Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Civil Engineering
College of Engineering
Academics and miscellaneous use. Named after William MacFarland Patton (1845-1905) who was Chair of Civil Engineering from 1896 to 1905 and Dean of the Department of Engineering from 1904 to 1905.
750 Drillfield Dr, Patton Hall MC:0105 Blacksburg VA 24061
Patton Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Civil Engineering
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
National Capital Region
• MEng
MEng Degree in Civil Engineering
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Civil Engineering
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
National Capital Region
Email Contact(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-6069
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Jan 15
Spring: Sep 01
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Interim Department Head : Mark Widdowson
Graduate Program Director : William Knocke (Associate Department Head)
Emeriti Faculty: Gregory Boardman; William Cox; J Duncan; Antoine Hobeika; Siegfried Holzer; David Kibler; James Mitchell; Thomas Murray; John Novak; Raymond Plaut; Clifford Randall; Kamal Rojiani; Dusan Teodorovic; Michael Vorster; Richard Weyers
Professors: Montasir Abbas; Thomas Brandon; Finley Charney; Andrea Dietrich; Randel Dymond; Marc Edwards; George Filz; Gerardo Flintsch; Daniel Gallagher; Stanley Grant (Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory); Russell Green; Zhen He; Jennifer Irish; William Knocke; Roberto Leon; John Little; Linsey Marr; Amy Pruden-Bagchi; Hesham Rakha; Carin Roberts-Wollmann; Adrian Rodriguez-Marek; Sunil Sinha; Antonio Trani; Peter Vikesland; Linbing Wang; Mark Widdowson
Associate Professors: Matthew Eatherton; Michael Garvin; Kathleen Hancock; Kevin Heaslip; Erich Hester; Ioannis Koutromanos; Matthew Mauldon; Nina Stark; Kyle Strom
Assistant Professors: Alexander Brand; Madeleine Flint; Hosein Foroutan; Matthew Hebdon; Susan Hotle; Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz; Eric Jacques; Farrokh Jazizadeh Karimi; Frederick Paige; Megan Rippy (Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory); Rodrigo Sarlo; Maryam Shakiba; Earl Shealy; Zhiwu Wang (Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory); Alba Yerro Colom
Associate Professor of Practice: Joseph Dove; Bryan Katz
University Distinguished Professor: Marc Edwards
Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor: George Filz; John Little
Research Associate Professors: Adil Godrej (Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory)
Charles P. Lundsford Professor: Linsey Marr
W. Thomas Rice Professor: Amy Pruden-Bagchi
Samuel Reynolds Pritchard Professor: Hesham Rakha
Nick Prillaman Professor: Peter Vikesland
David H. Burrows Professor: Roberto Leon
Assistant Professor of Practice: Robert Scardina; Claire White; Kevin Young

Civil Engineering Introduction

The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering awards the Master of Science in civil engineering, the Master of Science in environmental engineering, the Master of Engineering in civil engineering, and the Doctor of Philosophy in civil engineering. A Master of Science degree in environmental sciences and engineering are also administered within the department. 

For the civil engineering degrees, students may emphasize one or more of 10 discipline areas available for graduate study within the Department: civil engineering materials, civil infrastructure engineering, construction engineering and management, environmental engineering, geospatial engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. A minor may also be taken in one or more of the alternate branches of engineering or in an allied field, such as mathematics, engineering mechanics, chemistry, geology, or urban and regional studies.

As part of a land-grant University, the department strives to provide a mix of applied and theoretical learning and research opportunities. Success at achieving these goals and in offering attractive graduate study opportunities can be measured by the fact that graduate programs have grown substantially over the past 15 years, while student qualifications have also improved. Today, the graduating classes typically include approximately 140 MS degrees, and 25 Ph.D. degrees. The graduate enrollment of approximately 340-375 on the main campus and about another 20 students at extended campuses make this program one of the largest in the Southeast. The department ranks in the top 10 civil engineering and environmental engineering programs in the United States. 

