Civil Engineering Graduate Handbook -Updated 2020

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CIVIL ENGINEERING GRADUATE HANDBOOKThe information in this handbook and other University catalogs,publications, or announcements is subject to change without notice.University offices can provide current information about possible changes.Refer to the most recent version of this handbook. You can get the mostrecent handbook from the web. Do not use former students’ documents.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity ofNebraska-LincolnNebraska Hall 181Lincoln, NE 685880531(402) 472-2371cee.unl.eduLast updated August 2020i

TABLE OF CONTENTSPART I: INTRODUCTION. 4Program Overview . 5Program Mission and Goals. 5Graduate Studies and Research . 5Department of Civil Engineering Research Specialization Areas and AssociatedFaculty . 6Environmental Engineering . 6Geotechnical and Materials Engineering . 6Structural Engineering . 7Transportation Engineering . 7Water Resources Engineering. . 7Department of Civil Engineering Support Staff . 8PART II: MASTERS OF SCIENCE PROGRAM IN CIVIL ENGINEERING. . 9A Roadmap to your MS Degree in Civil Engineering . 9Provisional Admission and Deficiency Course Requirements . 10Advisor Assignment and Selection Process.10MS Degree Requirements . 11Masters Degree – Option I. 11Masters Degree – Option II . 11Masters Degree – Option III . 12Minors Within the CIVE MS Program . 12Business Minor .12Roles and Responsibility of the Thesis Advisor . 13Roles and Responsibility of the Department.14Formation of the Thesis Committee.14Nature and Scope of Thesis .15MS Examination Requirements and Format. . 15Area-Specific MS Program Coursework Requirements .15Specialization in Environmental Engineering . 15Specialization in Geotechnical and Materials Engineering. . 17Specialization in Structural Engineering. . 18Specialization in Transportation Engineering. .19Specialization in Water Resources Engineering . 20PART III: PH.D. PROGRAM IN CIVIL ENGINEERING .22A roadmap to your PhD degree . 22ii

Summary of Coursework, Research and Examination Requirements . 23Supervising Professor/Academic Advisor . 23Supervisory Committee . 23PhD Curricula . 24Learning Outcomes of the PhD Program in Civil Engineering . 24Coursework and Research Requirements by Specialization.25Environmental Engineering . 25Geotechnical and Materials Engineering . 26Structural Engineering . 26Transportation Engineering . 27Water Resources Engineering .28Examination Requirements. 28Qualifying Examination. 28Comprehensive Examination . 29Dissertation Requirements . 30Final Examination. 30PART IV: ASSISTANTSHIPS AND OTHER FINANCIAL SUPPORT . 32Graduate Research Assistantships . 32Graduate Teaching Assistantships . 32Other fellowship and scholarship opportunities . 33Academic Leave of Absence . 33Vacation Policy for Students on Assistantships . 33PART V: ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT . 34Graduate Student Evaluation . 34Grading of Thesis and Dissertation Hours.34Policy on Incompletes. 34Appendix – Evaluation of Graduate Students . 35ii

PART I: INTRODUCTIONProgram OverviewThe Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate program currently offerstwo degrees: the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in CivilEngineering. Each of these degrees requires the student to meet specific requirements of boththe University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Graduate Studies and the Department of Civiland Environmental Engineering. This handbook describes the departmental programs andrequirements for each degree. This handbook is to be considered a supplement to the GraduateStudies Policies. Students are advised to consult the Graduate Studies Policies aduate/. Students should direct specificinquiries with respect to the Civil Engineering graduate programs to the following:Graduate ChairDr. Xu LiProfessorNH W150DLincoln, NE 68588-0531Phone: 402-472-6042E-mail: xuli@unl.eduGraduate SecretaryMrs. Callie MajorinsNH 181Lincoln NE 68588-0531Phone: 402-472-2371E-mail: cmajorins2@unl.eduThis handbook is divided into five parts. Part I discusses the Civil Engineering graduateprogram mission and goals, faculty and staff. Parts II and III describe the graduate degreerequirements for the MS and PhD. Part IV covers assistantships and other financial supportopportunities. Part V covers academic integrity and professional development.4

