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

Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management

Ashok Pandit, Ph.D., P.E., Head

Degree Programs

Construction Management, B.S.  
Civil Engineering, B.S.  
Civil Engineering, M.S.  
  Areas of Specialization:
    Construction Management
Transportation Engineering
Water Resources
Civil Engineering, Ph.D.  

Graduate Certificate Program

Energy Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate  

Paul J. Cosentino, Ph.D., P.E., pavement design and evaluation, transportation planning, containment of hazardous wastes, geotechnical engineering with emphasis on in situ testing and slope stability.

Ashok Pandit, Ph.D., P.E., groundwater hydraulics and hydrology, numerical methods in subsurface modeling, hydraulic design, stormwater management.

Jean-Paul Pinelli, Ph.D., P.E., wind and earthquake engineering, risk analysis and risk modeling, wireless instrumentation.

Associate Professors
Albert M. Bleakley, Ph.D., P.E., construction management, project management, soil mechanics, structural systems, transportation engineering, safety.

Howell H. Heck, Ph.D., P.E., solid waste management, degradable materials, determining the ultimate fate of chemicals in disposal facilities.

Troy Nguyen, Ph.D., P.E., construction management, mechanical and electrical systems, renewable energy systems, systems engineering, building information modeling.

Nakin Suksawang, Ph.D., P.E., structural health monitoring and field testing; micromechanics, nanomechanics, advanced construction materials.

Assistant Professors
Junyong Ahn, Ph.D., project delivery systems and performance evaluation, construction productivity, project risk management, innovative construction techniques.

Rodrigo Mesa-Arango, Ph.D., freight and logistics, interdisciplinary transportation modeling, network modeling and simulation.

Professors Emeriti
Edward H. Kalajian, Ph.D.; Ralph V. Locurcio, Ph.D.; J.W. Schwalbe, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

The mission of the civil engineering and construction management department is to provide state-of-the-art education in a caring and nurturing environment, and helping students achieve their full potential. Civil engineering extends across many technical specialties such as construction, environmental, geological, structures, transportation and water resources that interact with each other. The planning, designing and constructing of facilities and infrastructure systems used in public and private sectors are the responsibility of the civil engineer. Civil engineers work with other professionals (architects, urban planners, policy makers) to design and construct buildings and operating infrastructures such as bridges, highways, aerospace facilities, ocean structures, ports and harbors, and utility facilities. Many civil engineers are involved in the solution and prevention of environmental problems and work on water resources management, soil and groundwater cleanup, and solid and hazardous waste management. Employment opportunities in civil engineering can be found in technical, administrative or commercial work with engineering consulting companies involved in design, construction, transportation or manufacturing; with power companies or city, state or federal agencies; with consulting companies involved with land development; and with architects.

The construction management degree program is designed to develop construction industry professionals with an understanding of basic engineering design coupled with management and business subjects such as project management, contracting, budgeting and cost control. The program incorporates current social, economic and technical developments in the field of construction, and reflects the application of evolving knowledge in construction and the behavioral and quantitative sciences. Construction managers efficiently convert the designs prepared by engineers into finished projects.


Research activities of the faculty encompass the major areas of civil engineering. Current research projects in structures are in the areas of wind and seismic engineering, control of vibrations, catastrophe risk modeling and wireless instrumentation development. Faculty also have a strong interest in concrete materials including studying concrete materials at a fundamental level using nanotechnology to characterize their mechanical properties, fiber-reinforced concrete and nondestructive testing technologies. Geotechnical research is concentrated in the areas of stabilization of waste materials for beneficial uses, in situ testing of soils, fiber-optic sensors in soils and evaluation of pavements. Research investigations in hydrology and water resources are related to development of numerical models and usage of existing models in the areas of numerical groundwater modeling, and design and performance of stormwater management systems. Model development is supplemented by field data collection and laboratory experiments. Research activities in the environmental area include water treatment using reverse osmosis and activated carbon, biomass production, degradation of consumer products, landfill and compost simulation and solid wastes management. Transportation research combines mathematical programing, network science and behavioral modeling to develop new transportation paradigms. Research activities include integration of novel truck datasets and analytics into enhanced models, development of business strategies for sustainable transportation, resilience in global interdependent systems and technological opportunities for freight transportation.

Laboratories for research and instructional activities are available in the areas of materials and structures, soil mechanics, unit operations and interactive graphics. Other campus laboratories can also be used by students conducting graduate research. The materials and structures laboratory is equipped with several universal testing machines for physical testing, and equipment and instrumentation for experimental stress analysis. The soil mechanics laboratory contains commercial equipment for evaluating the engineering properties of soils.