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.


  • 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 – plasticity and stability of steel structures; design for extreme events; bridge engineering
  • 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  

MCE/MAS Course Requirements

See the Master’s Degree Requirements in Civil Engineering for the general academic requirements. In addition, the Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or Applied Science in the field of Structural Engineering requires three core courses in two different topic areas (as detailed below) and a minimum of five electives taken from a variety of fields for the thesis option. Students electing to receive the non-thesis degree must take a total of 30 credits of course work, which typically translates to seven electives beyond the three core courses. Electives should be selected based on approval from your advisor.

Core Courses:

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

PhD Requirements

PhD degrees are also offered in the Structural Engineering field. The courses listed above serve as a foundation for the PhD degree. PhD students work with their advisor to develop a program of study that provides appropriate breadth and depth. See the PhD in Civil Engineering for the general academic requirements.