Program Mission and GoalsThe mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is toprovide a culturally diverse and intellectually stimulating environment for thediscovery and application of knowledge in civil and environmentalengineering; to educate our students to their fullest potential; and to serve thepublic through outreach and professional activities. In particular, the missioninvolves: Providing the nation with a new generation of engineersthat can meet the challenges of the 21st century,particularly related to civil infrastructure Serving the state of Nebraska and the nation by providingstate-of-the-art expertise in civil and environmentalengineering Making important contributions in various areas of civilengineering by advancing existing knowledge and developing newtechnologies Facilitating the enrichment of the academic andprofessional experience of students, faculty and theengineering community Providing outreach to the public and private sectorsGraduate Studies and ResearchThe Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offersgraduate degrees in Civil Engineering. The Master of Science (MS)degree requires completion of 30 to 36 credits of courseworkdepending on the option chosen. Detailed requirements regardingcredit hours and minors for the MS degree options in Civil Engineeringcan be found in Part II of the document. Option I is a thesis based option and is intended for studentspursuing a research emphasis. Options II is a coursework based option requiring credit hours fromcourses representing a major and either one or two minors. Option III is a coursework based option. No minor is allowed under Option III.Doctoral study is intended for students seeking in-depth knowledge in an areaof civil engineering beyond that resulting from an MS degree, and who wishto pursue faculty positions or other research positions in industry orgovernmental institutions. Applicants with a BS may apply directly to thePhD program. The minimum amount of graduate credit required for a PhD is90 semester hours, including a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation credits.Detailed requirements regarding coursework and research credits for the PhDdegree in Civil Engineering can be found in Part II of the document. Somecourse work done for an MS degree may be applied toward the requiredsemester hours with approval of the student’s supervisory committee and theDean of Graduate Studies.5

In the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, oversight forgraduate programs resides with the Graduate Committee, which consists of anelected faculty representative from each of the five discipline areas of civilengineering (environmental, geotechnical/materials, structures, transportation,water resources). The graduate chair serves as the head of this committee and isa point of contact for all Civil and Environmental Engineering graduatestudents. The graduate secretary assists the Graduate Committee withadministration of the graduate program and can be a helpful point of contactfor students during their graduate study.Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ResearchSpecialization Areas and Associated Faculty The Department has 47 facultymembers, 37 that are active, and 10 that are emeriti faculty (emeriti facultycannot chair or co-chair graduate committees although they can serve ongraduate committees). The active Civil Engineering faculty are listed below bytheir area of specialization.Environmental EngineeringThe environmental engineering faculty offer graduate course inenvironmental engineering chemistry, physical chemical treatmentprocesses, biologic treatment processes, design of water and wastewatertreatment, environmental microbiology and solid and hazardous wastemanagement. The faculty are engaged in research in environmentalmicrobiology, fate and transport of organic contaminants in soil and water,and design of drinking water and wastewater treatment technologies.FacultyOfficeDr. Shannon Bartelt-Hunt 181D NH/PKI205E,Lincoln/OmahaDr. Bruce Dvorak150C NH, LincolnDr. Xu Li150D NH, LincolnDr. Tian Zhang205D PKI, OmahaDr. Grace PantherW153 NH, -554-3784402-472-3431

Geotechnical and Materials EngineeringThe geotechnical and materials engineering faculty offer graduate coursesin advanced soil mechanics, foundation design including shallow and deepfoundations, flexible and rigid pavement design, infrastructure materials(cementitious and bituminous), and advanced mechanics and modeling ofinfrastructure materials and geotechnics. The faculty are engaged invarious research focus on advanced/smart/multifunctional materials,mechanics and modeling of construction materials and infrastructuresystems, mechanistic analysis and design with multiphysical phenomena,safety and reliability of geotechnical structures supported on soils andfoundations, energy geotechnics, and sustainableinfrastructure/geotechnical systems with waste management.FacultyDr. Jongwan EunDr. Hamzeh HaghshenasFatmehsariDr. Jiong HuDr. Congrui Grace JinDr. Seunghee KimDr. Mojdeh PajouhDr. Mahmoud ShakouriOfficePKI 203C, Omaha362R WHIT, nasfatmeh2@unl.edu 402-472-7857Dr. Chung Rak Song362R WHIT, Lincolncsong8@unl.edu402-472-1914Dr. Matthew WilliamsonNH W181, Lincolnwilliamson@unl.edu402-472-2371PKI 203D, Omahajhu5@unl.edu362Q WHIT, Lincoln cjin5@unl.eduPKI 204C,Omahaseunghee.kim@unl.eduWHIT 130E, Lincoln 8-865-8688Structural EngineeringThe structural engineering faculty offer graduate courses in advancedstructural analysis, steel and concrete design, and bridge engineering.The faculty are engaged in research in structural dynamics, nondestructive testing, design of specialized concrete, bridge design andprotective design.FacultyDr. Ron FallerDr. Gary KrauseDr. Daniel LinzellDr. Jennifer RasmussenDr. Chungwook SimDr. Joshua SteelmanDr. Christopher TuanDr. Christine WittichDr. Richard WoodDr. Jinying ZhuOffice130R WHIT, Lincoln204 B PKI, Omaha114L OTHM, Lincoln330 D WHIT, Lincoln204A PKI, Omaha362P Whittier, Lincoln203F PK, Omaha362L WHIT, Lincoln362K WHIT, Lincoln205B PKI, 459

