(College of Engineering)
Amit M. Kanvinde, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department; 530-752-2605
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 153 (74 units in lower division and 79-89 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, transport and transformation of natural and anthropogenic pollutants; and modeling of air pollutant emissions.
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 characterization and utilization of geologic materials (soils and rocks) to develop, design, analyze and model engineered solutions. This includes, but is not limited to, foundations for buildings, bridges, retaining structures, earthwork (e.g. dams, tunnels, highways), pavements, effects of earthquakes and other natural hazards (e.g. ground motions, liquefaction, soil-structure interaction, landslides, tsunamis), ground improvement methods (e.g. compaction, cement mixing), and geo-environmental problems (e.g. ground water flow, subsurface contaminant transport and remediation).
Suggested Advisors. R.W. Boulanger, Y.F. Dafalias, J.T. DeJong, J.T. Harvey, B. Jeremic, B.L. Kutter, A. Martinez, K. Ziotopoulou
Structural Engineering & Structural Mechanics. Structural Engineering addresses the conception, design, analysis, construction, retrofit 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 safe, serviceable, and sustainable outcomes over the entire life-cycle. Structural Mechanics encompasses theories for solids and structures, and the associated methods of analysis, computation and materials characterization used in the practice of Structural Engineering. For both disciplines, materials of particular interest include steel, concrete, timber, advanced composites and particulate media.
Suggested Advisors. M. Barbato, J.E. Bolander, Y.H. Chai, L. Cheng, Y.F. Dafalias, J.T. Harvey, B. Jeremic, A.M. Kanvinde, S.K. Kunnath, B.H. Maroney, S.A. Miller, M.M. Rashid, N. Sukumar
Transportation Planning & Engineering. This area deals with the movement of people and goods in a manner consistent with society's environmental and socio-economic goals. Transportation engineering applies engineering, physical and mathematical sciences, economics, and behavioral social science principles to plan, analyze, design, and operate resilient and sustainable transportation systems, such as highways, transit, airfields and ports. Transportation planning involves the formulation and analysis of transportation policy, program, and project alternatives. Societal goals, budgetary constraints, socio-economic (such as safety, equity and mobility) and environmental (such as air and water quality, climate change, and clean energy) objectives, and technological feasibilities (such as vehicle, infrastructure, and information technologies) are considered.
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 deals with the comprehensive development of water resources to meet the multiple needs of industry, agriculture, municipalities, recreation, and other activities.
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.