Courses

The following is a list of CSEE graduate courses offered either regularly or within the past four years. Numbers in parentheses indicate credit hours.

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CIE 500 Special Topics in Civil Engineering (3)

CIE 500 presents advanced topics in civil engineering to meet the needs and interests of students. LEC. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CIE 500D Introduction to Seismic Design of Bridges (3)

This special topics course is intended to be an introduction to all important knowledge components involved in seismic design of highway bridges. The emphasis is given to the overall concepts and approach rather than in-depth study of technical details. One important objective of this course is to provide a systematic and integrated overview (total picture) of seismic design of bridges to the Master degree students who aspire to enter the structural engineering profession after the completion of this degree and who have not had the opportunity to take all the important courses in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, including finite-element analysis, structural design of steel and reinforced concrete structures, and seismic isolation. LEC.

CIE 500EC Modeling of Ecological Systems (3)

The course provides an introduction to ecosystem modeling to understand and evaluate the connections between components of natural systems. This course will provide an in-depth study about the structure and organization of ecosystems using energy circuit modeling to interpret and diagram interconnections within and between ecological systems. Students will model ecosystems in miniature using concepts of microcosmology, construct energy circuit diagrams of microcosms and natural systems, and convey their models for computational numerical simulation. The material for this course will provide a basis for introduction to environmental accounting and ecosystem valuation using concepts of energy hierarchy. LEC.

CIE 500G Design of Wood Structures (3)

Past performances of wood structures indicates wood to be a safe, durable and economical building material when used properly. The goal of the course is to teach structural engineering students how to analyze and design wood structures. The course will cover the properties of wood and its grading process; design of members for tensile, compressive, shearing and flexural forces; design of mechanical connections; and design of shear walls for lateral loadings. LEC. Note: This course is cross-listed with the companion undergraduate class, CIE 430.

CIE 500M Nonlinear Structural Analysis (3)

This course introduces methods of modeling and solution strategies for analysis for nonlinear structures. The course focuses primarily on structures composed of line-elements, such as trusses and beams, in two dimensions. Two sources of nonlinear structural behavior are considered, nonlinear material behavior, and nonlinear kinematics resulting from geometric second-order effects. LEC. Prerequisite: CIE 515.

CIE 500ENV Environmental Nanotechnology (3)

This course will introduce the graduate students to the applications and implications of the nanomaterials in the context of environmental relevance. Through interactive discussions, guest lectures, and literature review, this course will familiarize the students with the key principles governing nano-scale physics, chemistry, and biology. Topics will include: nano-scale phenomena, historical perspective, synthesis and manipulation of materials at nanoscale, traditional and advanced characterization techniques, natural vs. engineered nanomaterials, applications at the energy-environment nexus, and emerging concerns regarding nanomaterials' environmental fate, transport, and toxicity.

CIE 500 Engineering Piled Foundations (3)

Piles are column-type elements in a foundation that transfer load from a superstructure through weak compressible strata or water onto stiffer or more compact and less compressible soils or rock. The course provides guidelines and criteria for selection, design and installation of piled foundations. LEC.

CIE 500R Perspectives on Ecological and Environmental Restoration (3)

This course examines humanistic, social, and technological dimensions of ecological restoration from a variety of multidisciplinary perspectives. With a particular emphasis on Native American eco-centric, multicultural and analytic perspectives, the relationship between restoration and human ecology will be explored, including matters of culture, social context, and situated knowledge. Current and recent case studies are analyzed and the applicability of policies associated with those case studies considered. The underlying notions of restoration, sustainability, adaptation, and ecosystem are critically examined, both conceptually and normatively. LEC.

CIE 501, 502 Individual Problems (1-6)

These classes are offered for Master of Science candidates only. Studies are performed under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. TUT. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and approval of the department.

CIE 507 GIS Applications (3)

LEC.

CIE 508 Probabilistic Analysis and Design (3)

The course provides an in-depth introduction to probability, statistical analysis, and decision theory using civil engineering applications. Examples are drawn from problems in structural design and reliability, transportation, urban, and environmental systems, water resources, and engineering economics. LEC.