Transportation EngineeringThe transportation engineering faculty offer graduate course intransportation planning, design, operations and safety with an emphasison surface transportation. The faculty are engaged in research intransportation planning and safety, intelligent transportation systems,transportation systems analysis, traffic flow theory, trafficcharacteristics, traffic control systems, alternative energy fortransportation systems, operational effects of roadway geometrics,human factors, large scale modeling of transportation systems,transportation economics and airport planning and design.FacultyDr. Elizabeth JonesDr. Aemal KhattakDr. Massoum MoussaviDr. Laurence RilettOfficeEmailPKI 203E, Omahaejones1@unl.edu330E WHIT, Lincoln akhattak2@unl.eduPKI 203G, Omahammoussavi2@unl.edu262D WHIT, Lincolnlrilett2@unl.eduWater Resources EngineeringThe water resources engineering faculty offer courses in surface waterhydrology, groundwater engineering, hydraulic engineering, and waterresources planning. The faculty are engaged in research in hydraulics,fluid mechanics, flow measurement and modeling, sediment transport,computational fluid dynamics (CFD), application of 2-472-1992

sensing and GIS in water resources, groundwater remediation, fate and transport ofcontaminants in groundwater, water resources management and risk analysis.FacultyDr. David AdmiraalDr. Junke GuoDr. George HuntDr. Ayse KilicDr. Yusong LiDr. Sorab PandayDr. Chittaranjan RayDr. Tirthankar RoyOffice150F NH, Lincoln204D PKI, Omaha206E PKI, Omaha311 Hardin, Lincoln150E NH, LincolnEast Campus, Lincoln2021 TransformationDr Ste 3220,Lincoln204 C PKI, du402-554-6255Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Support StaffThe Department has five staff members who support the graduate program. Callie Majorins,located on the Lincoln campus, is the Graduate Secretary. She is assisted by Arlys Blakey onthe Omaha campus. Peter Hilsabeck manages the labs in Lincoln and Jose Lopez managesthe labs in Omaha.Patricia Lena is the Administrative Technician in Lincoln.StaffArlys BlakeyJose LopezPeter HilsabeckPatricia LenaCallie MajorinsTitleAdministrativeTechnicianLab TechnicianOffice200E PKI, Omaha126B PKI, OmahaLab Manager126C SEC, ician181C NH, Lincoln181C NH, 402-472-2371

PART II: MASTERS OF SCIENCE PROGRAM IN CIVIL ENGINEERINGA Roadmap to your MS Degree in Civil EngineeringStudents pursuing the M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering can follow a thesis option (Option I), or twocoursework based options (options II and III). The typical path towards a M.S. Degree in CivilEngineering is as follows: Gain admission to the program. You will be assigned an advisor upon admission. Once you arrive you should meetwith that academic advisor to plan your first semester schedule. If you find that youwish to change advisors, you are free to do so unless your advisor is providing youwith a research assistantship on a specific project. If you are supported as agraduate research assistant (GRA), but there are extenuating situations thatnecessitate changing advisors, you should meet with your current advisor as soon asyou decide this is necessary. As part of this meeting, you should plan to discusshow you will fulfill the obligations of your research assistantship. After meetingwith your advisor, you should also meet with the graduate chair and yourperspective advisor as soon as possible. Removal of admission deficiencies. If you have admission deficiencies, you willneed to work with your advisor to develop a plan to remove them. The Memorandum of Courses must be filed before grades (letter grades, no reports orincompletes) have been received in more than one-half of the program and onrecommendat

Transportation Engineering The transportation engineering faculty offer graduate course in transportation planning, design, operations and safety with an emphasis on surface transportation. The faculty are engaged in research in transportation planning and safety, intelligent transportation systems, transportation systems analysis, traffic flow .

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