(College of Engineering)
Amit M. Kanvinde, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department; 530-754-9471
Department Office. 2001 Ghausi Hall; 530-752-0586; http://cee.engr.ucdavis.edu
The civil engineering profession is responsible for designing, building, operating and maintaining the physical infrastructure and protecting the natural environment that together support human society in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. The need to predict and mitigate the impact of complex human- and nature-induced stresses on large-scale, geographically-distributed systems has never been more evident than now. These challenges and inevitable societal changes result in a need to develop and adopt new technologies and improved efficiency into the infrastructure.
The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; see http://www.abet.org.
Students are encouraged to adhere carefully to all prerequisite requirements. The instructor is authorized to drop students from a course for which stated prerequisites have not been completed. Exclusive of General Education units, the minimum number of units required for the Civil Engineering major is 152 (73 units in lower division and 79-85 units in upper division).
Areas of Specialization
Environmental Engineering. This area focuses on understanding and management of physical, chemical, and biological processes in natural and engineered systems. Areas of emphasis include improvement of air, land, and water quality in the face of increasing population, expanding industrialization, and global climate change. Examples of environmental engineering include innovative analysis and design of air, water, wastewater, and solid waste treatment systems; mathematical modeling of natural and engineered systems; life cycle analysis; sampling, analysis,
Suggested Advisors. H.N. Bischel, C.E. Bronner, C. D. Cappa, J.L. Darby, A. Kendall, M.N. Kinyua, M.J. Kleeman, F. J. Loge, J.R. Lund, M.P. Modera, D.A. Niemeier, S.G. Schladow, T.M. Young
Geotechnical Engineering. This area encompasses civil infrastructure and environmental problems that require the characterization and utilization of geologic materials (soils and rocks) to develop engineered solutions. This includes, but is not limited to, foundations for buildings and bridges, earthwork (e.g. dams, tunnels, highways), earthquake hazards (e.g. ground motions, liquefaction, soil-structure interaction), and
Suggested Advisors. R.W. Boulanger, Y.F. Dafalias, J.T. DeJong, J.T. Harvey, B. Jeremic, B.L. Kutter, P.C. Lucia, A. Martinez, K. Ziotopoulou
Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics. Structural Engineering addresses the conception, design, analysis, construction, and modeling of all types of civil infrastructure, including buildings, bridges, dams, ports, highways, and industrial facilities subject to loadings ranging from gravity and earthquakes, to extreme environmental events, with consideration of optimal and sustainable outcomes over the entire life-cycle. Structural Mechanics encompasses the theory of solid
Suggested Advisors. J.E. Bolander, Y.H. Chai, L. Cheng, Y.F. Dafalias, J.T. Harvey, A.M. Kanvinde, S.K. Kunnath, B.H. Maroney, S.A. Miller, M.M. Rashid, N. Sukumar
Transportation Planning and Engineering. This area deals with the movement of people and goods in a manner consistent with society's environmental and
Suggested Advisors. Y. Fan, J.T. Harvey, M.A. Jaller, A. Kendall, M.P. Modera, D.A. Niemeier, D. Sperling, H.M. Zhang
Water Resources Engineering. This area includes hydrology, hydraulics, fluid mechanics, and water resources systems planning and design. Hydrology deals with quantifying and understanding all aspects of the hydrologic cycle, including the relationships between precipitation, runoff, groundwater, and surface water. Water quality and contaminant transport issues are linked to hydrologic conditions. Hydraulics and fluid mechanics deal with flows in pipes, open-channel water-distribution systems, and natural systems, such as lakes and estuaries. Water resources systems planning and design
Suggested Advisors. F.A. Bombardelli, J.L. Darby, A.L. Forrest, J.D. Herman M.L. Kavvas, J.R. Lund, V.L. Morales, H.J. Oldroyd, S.G. Schladow, B.A. Younis
Additional information on areas of specialization and potential faculty advisors can be obtained from the departmental website.