Civil Engineering: Structural Engineering and Resilient Civil Infrastructure

Civil infrastructure is the backbone of the economy of any country. Buildings, power plants, bridges, and other living and transportation infrastructure are the essential lifelines needed to ensure sustainable development and economic growth of modern societies. During their lifetime civil infrastructure such as bridges, high-rise buildings, nuclear power plants, and offshore platforms are exposed to extreme natural and man-made hazards that have the potential to cause severe damage, life and economic losses.

The recurrence of extreme events such as earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding and explosions has significantly increased in recent years, posing a challenge to civil engineers to design sustainable and resilient structures to reduce the risks associated with disasters.

The career-focused Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a specialization in Civil Infrastructure aims to train civil engineers with the fundamental knowledge and tools needed to design sustainable and resilient structures to resist the effects of extreme natural and man-made events. The program also seeks to develop the expertise needed to assume leadership roles in industry.

Core Requirements

Students must take six advanced courses and one seminar (19 credits)

Advanced Courses

  • CEVE 500 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • CEVE 524 System Reliability Methods
  • CEVE 525 Sustainable Infrastructure Materials
  • CEVE 527 Physics guided ML-Data Driven FEM
  • CEVE 531 Reinforced Concrete Buildings
  • CEVE 537 Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures
  • CEVE 539 Advanced Structural Analysis
  • CEVE 541 Structural Steel Buildings
  • CEVE 545 Origami Engineering
  • CEVE 554 Computational Fluid Mechanics
  • CEVE 560 Bridge Engineering and Extreme Events
  • CEVE 562 Infrastructure Resilience
  • CEVE 571 Soil Mechanics and Foundations
  • CEVE 576 Structural Dynamic Systems
  • CEVE 578 Earthquake Engineering
  • CEVE 592 Modeling and Analysis of Networked Systems
  • CEVE 596 System I.D. and Machine Learning
  • CEVE 678 Applied Stochastic Mechanics
  • CEVE 679 Applied Monte Carlo Analysis


  • CEVE 601 or CEVE 602 Seminar

Elective Requirements

Directed civil engineering electives

Students may take up to two courses from the following list of directed civil engineering electives or from the advanced courses list (6 credits)

  • CEVE 514 Coastal Hazards in a Changing Climate
  • CEVE 543 Data-Driven Models for Climate Hazard
  • CAAM 550 Numerical Analysis
  • CEVE 517 Finite Element Methods
  • CEVE 555 Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
  • MECH 502 Vibrations
  • RCEL 506 Applied Statistics and Data Science for Engineering Leaders

Professional Development Electives

Students may take up to one course from the following list of professional development electives (3 credits)

  • ANTH 532 The Social Life of Clean Energy
  • CEVE 505 Engineering Economics and Project Management
  • CEVE 506 Global Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
  • CEVE 507 Energy and the Environment
  • CEVE 528 Engineering Economics
  • CEVE 529 Ethics and Engineering Leadership
  • ECON 601 Energy Economics
  • ENGI 501 Workplace Communication
  • NSCI 511 Science Policy and Ethics
  • NSCI 610 Management for Science/Engineering
  • RCEL 501 Engineering Management & Leadership Theory and Application
  • RCEL 502 Engineering Project Management
  • RCEL 503 Engineering Product Management in Industry 4.0
  • RCEL 504 Ethical-Technical Leadership
  • RCEL 505 Engineering Economics
  • RCEL 542 Professional Communication for Engineering Leaders

MCEE Final Project (2 credits)

  • CEVE 590 MCEE Special Study