The department has 56 full-time and twenty emeritus faculty members many of whom actively engaged with the department. Three faculty are members of the National Academy of Engineering, one is a member of the National Academy of Science, two are members of the National Academy of Construction, and ten hold prestigious named professorships.  Fifteen members of the faculty have been awarded Presidential Young Investigator, National Young Investigator, or CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation.  Two have been awarded the prestigious PECASE Award and seven have been awarded the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.  Faculty members within the department have received numerous national and regional awards for their teaching, research, scholarship and outreach activities.

Financial resources are available to support graduate students via a variety of funding mechanisms. The department annually awards the full-time equivalent of more than 40 graduate teaching assistantship positions. In addition, annual research expenditures (averaging approximately $15 million dollars) provide numerous opportunities for students to receive graduate research assistantships. Finally, the Via Endowment (established at $5 million dollars in 1987, now valued at nearly $15 million dollars) provides special funds for fellowships that support the highest quality M.S. and Ph.D. students (U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required for Via support) who pursue graduate studies in the department. The Via Endowment also provides special stipend support for a select number of Ph.D. students who receive an opportunity to pursue classroom instruction each year.

While the majority of the department's graduate activities occur in Blacksburg, there are also opportunities available in other areas of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Four full-time faculty, who specialize in Environmental & Water Resources Engineering are located at the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory in Manassas, Virginia (northern part of the state). A number of environmental and water resources graduate students conduct research in the Hampton Roads area in association with adjunct faculty at the Hampton Roads Sanitation District. 


Special Requirements

The master's programs have no foreign language requirement. For the Ph.D. program in civil engineering, no foreign language proficiency is required; however, the student's committee may prescribe a language requirement, computer skill, or other competency deemed necessary in the student's field of study.

Experimental Facilities

Approximately 75,000 square feet of experimental laboratory space is available in the Department to support research and teaching missions in several graduate program areas.

The environmental program occupies modern laboratories in Durham, Patton, Kelly, Steger and Hancock Halls. Laboratories and specialized experimental and analytical equipment support research programs related to such areas as water and wastewater treatment, hazardous and residuals waste management, water quality management, environmental chemistry, and air quality. Available equipment allows for the identification and quantification of most chemical and microbial environmental contaminants.
The environmental and water resources engineering program also includes the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory (Manassas, Va.), where research studies focus on runoff pollutant effects on receiving waters, reservoir eutrophication control, and watershed monitoring and management. The program also includes the Potomac Aquifer Recharge Monitoring Laboratory and SWIFT (Sustainable Water Initiative For Tomorrow) research center in Hampton, Virginia where research focuses on advanced water treatment and managed aquifer recharge.
The on-campus geotechnical laboratories contain specialized equipment for static and dynamic testing of soils, including triaxial compression and extension, simple and direct shear, hydraulic conductivity, and cubic or true triaxial displacement. The program area recently completed the W.C. English Geotechnical Research Laboratory at Plantation Road (a 6,000 sq. ft. facility) which will provide high quality research space. In addition, the Price's Fork Geotechnical Laboratory houses the Instrumented Retaining Wall Facility, the In Situ Test Instrument Calibration Chamber, and two drill rigs equipped for a variety of sampling and in situ testing techniques (e.g., cone penetrometers, dilatometers, self-boring pressure meters, and an enhancement seismograph). Other off-campus facilities include a pile load test site and a subsurface barrier test station.

The water resources laboratories support basic and applied research activities in the areas of water, sediment, and pollutant movement in surface and groundwater sources. The Kelso Baker Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory houses two large (each 70 ft. long) tilting flumes, a medium-length tilting flume, a 3-D laser Doppler velocimeter, a hot film anemometer, and numerous pieces of support instrumentation.

The Structures and Materials Laboratory at Plantation Road provides nearly 25,000 sq. ft. of specialized experimental testing space. The structures portion of the facility is designed for full-scale testing of structural components and systems, with two large available reaction floors. A variety of equipment systems is available for application of static and cyclic, real-time loads, including a 300,000-pound compression-tension machine.