CIE 511 Solid Mechanics (3)

The course presents the fundamental principles of solid mechanics. Material covered in the class includes a review of vectors, matrices and tensors; the geometry of deformation; elastic constitutive theory; boundary value problems in elasticity; Ritz methods; linear beams and plates; energy principles; stability; planar buckling of beams; and an introduction to nonlinear solid mechanics. LEC.

CIE 512 Structural Reliability and Safety (3)

LEC.

CIE 515 Advanced Structural Analysis (3)

This course will build on concepts from undergraduate mechanics of solids and structural analysis courses, developing ideas in a more general setting and in a manner suitable for computer implementation. The goal is to develop the background needed to intimately understand principles behind advanced computer codes, used for example in analyzing structures in extreme events. With such an understanding, one can use these codes with confidence, improve upon them when necessary, and in some cases even develop new codes. In undergraduate courses, structures are typically analyzed making approximations such as small displacements and linear elastic material behavior. In many applications, such approximations are not valid. Therefore, a significant part of this course will be on nonlinear analysis of structures. There will be substantial emphasis on implementation.

CIE 516 Advanced Mathematics for Civil Engineers (3)

The course covers a range of topics in applied mathematics that are relevant to contemporary civil engineers in research. Topics include linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, Fourier analysis and partial differential equations. Fundamental concepts and analytical solution techniques of the topics are emphasized.

CIE 518 Masonry Design (3)

LEC.

CIE 519 Structural Dynamics Earthquake Engineering I (3)

LEC.

CIE 520 Random Vibrations (3)

The course provides a review of probability theory and a description of random processes and their origin. Topics addressed in the class include linear systems with single and multiple degrees of freedom, continuous structures, and nonlinear structures. LEC. Prerequisites: CIE 508 and CIE 519. Note: Faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) teach this class as MAE 536.

CIE 521 Plastic Analysis and Design (3)

Behavior of steel structures beyond the elastic limit and up to collapse; consideration of the various factors that may constitute design limitation studies of industrial frame types and comparison of design based on currently available allowable stress specification with design based on plastic design specifications and techniques. LEC. Prerequisite: CIE 324 or equivalent.

CIE 524 Steel Structures (3)

This course covers the basis of current design specifications for metal structures, including material behavior, failure under stress, strength theories, brittle fracture, fatigue, and residual stress. Topics covered in the class include fundamentals of member performance, bending and extension of beams, uniform and non-uniform torsion, column buckling including the effects of crookedness and rotation, inelasticity, residual stress, plate buckling, and design of girders. LEC. Prerequisites: CIE 423 (or equivalent) and CIE 428 (or equivalent).

CIE 525 Reinforced Concrete Structures (3)

This course is an advanced course in reinforced concrete. Topics addressed in the course include concrete materials; moment-curvature relationships; response of components to flexure, axial force and shearing force; anchorage; strut-and-tie models; limit analysis and design of slabs; seismic design of reinforced concrete buildings that include moment frames and/or shear walls; and seismic analysis and design of safety-related nuclear structures. LEC. Prerequisites: CIE 423 (or equivalent) and CIE 429 (or equivalent).

CIE 526 Finite Element Analysis (3)

This course provides the fundamentals of the finite element method, including elasticity, matrix algebra, calculus of vibrations, and energy principles. The formulation for axial, beam, isoparametric, membrane, plate, axisymmetric, three-dimensional, torsion, and fluid finite elements is presented. Solution methodologies and computer programming are discussed including the Ritz method, Galerkin's method and finite elements for stability and dynamics. LEC. Prerequisites: CIE 423 (or equivalent) and EAS 451 (or equivalent).

CIE 529 Pavement Design (3)

The analysis and design of flexible and rigid pavements is considered for applications to airports, highways, and other infrastructure. Topics addressed in the course include a soils and paving materials and their interaction; pavement behavior under different loading conditions and ambient conditions; and pavement evaluation, maintenance, and recycling. Laboratory work on asphaltic material properties and mixture design methods is undertaken. LEC. Note: This course is cross-listed with the companion undergraduate class, CIE 437.

