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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Field Description

Students in the M.S. or Ph.D. program may select one area of concentration. Each student in the Ph.D. program must take a qualifying examination shortly after receiving the M.S. degree, or, if a student comes to Cornell with an M.S. degree, within nine months after arrival. Additional information on the M.S. and Ph.D. programs is available on request from the graduate field office.

The professional degree of Master of Engineering (Civil & Environmental) is intended primarily for persons who plan to practice engineering directly. Admission preference is given to applicants with an accredited United States civil engineering degree or a substantial equivalent. The professional degree requires a minimum of thirty credits of graduate-level work in the principles and practices of the field. Specific requirements include a broad-based technical background in the field, courses in design, and professional practice. Additional information may be obtained from the Graduate Program Coordinator, 219 Hollister Hall.

The M.Eng.program in Engineering Management is geared towards engineers who want to stay in a technological environment, but advance to managerial roles. Through an in-depth, real-world group design project, and course content in management science, project management, decision and risk analysis, information technology, finance and accounting, and organizational behavior students gain the technical and managerial skills necessary to become effective engineering managers. They also learn managerial skills to help organize and supervise people from different cultures and backgrounds so as to maximize teamwork, creativity, and productivity, and to do so in an environment of global awareness and concern for ethical issues. Students learn to identify problems, formulate and analyze models to understand them, and interpret analysis results for managerial action. Further, they learn to navigate this process with a broad, global perspective that considers the full range of technical, economic, environmental, social and other consequences over an appropriate time horizon. While critically important to the success of engineering managers, many of these skills, the managerial and systems analysis abilities in particular, are not emphasized in traditional engineering curricula.

Civil Infrastructure Systems aims to augment the traditional education in infrastructure engineering with additional perspectives and systems methods to address  new challenges. These new  challenges are: understanding how structures behave as a system of components and how individual structures behave together as an infrastructure system and understanding the technical aspects of infrastructure engineering within the social, economic, political and cultural context in which they exist. Further, consideration must be given to long-term maintenance, operation and destruction and uncertainties that affect infrastructure system design and analysis.

Environmental Processes is concerned with the protection and management of the quality of the environment for the benefit of society. Degree programs emphasize biological, chemical, and physical phenomena and engineering principles; laboratory and computational skills; and their application to the analysis of relevant problems.

Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology involves the study of fluid mechanics of the environment and the associated application to hydraulics, hydrology, coastal oceanography, and meteorology as related to the wet earth and atmosphere.

Environmental and Water Resources Systems Engineering. Research and instruction in this area address the development and application of scientific principles, economic theory, and mathematical techniques to the management and planning of public infrastructure and environmental and water resource systems. Research projects include evaluation of engineering projects, groundwater contaminant modeling and remediation optimization, statistical analysis of hydrologic processes, hydropower systems optimization, water supply systems management, water quality planning, risk analysis, river basin and groundwater systems planning and operation, ecological systems management, sustainable development and computer graphics-oriented decision support systems.

Geotechnical Engineering is concerned with the study of the engineering properties and use of earth materials and the measurement of the behavior of earth and rock structures. It includes soil and rock mechanics and foundation engineering.

Remote Sensing covers the qualitative and quantitative analyses of aircraft and satellite images, as well as other remotely sensed data, as they are used in inventorying, monitoring, and assessing earth resources and the environment.

Structural Engineering includes, in addition to the conventional aspects of structural analysis and design, interests in computational mechanics, artificial intelligence, dynamics and earthquake engineering, behavior of thin steel structures, control of large-space structures, reliability, stochastic mechanics, natural disaster risk assessment and management, civil infrastructure systems, evaluation of structures and non-destructive testing, fracture mechanics, blast and impact loads, progressive collapse, and structural materials.

Transportation Systems Engineering embraces policy, planning, design, and evaluation of transport systems and the relationships among transport supply and demand, land use, and regional development. The approach is multimodal and systems oriented; it emphasizes the use of quantitative and analytical techniques of operations research and economics.

