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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Civil and Environmental Engineering (MAS,MCE,PhD)

Telephone: (302) 831-2442
Faculty Listing: http://www.ce.udel.edu/directories/faculty.html

Program Overview

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers graduate programs of study and research leading to three degrees: Master of Civil Engineering, Master of Applied Sciences, and Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering. The Master of Civil Engineering degree emphasizes Civil Engineering, while the Master of Applied Sciences degree is for students who don’t hold an engineering degree. The PhD is aimed at training the graduate student in research within a chosen topic. All three degrees are based on the student completing an individually designed program of courses and writing a thesis. A non-thesis Master’s degree option is also available, typically for students with professional experience. Students selecting the non-thesis option are not eligible for financial support from the University. Areas of concentration are:

Civil Infrastructure Systems
Coastal Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Structural Engineering
Transportation Engineering
Water Resource Engineering

In cooperation with the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, the Department also offers multidisciplinary degrees for the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Ocean Engineering.

In each area, mathematics, fundamental sciences, and engineering sciences are combined to provide a personalized program of study and research.

All graduate students work in close cooperation with the faculty, and the Department has extensive facilities for research and graduate study in all the areas of concentration. Laboratories specifically devoted to research in environmental engineering include facilities for study of chemical and physical aspects of water and waste water purification with specialized equipment for analysis of fluid particle suspensions and particle technology, heavy metal and toxic waste removal, and biological engineering aspects of water pollution control.

The ocean engineering laboratory, maintained by the Center for Applied Coastal Research (CACR), is one of the largest in the United States. An array of wave paddles in the wave basin is capable of generating realistic three-dimensional seas. Two wave flumes are available for hydrodynamic and sediment transport studies. The CACR has a large assortment of equipment for field and laboratory studies including current meters, turbidity sensors, pressure sensors, remote sensing imagers, surveying equipment and field research vehicles.

The structures laboratories include an excellent range of equipment for static, dynamic, and fatigue testing, and a modern concrete testing facility. The geotechnical laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment for testing soils and geotextiles.

The Department’s research is extensively funded through many contracts from federal agencies, the state, and private engineering sponsors. The Department houses the Center for Applied Coastal Research, the Center for Innovative Bridge Engineering, the Center for the Study of Pollutants in the Environment, and the Delaware Center for Transportation.

Details and information on curriculum, core courses, and degree programs can be found on our website at www.ce.udel.edu.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants are expected to have:

1. A baccalaureate degree in the field or in a closely allied field of science or mathematics.
2. An undergraduate grade-point average in engineering, science, and mathematics courses of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
3. A minimum of three letters of strong support from former teachers or supervisors.
4. A minimum combined score of 300 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test (overall score of 1050 for the old GRE scoring system).
5. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for students whose first language is not English and who have not received a degree from a college or university in which English is the sole language of instruction. (Minimum score: 550 paper based TOEFL; 213 computer based TOEFL; 79 IBET TOEFL.)

Admission to the graduate program in Civil Engineering at the University of Delaware is selective and competitive based on the number of well qualified applicants and the limits of available faculty and facilities. Those who meet stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission.

Financial Aid

Please refer to Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships  for more information.

Ocean Engineering (MS,PhD)

Telephone: (302) 831-2442
Faculty Listing: http://www.engr.udel.edu/directory/faculty.html

Program Overview

The Ocean Engineering program offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees through a cross-disciplinary program operated jointly by the Physical Ocean Science and Engineering (POSE) program in the Graduate College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and the Ocean Engineering program of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Additional information about the two academic units is available at the web-sites:

http://www.ceoe.udel.edu(The Graduate College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment)
http://www.coastal.udel.edu (The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Center for Applied Coastal Research)

Subject to the admission requirements below, students matriculating through CEOE have the option of pursuing advanced degrees in Marine Studies through CEOE or the cross-disciplinary degree in Ocean Engineering. Students matriculating through the College of Engineering have the option of pursuing advanced degrees in Ocean Engineering or in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Requirements for Admission

The minimum requirements for admission to a graduate program for a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy in Ocean Engineering are as follows: a Bachelor of Science in engineering, an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (out of a possible 4.0), GRE scores (verbal and quantitative combined) of at least 308, and a TOEFL score (for international students) of at least 600 on the paper based TOEFL; 250 on computer based TOEFL; 100 on IBET TOEFL. The POSE graduate committee may increase these minimum requirements.

Students with bachelor’s degrees and exceptional academic backgrounds may be admitted directly into the PhD program. Students admitted into the MS program may petition to move into the PhD program before completing the MS

Students considering doctoral study must have completed all previous graduate studies with at least a 3.5 grade point average and have clearly demonstrated a capacity for independent work. If a MS thesis or other comprehensive work was written at another institution, a copy of the thesis will be provided to the advisor when the student enrolls at University of Delaware.

Students will be assigned an advisor upon admission to the Ocean Engineering program and will be enrolled in the academic unit that is the home of the advisor (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering or the POSE program in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment).

Financial Aid

Please refer to Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships  for further information.

Railroad Engineering (Graduate Certificate)

Graduate Certificate in Railroad Engineering

Telephone: (302) 831-4863
Web: http://railroadengineering.engr.udel.edu/courses
Faculty Director: Dr. Allan M. Zarembski, P.E., FASME, Hon. Mbr. of AREMA
Administrative Contact: enggoutreach@udel.edu

Program Overview

Railroad activity in the United States is flourishing, with expansion across the industry - in freight, passenger (inter-urban and commuter), transit, and emerging high-speed rail. With increased activity comes the need for highly trained professionals to ensure operating safety, efficiency, and cost-effective use of resources. Yet many of the most experienced engineers and supervisors are retiring, leaving a gap in knowledge, experience and capability. This certificate program can help fill that need, as indicated by a market research study conducted in 2013 by the Education Advisory Board, which noted that “Completion of several courses in railroad engineering adequately prepares students to compete for employment in the rail transportation industry.” This graduate certificate is also designed for engineering professionals working in the area of railroad engineering or for those desiring to expand their knowledge of railroad engineering and related engineering disciplines, to thereby become viable candidates for advancement in the railroad industry.

The certificate program courses are all transferable into a graduate program in civil engineering or mechanical engineering.

Requirements for Admission

Matriculated graduate students in civil or mechanical engineering are eligible to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Railroad Engineering, using their elective course options to focus on the field and earn the certificate. Students should discuss this with their faculty advisor and notify their department’s Graduate or Undergraduate Academic Advisor.

Admissions and enrollment in railroad engineering certificate program courses by those who are not already matriculated in a graduate engineering degree program are managed through the Professional Engineering Outreach Program. GREs are not required for certificate program admission. The prospective student is required to submit a copy of his/her undergraduate transcript for review to ensure the necessary technical course background for success in the graduate railroad engineering courses. Those who hold an undergraduate degree in civil or mechanical engineering should meet the criteria. Upon approval by the Director of Professional Engineering Outreach, the student will be guided through the graduate admissions process. Part-time students are self- or industry-funded. Prospective students should contact Professional Engineering Outreach to begin the admission process: enggoutreach@udel.edu; (302) 831-4863.



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