CIE 530 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3)

This course examines the behavior of structural materials, such as concrete, soils, and metals. Topics covered in this course include the nature of soil, its formation and composition; stresses in a soil mass; effective stress; basic stress-strain relationships and their application; drained and undrained characteristics of cohesionless and cohesive soils; consolidation; Camclay models; incremental theory of plasticity applied to metal, concrete, and soils; failure theories for ductile and brittle materials; and laboratory methods for determining stress-strain and strength properties. LEC.

CIE 531 Design and Construction of Earth Structures (3)

The selection, engineering design, construction, monitoring and performance evaluation of earth structures are presented in this class. Topics of study include densification (soft ground consolidation, deep dynamic compaction, compaction); reinforcement (earth retaining systems; soil nailing; reinforced earth; micropiles; etc.); and ground improvement by admixtures, including grouting and soil mixing. LEC.

CIE 532 Statistical Methods in Civil Engineering (3)

This course provides students with the mathematical foundation for modern statistical methods relevant to applications in civil, structural and environmental engineering. Topics covered in the course include sampling design, hypothesis testing for regulatory compliance, nonparametric methods, analysis of variance, nonlinear regression, time series analysis, spatial statistics, and computer applications. LEC.

CIE 533 Design and Construction of Foundations (3)

This course covers the design and construction of foundation systems and addresses site investigation; selection of soil parameters; design of shallow foundations (single footings, strip footings, and mat foundations); deep foundations (piles and caissons); earth structures (retaining walls, sheet piles, bracing, tie backs, anchors, and reinforced earth), and ground improvement. This is a design-oriented course in which students work on a project, in groups of three, from schematic design through a final design report. LEC.

CIE 534 Earthquake Engineering and Foundation Dynamics (3)

Fundamental principles and design methods for geotechnical earthquake engineering and machine foundations are presented in this course. Topics covered in the course include basic concepts of seismology, earthquakes, strong ground motion, and seismic hazard analysis. The basic principles of wave propagation are used to develop procedures for site response analysis and to provide insight into such important problems as local site effects, liquefaction, seismic slope stability, and seismic design of retaining structures. Analysis and design procedures for dynamically loaded shallow and pile foundations are discussed. LEC. Prerequisite: CIE 519.

CIE 536 Traffic Operations and Design (3)

This course addresses the design, operation, control and management of transportation facilities. Topics covered in the course include geometric design of roadways, capacity analysis for freeway segments, signal timing and design, and intersection design and layout. Students are introduced to a number of traffic analysis and traffic simulation software, including SYNCHRO and SimTraffic. Students are required to undertake a comprehensive term project that involves detailed analysis and/or simulation of a transportation facility and write a survey-type paper on a topic of recent interest that is related to traffic operations and design. LEC. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing.

CIE 539 Travel Demand Forecasting (3)

The focus of this course is current and state-of-the-art methods for forecasting travel demand. A major component of the course focuses on the four-step urban transportation planning process consisting of the trip generation, trip distribution, mode split, and traffic assignment steps. Recent refinements to the process are discussed together with a brief introduction to activity-based models. LEC. Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing.

CIE 541 Groundwater Engineering (3)

This course presents the fundamentals of fluid flow and mass transport in porous media. The governing mass and energy balance equations are derived and several commonly applied solutions are developed. Other topics covered in the class include groundwater flow under saturated and unsaturated conditions, well hydraulics, multiphase flow, fundamentals of solute transport, geostatistics, and remediation of contaminated aquifers. LEC. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CIE 543 Water Quality Modeling in Natural Systems (3)

This course introduces the application of mathematical models to making rational decisions regarding the management of natural aquatic systems. Computer models are developed and used for the simulation of fate and transport of conventional and priority pollutants in streams, lakes and estuaries. LEC. Prerequisites: CIE 546 and CIE 562.

