Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENCE)A. James Clark School of Engineering
1173 Engineering Classroom Building, 301-405-7768
Chair: A. Haghani
Professors: M. Aggour, A. Amde, B. Ayyub, G. Baecher, G. Chang, A. Davis, O. Hao, R. McCuen, P. Schonfeld, C. Schwartz, M. Skibniewski, A. Torrents
Associate Professors: M. Austin, A. Aydilek, K. Brubaker, P. Chang, S. Gabriel, D. Goulias, D. Lovell, E. Miller-Hooks, Y. Zhang
Assistant Professors: C. Cirillo, Q. Cui, B. Forman (Asst Prof), B. Forman, K. Wigginton, L. Zhang
Affiliate Professors: J. Gansler, B. Golden, E. Kalnay, M. Ruth
Professors Emeriti: P. Albrecht, F. Birkner, J. Colville, B. Donaldson, R. Ragan, D. Schelling, Y. Sternberg, D. Vannoy, M. Witczak
The B.S. degree requires A total of 122 credit hours with emphasis in basic science (mathematics, chemistry, and physics), engineering science (mechanics of materials, statics, and dynamics), and basic civil and environmental engineering core courses (computations, materials, fluid mechanics, probability & statistics, and Geographic Information Systems). By the Junior year, each student chooses one of three tracks: Geotechnical and Structural Engineering, Environmental and Water Resources, or Transportation/ Project Management. Each track specifies junior- and senior-level requirements. All three tracks include technical electives that may be selected from a combination of the six Civil Engineering specialties and other approved courses (The six specialty areas are: Environmental, Geotechnical, Project Management, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources). The curriculum provides a sensible blend of required courses and electives, permitting students to pursue their interests without the risk of overspecialization.
The mission of the Department is threefold:
The Department provides an educational program of basic and specialized engineering knowledge necessary for its graduates to be proficient in recognized specialties of civil engineering. This preparation provides graduates with the tools needed for successful practice in the period following graduation. In addition to general and technical education, the educational program stresses professional and ethical responsibilities, an awareness of societal issues, and the need for life-long learning.
The Department contributes to the advancement of knowledge through research on important engineering problems. The research results are communicated through recognized channels of knowledge dissemination.
The Department serves the needs of the community by emphasizing global and societal issues. The Department addresses these issues through University and professional channels and contributes to their solutions.
The Department, building upon the above mission, established three program educational objectives:
Admission to the Major
See the entrance requirements for the A. James Clark School of Engineering in the Colleges and Schools section of this site.
Requirements for the Major
The Department offers a program of study leading to an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree. Each student specializes in one of three tracks: Infrastructure Engineering (Structural and Geotechnical), Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, or Transportation Systems and Project Management. A total of 122 credit hours (123 for the Environmental and Water Resources Track) are required for a BSCE degree with emphasis in basic science (mathematics, chemistry, and physics), engineering science (mechanics of materials, statics, and dynamics), basic civil and environmental engineering courses; required courses in the selected track; technical electives; and a senior capstone design course. The curriculum provides a sensible blend of required courses and electives, permitting students to pursue their interests without the risk of overspecialization.
Minimum Degree Requirements: 122 credits and the fulfillment of all departmental, school, and university requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Additional semester credits will be involved to the extent that courses carrying more than three credits are selected.
For all tracts:
Geotechnical/Structure Track will include two electives from:
Transportation/Project Management Track will include two electives from:
ENCE340, 353, 441, 444, 454 -- OR --
Environmental/Water Resources Track will include two electives from:
ENCE 340, 353, 441, 444, 454 -- OR --
All Civil and Environmental Engineering majors are advised by the following department faculty and staff:
1. Dr. Dimitrios Goulias, Head Undergraduate Advisor (0147A Glenn L. Martin Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-405-2624).
Professor Goulias, i) advises juniors and seniors in the Geotechnical & Structural Engineering track, and/or Infrastructure track, and ii) addresses key academic and curriculum issues for all civil engineering students.
2. Alan Santos, Director of Undergraduate Student Services, 1173A Glenn L. Martin Hall, email@example.com, 301-405-1977.
Mr. Santos, advises i) all freshmen and sophomore, and ii) juniors and seniors in the Environmental & Water Resource and Transportation / Project Management Tracks.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
Department faculty frequently have research opportunities for undergraduate students. Students are encouraged to contact faculty members whose research specialties are of interest. For further information students are encouraged to contact the Department advisors.
Career fairs are organized regularly throughout the academic years by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Chi Epsilon student chapters, and the Engineering Co-op & Career Services office.
Several excellent co-op opportunities are available for Civil and Environmental Engineering students. See the A. James Clark School of Engineering entry in chapter 6 of this catalog for a full description of the Engineering co-op program.
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Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering awards a number of academic scholarships. These awards are designated primarily for junior and senior students. A department committee evaluates applications each year. See the
Awards and Recognition
The Department of Civil Engineering offers the following awards: 1) The Civil Engineering Outstanding Senior Award; 2) The ASCE Outstanding Senior Award; 3) The Woodward-Clyde Consultants Award; 4) The Bechtel Award; 5) The Chi Epsilon Outstanding Senior Award; 6) The Ben Dyer Award; 7) The ASCE Maryland Section Award; 8) The Robert L. Morris Award for Environmental Leadership; and 9) The Department Chairman's Award.