 

Contact Information

Website: http://www.cee.cornell.edu
Email: cee_grad@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-7560

219 Hollister Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-3501

 

Concentrations by Subject

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • environmental and water resources systems engineering
  • environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology
  • environmental processes
  • geotechnical engineering
  • remote sensing
  • structural engineering
  • structural mechanics (minor)
  • transportation systems engineering

Engineering Management

  • engineering management

Faculty

John Fredrick Abel - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: structural engineering; structural mechanics Research Interests: structural analysis and mechanics; structural dynamics; numerical methods, computer-aided design
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology Research Interests: environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental processes Research Interests: environmental engineering
Wilfred H Brutsaert - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology Research Interests: hydrology; hydraulics; groundwater flow
Paul Gerard Carr - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Engineering Management: engineering management Research Interests: engineering management; construction management (M.Eng. only)
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology Research Interests: environmental fluid mechanics
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: structural engineering Research Interests: architectural design; structural engineering
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: transportation systems engineering Research Interests: microeconometrics; transportation economics; sustainable energy systems
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology Research Interests: hydrodynamics of the coastal/open ocean and lakes; turbulence; hydrodynamic and biological interactions in aquatic systems
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology; transportation systems engineering Research Interests: daylighting; energy modeling; passive climate strategies; performance driven design workflows in both urban and architectural scale
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: structural engineering; structural mechanics Research Interests: computational, structural and solid mechanics; structural stability; behavior and design of metal structures
H. Oliver Gao - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Engineering Management: engineering management; Civil and Environmental Engineering: transportation systems engineering Research Interests: transportation systems; transportation and environment/energy
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: structural engineering Research Interests: structural engineering
James Michael Gossett - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental processes Research Interests: environmental engineering
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: structural engineering; structural mechanics Research Interests: structures
Douglas A Haith - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental and water resources systems engineering Research Interests: water resource systems
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental processes Research Interests: Environmental Processses
Concentrations: Engineering Management: engineering management; Civil and Environmental Engineering: structural engineering; structural mechanics Research Interests: structures; engineering materials; engineering management
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: structural engineering; structural mechanics Research Interests: structures
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology; structural engineering Research Interests: relationship between stress and deformation in slow deformations that involve enduring particle contacts and frictional forces, and rapid deformations in which momentum is assumed to be exchanged in instantaneous binary collisions between particles
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: structural engineering; structural mechanics
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental processes Research Interests: environmental engineering
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology Research Interests: hydraulics; fluid mechanics; coastal engineering
Daniel Peter Loucks - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Engineering Management: engineering management; Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental and water resources systems engineering Research Interests: water resource and environmental management systems
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental and water resources systems engineering; environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology Research Interests: global interactions between climate and bio-geochemistry through aerosols
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: geotechnical engineering; structural engineering; structural mechanics Research Interests: Structural Engineering & Geotechnical Engineering; minor:structural mechanics
Arnim Hans Meyburg - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Engineering Management: engineering management; Civil and Environmental Engineering: transportation systems engineering Research Interests: urban transportation planning and engineering
Linda K Nozick - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Engineering Management: engineering management; Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental and water resources systems engineering; transportation systems engineering Research Interests: transportation systems analysis; engineering management
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: geotechnical engineering Research Interests: geotechnical engineering
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: remote sensing Research Interests: remote sensing
Patrick M. Reed - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Engineering Management: engineering management; Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental and water resources systems engineering
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental processes
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental processes Research Interests: bioenvironmental engineering; microbial bioremediation; microbial ecology; assessing viability of environmental microbes
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: transportation systems engineering Research Interests: analysis and control of networked cyber-physical systems with a focus on transportation and other urban infrastructure systems
Richard Edward Schuler - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental and water resources systems engineering Research Interests: economics; utility regulation
Concentrations: Engineering Management: engineering management; Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental and water resources systems engineering Research Interests: population modeling; optimization; and uncertainty analysis, including environmental applications and high performance computing
Concentrations: Engineering Management: engineering management; Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental and water resources systems engineering Research Interests: stochastic hydrology; environmental and water resource systems
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental and water resources systems engineering Research Interests: water resource systems planning and management under hydroclimatic variability and change; uncertainty analysis in watershed modeling and the implications for decision-making; the evolution of hydrologic systems under anthropogenic impacts.
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: geotechnical engineering; transportation systems engineering Research Interests: geotechnical engineering
Concentrations: Engineering Management: engineering management; Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental and water resources systems engineering; transportation systems engineering Research Interests: transportation systems analysis; engineering management
Francis Vanek - (Ithaca) - (Divisional Member)
Concentrations: Engineering Management: engineering management Research Interests: engineering management
Derek H. Warner - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: structural engineering Research Interests: computational solid mechanics; deformation and fracture mechanisms; nanostructured materials and thin films; dynamic failure and fragmentation; parallel and multi-scale computing
Frank J. Wayno - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Engineering Management: engineering management Research Interests: management/leadership in technical organizations; organizational innovation and change; small group dynamics; high performance work systems (M.Eng. only)
Monroe Weber-Shirk - (Ithaca) - (Divisional Member)
Concentrations: Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology; environmental processes Research Interests: hydraulics/hydrology; environmental engineering (M.Eng. only)