CIE 546 Environmental Fluid Mechanics (3)

The basic equations of unsteady fluid flow are developed in the course including continuity, Navier-Stokes equations, and conservation of energy. Transport processes, including molecular and turbulent diffusion of mass, momentum and heat, dispersion in open channel flow are discussed. The advection-diffusion equation is derived for mass conservation of a tracer in natural surface water and atmospheric systems, and specific analytical solutions are discussed for ideal pollutant sources. Jet and plume modeling, sediment transport, stratified flow and other selected topics are presented. LEC.

CIE 550 Hydrology (3)

This course addresses the hydrologic cycle-water budget, precipitation, evaporation, transpiration, and infiltration. Particular topics covered in the course include groundwater and surface water flow, storm analysis, hydrography analysis, and snow hydrology. Watershed simulation, frequency and correlation analysis, and hydrologic simulation are applied to the design of structures. LEC. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CIE 554 Numerical Methods in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering (3)

This course focuses on solution of initial and boundary value problems encountered in water resources and environmental engineering. Numerical solution methods are presented for linear and non-linear systems of algebraic equations and ordinary differential equations including finite difference methods, and finite element methods. Application of the methods to the solution of differential equations governing biological and chemical reactions and flow and chemical transport in aquatic systems are covered. LEC. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CIE 555 Discrete Choice Analysis (3)

The focus of this course is the theory and the state-of-practice of individual discrete choice modeling with applications in transportation and other fields. The course provides students with an understanding of the theory, methods, application and interpretation of Binary Logit, Multinomial Logit (MNL), Nested Logit and other members of the Generalized Extreme Value (GEV) family of models. The general theory and modeling methodology applicable to the discrete choice problems are discussed. Classroom examples and assignments focus on applications in the context of travel related choices. LEC. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing.

CIE 556 Physical/Chemical Unit Processes (3)

This course presents the principles of the physical and chemical unit processes used in water and wastewater treatment. Design criteria are developed from process principles. Topics covered in the class include particulate removal, chemical precipitation, oxidation, ion exchange, air stripping, adsorption, and ion exchange. LEC. Prerequisites: CIE 440 and CIE 564.

CIE 557-558 Engineering Project (1-6, by approval)

This course is available only to master’s degree candidates with projects that have been approved by their academic advisor.

CIE 561 Wind Engineering and Turbulent Flow (3)

LEC.

CIE 562 Ecological Engineering (3)

LEC.

CIE 563 Air Pollution (3)

This course surveys the sources, fates, effects and control of air pollution and air pollutants and covers industrial, agricultural and municipal contributions to acid rain, smog, and toxic air pollutants in fish and humans. LEC.

CIE 564 Chemical Principles in Environmental Engineering (3)

This course presents fundamentals in aquatic chemistry as applied to natural waters, water treatment, and wastewater treatment. Topics covered in the course include equilibrium, chemical thermodynamics, acid-base reactions, precipitation and dissolution, oxidation and reduction, carbonate system chemistry, and complexation. LEC. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CIE 565 Biological Principles in Environmental Engineering (3)

This course presents the fundamentals of microbial involvement in nature and environmental processes. Topics covered in the class include nutrient cycling, characteristics of microorganisms, microbial metabo­lism, microbial growth kinetics, nutrient transport mechanisms, bacterial adhesion and flocculation, microbial competition, biomonitoring, and the relationship between mi­croorganisms and disease. The role of microorganisms in various treatment processes, including suspended growth, fixed film, and anaerobic reactors is discussed. LEC. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CIE 569 Hazardous Waste Management (3)

Waste management continues to be a major global challenge for environmental engineers and other stakeholders. Technical, regulatory and societal aspects of Hazardous and Solid Waste Management are addressed. Topics related to Hazardous Waste include: (1) evolution of current laws dealing with hazardous waste disposal and cleanup; (2) investigation and remediation contaminated sites; and (3) environmental fate and transport of hazardous chemicals. Solid Waste topics include (1) social, economic and political forces that influence the waste management industry; (2) current laws governing solid waste management; and (3) emerging concepts, including Integrated Solid Waste Management, Materials Management, and Life Cycle Analysis. For both focus areas, a strong emphasis is placed on communication of technical issues to the public.

