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The structural engineering program offers opportunities for graduate study and research in many subject areas related to the analysis and design of civil structures. Emphasis areas of the program include bridge engineering, building engineering, structural health monitoring, structural mechanics, structural dynamics, computational structural analysis and structural engineering materials.


Group 1 (6 credits required, 2 courses from the following list)

  • CIEG 601 – Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • CIEG 611 – Structural Dynamics Design
  • CIEG 612 – Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • CIEG 817 – Stability of Structures

Group 2 (3 credits required, 1 course from the following list)

Suggested Electives:

Additional courses in Groups 1 and 2 above

  • CIEG 605 – Intermediate Topics in Finite Element Analysis
  • CIEG 608 – Introduction to Bridge Design
  • CIEG 610 – Experimental Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • CIEG 619 – Mechanical Behavior of Materials and Structures
  • CIEG 621 – Foundation Engineering
  • CIEG 667 – Non-Destructive Testing for Civil Engineers
  • CIEG 667 – Structural Design for Extreme Events
  • CIEG 675 – MATLAB for Engineering Analysis
  • CIEG 801 – Advanced Topics in Finite Element Analysis
  • CIEG 811 – Advanced Structural Dynamics Design
  • CIEG 817 – Stability of Structures
  • MEEG 618 – Fracture of Solids
  • MEEG 690 – Intermediate Engineering Math
  • MEEG 813 – Theory of Elasticity
  • MEEG 814 – Theory of Plasticity
  • MEEG 816 – Advanced Continuum Mechanics
  • MEEG 817 – Composite Materials


Michael Chajes – Bridge testing, evaluation, and rehabilitation; applications of advanced composite materials; structural analysis and design

Rachel Davidson – natural disaster risk analysis; civil infrastructure systems; engineers for a sustainable world

Jack Gillespie – Composite materials, mechanics and design, experimental mechanics, fracture mechanics, fabrication, infrastructure applications of composites

Monique Head – Bridge and earthquake engineering; performance-based design of concrete structures; structural applications of composite materials

Jennifer McConnell – Bridge engineering, behavior and analysis of steel structures, corrosion and long-term performance; aging infrastructure; infrastructure sustainability

Paramita Mondal – Construction materials, processing-property-performance relationship, design of innovative and sustainable construction materials, multi-scale characterization, nanotechnology and microstructural characterization to improve properties and performance of concrete and other cementitious materials

Harry “Tripp” Shenton – structural health monitoring and condition assessment of the civil infrastructure; innovative systems and materials for low-rise construction

Jovan Tatar – Advanced materials for sustainable and resilient structures, repair and retrofitting methods, reinforced and prestressed concrete, bridge engineering, durability of building materials, materials characterization

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