designed to provide a strong basis of fundamental engineering principles and methodologies, complemented with an appreciation of the broader context within the operation of transportation systems, as well as practical experience in conducting research. The transportation graduate engineering program focuses on several aspects including but not limited to traffic operations, safety, systems engineering, intelligent transportation systems, transportation infrastructure and asset management, and modeling and simulation. Due to its broad-based composition, our program is like a microcosm of the transportation profession. Graduate students are immersed in an environment which exposes them to the full breadth of transportation activities, without sacrificing the depths essential to any serious graduate pursuit. Upon graduation, students are more than adequately prepared to assume leadership positions with consulting firms, contractors, governments, and industry, as well as universities and research laboratories.

See Graduate Handbook for more information.


Joseph Receives the 2018 NCC ACI Outstanding Student Award

Mon, April 23, 2018

Florantine Monica Joseph, a graduating senior in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the recipient of the 2018 National Capital Chapter - American Concrete Institute (NCC ACI) Outstanding Student Award. She was recognized at the NCC ACI Student Award Dinner on April 18, 2018 in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Read More >>

Associate Professor Ahlam I. Shalaby Publishes Fluid Mechanics Textbook

Mon, March 26, 2018

Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Ahlam I. Shalaby recognizes three basic problems in fluid mechanics, which she meticulously addresses in her textbook Fluid Mechanics for Civil and Environmental Engineers. Read More >>


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