CIE 572 Advanced Concrete Materials (3)

This course provides state-of-the-art knowledge of advanced concrete materials, including high and ultra-high performance concretes, fiber-reinforced concretes, and strain-hardening cementitious composites. Students learn about the ingredients and the design philosophy behind these materials. Fracture mechanics, scale-linking, and fiber/matrix bond-related concepts that are central for understanding the behaviors of these materials are discussed in detail. Students gain hands-on experience of mixing, processing, and testing high performance concretes. Durability properties of materials are given equally significant attention as the mechanical properties. Basics of Life cycle analysis of structures is presented in the last part of this course as it helps the students to appreciate the importance of the durability of materials, along with the mechanical properties, in determining the long term performance of a structure and its repair and maintenance needs. By completing this course, the instructor’s expectation is that the students will be inspired to seek innovative applications of these materials in both industry and research.

CIE 573 Transportation Analytics (3)

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CIE 574 Traffic Safety (3)

LEC.

CIE 575 Geometric Design of Highways (3)

LEC.

CIE 579 Bridge and Highway Infrastructure Management and Public Policy (3)

This course covers issues, approaches, and practices in the management of bridge and transportation infrastructure systems and public policy. Topics covered in the course include the roles of bridge engineers in managing highway transportation infrastructure, specifications and standards of practice, capital project development and financing mechanisms, research funding processes, environmental issues, project delivery procurement methods, and asset management. LEC.

CIE 580 Emerging Technologies in Bridge Engineering (3)

This course surveys emerging technologies, including both software and hardware systems, which are intended to enhance the analysis, design, construction, performance, and asset management of bridges and highway infrastructure. Emphasis is placed on those technologies whose basic knowledge has been established but not yet fully deployed into bridge and infrastructure engineering practice. Examples may include nonlinear analysis methods and design software, energy dissipation and seismic isolation systems, accelerated construction methods, health monitoring, seismic and other retrofit methods and guidelines, integrated project delivery methods, and lifecycle asset management. Presentations by subject area experts complement those given by the instructor. LEC.

CIE 584 Design of Steel Highway Bridges

This course introduces the fundamentals of steel bridge theory, analysis, and design, including single and continuous span bridge structures. Other topics covered in the course include connection design and construction, fatigue analysis, deck design and bearing design. Industry-appropriate software is used for project work. LEC.

CIE 585 Bridge Engineering II (3)

CIE 585 is a continuation of CIE 584. This course has a focus on steel bridges and covers fabrication and erection, bolted connections and field splice details, abutments, and seismic design and finite element modeling of bridges, including curved girder bridges. Corrosion and the use of high performance steel are discussed. The results of recent relevant research are presented. Industry-appropriate software is used for the project work. LEC. Prerequisite: CIE 584 or permission of the instructor.

CIE 591 Estimating Construction Materials, Time, and Costs (3)

The capital-cost control cycle for construction planning and management is covered in this course. Topics coved include cost coding, pre-design estimating; material take-offs; price and wage conditions; labor productivity; indirect project costs; construction methods; and estimating costs for construction materials, activities, and equipment. LEC.

CIE 593 Construction Project Management (3)

This course covers a variety of topics related to construction project management, including life-cycle planning, project delivery strategies, contract types, preconstruction and mobilization, bid packaging, value engineering, scheduling, general conditions, quality control, risk management, safety, public and labor relations, and project closeout. LEC.

CIE 601, 602 Individual Problems (1-6)

LEC.

CIE 617 Advanced Finite Element Analysis (3)

This is the second course in the finite element methods. The emphasis is applications of the finite element method to problems in structural engineering and solid mechanics. Topics covered in the course include finite element fundamentals and variational formulations, isoparametric element formulations, advanced material models (viscoelastic, elastoplastic), dynamic analysis (modal analysis, time-domain analysis), geometric nonlinearities and contact mechanics. LEC.

CIE 618 Blast Engineering (3)

The course addresses response of structures to non-nuclear air-blast loadings. Topics studied include explosives chemistry, dynamical loadings, nonlinear response of single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) systems, P-I diagrams, air-blast loadings, clearing effects, equivalent SDOF analysis for blast loadings, implicit and explicit finite element analysis, wave propagation in air and solids, analysis for blast loading using finite element and computational fluid dynamics tools, fragmentation and testing methods. Students are assigned a class project involving the blast analysis of structural components using LS DYNA or similar. LEC. Prerequisites: CIE 519 and CIE 526.

CIE 619 Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering II (3)

The focus of this course is the earthquake-resistant design of structures and it builds on the first graduate course in structural dynamics, CIE 519. Topics covered in the course include an introduction to mechanics of earthquakes and characteristics of the strong ground motions; responses of structures and mechanical behavior of structural elements under seismic loadings; and techniques to analyze the linear and nonlinear dynamic responses of structures. Selected research topics and applications of basic principles to the design of buildings are addressed. LEC. Prerequisites: CIE 519, CIE 515, and CIE 428 (or equivalents).

CIE 623 Plastic Behavior of Material (3) (S)

Yield conditions and flow laws for rigid-perfectly plastic, rigid-strain hardening elastic perfectly plastic and elastic strain hardening materials. Minimum principles and theorems of limit analysis. (Also listed as MAE 623.) LEC. Prerequisite: CIE 511.

CIE 625 Base Isolation (3)

This course introduces the basic concepts of seismic (base) isolation and the seismic isolation systems that are widely used in North America. A focus is the analysis and design of individual elastomeric and sliding bearings, and seismic isolation systems. The use of energy dissipation devices as part of the isolation system is also examined. Testing of seismic isolators, project case studies and code provisions are discussed. LEC.

CIE 626 Structural Control (3)

The focus of the course is passive control of earthquake-induced response of buildings. Topics addressed in the course include available passive energy dissipation systems and their advantages and disadvantages, and modeling energy dissipation devices for first-principles calculations and using commercially available software. Other topics may include code-based requirements for the implementation of energy dissipation devices in structures, testing of passive energy dissipation devices, discussions of past implementations of passive energy dissipation devices, semi-active and active energy dissipation devices and systems, and seismic isolation. LEC. Prerequisite: CIE 519 or permission of instructor.

CIE 631 Transportation Network Analysis (3)

The focus of this class is modeling flow patterns through urban transportation networks. An analytical approach to modeling the resulting flow pattern is adopted, based on the formulation and solution of the traffic assignment problem as a non-linear optimization problem. Among the topics covered in the course are transportation networks and optimality, cost functions, deterministic and stochastic user equilibrium assignment, origin-destination matrix estimation, and network reliability and design. LEC. Pre-requisite: CIE 539.

CIE 642 Ecological Systems Modeling (3)

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CIE 680 Structural Health Monitoring and Nondestructive Evaluation (3)

The course covers the principal methods used for non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM) of structural components. Relevant physical principles of continuum mechanics, electrical engineering, acoustics and elastic wave propagation underlying the experimental methods are addressed. Sensor data acquisition and interrogation and ultrasonic digital signal processing are discussed. Laboratory demonstrations are given on selected topics. LEC.

CIE 701 Engineering for Ecosystem Restoration (3) (Summer)

This course involves three field-intensive workshops focusing on engineering and ecological aspects of stream and lake restoration and their surrounding watersheds. The course is split into three one-week modules, each with a different topical approach and team-taught by guest lecturers who are experts in their fields: River Processes, Fluvial Geomorphology and Channel Processes (Module 1); Stream Ecology and Restoration, Function Based Hydraulic Structure, Biological Assessment and Bioengineering Design (Module 2); Great Lakes Ecology and Hydrology (Module 3). LEC.