The materials portion of this facility is designed for the evaluation of concrete, asphalt, and specialized composite materials. Examples of available facilities include a 400,000-pound compression testing machine, an environmental chamber, a freeze-thaw cabinet, a Wild MS petrographic microscope, a state-of-the-art MTS machine with environmental chamber, and dynamic shear and bending beam rheometers. Facilities available for non-destructive materials evaluation include electromagnetic and ultrasonic apparatus, a ground penetrating radar system, impact echo, and an infrared system.

Transportation and pavement related research is also supported through the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the associated Smart Road Research Facility. This two-mile test roadway includes state-of-the-art facilities that allow for research work to evaluate all-weather conditions (rain, fog, snow, mist, etc.) over a variety of pavement conditions.

Computing Facilities

Most of the Department's graduate programs maintain specialized computing capabilities for use by their graduate students. For example, the transportation infrastructure and systems program has developed an Air Transportation Systems Laboratory which contains a variety of computers and simulation equipment for conducting research studies related to air traffic control and air systems engineering. The environmental and water resources engineering program has also developed a small computer lab with 10 computers for use on research projects and advanced class work.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Computer Lab (CEECL) is maintained as a state-of-the-art, collaborative learning environment. The instructional lab provides excellent multimedia equipment for faculty to demonstrate and instruct students in the use of computing tools through the Department's curriculum. Department faculty and students also have access to supercomputing facilities and highly specialized (CAVE) visualization capabilities through the College of Engineering.
Offered In (Blacksburg, National Capital Region)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • iBT
      • 90.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal :
      • Quantitative :
      • Analytical :
Please NOTE that at the National Capital Region campus , students are housed at the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory (OWML), and while all graduate degree programs in CEE are available, the program area of focus within CEE is limited to the Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Program (EWR) at the NCR campus. 
Please see information about our graduate certificate programs in the certificate section of the Graduate Catalog.

See Departmental Manual at:  https://www.cee.vt.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Graduate-Policies-and-Procedures-Manual-Departmental.pdf

Concentrations

Program Area Concentrations

Blacksburg Campus: 

Construction Engineering and Management

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

Structural Engineering and Materials

Transportation Infrastructure and Systems Engineering


National Capital Region:  

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering - ONLY

Interdiscplinary Program Area Concentrations

Civil Infrastructure Engineering


Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • iBT
      • 90.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal :
      • Quantitative :
      • Analytical :
Offered In (Blacksburg, National Capital Region)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • iBT
      • 90.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal :
      • Quantitative :
      • Analytical :
Please NOTE that at the  National Capital Region campus  , students are housed at the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory (OWML), and while all graduate degree programs in CEE are available, the program area of focus within CEE is limited to the Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Program (EWR) at the NCR campus. 
Please see information about our graduate certificate programs in the certificate section of the Graduate Catalog. 

See Departmental Manual at:  https://www.cee.vt.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Graduate-Policies-and-Procedures-Manual-Departmental.pdf

Program areas within CEE: 

Blacksburg Campus: 

Construction Engineering and Management

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

Structural Engineering and Materials

Transportation Infrastructure and Systems Engineering


National Capital Region:   

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering - ONLY

Civil Engineering Facilities Introduction

The CEE department has a wide range of facilities to support its teaching and research goals.

CEECL Computer Laboratory

This instructional lab provides multimedia equipment (Computer, VCR, ELMO, LT) for faculty/staff to instruct audiences in the use of installed engineering software. The podium allows an instructor to project two independent video signals simultaneously on two separate screens. The primary purpose of this room is instruction for CEE courses and special classes

Kelso Baker Environmental Hydraulics Lab

Baker Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory (BEHL) is a 3100 square ft floor area facility, housing several research flumes and a wide variety of advanced research instrumentation and hydraulic measurement systems. The laboratory is devoted to environmental hydraulics related research.

Materials Laboratory

The materials laboratory provides 7700 sq. ft. of research space and contains equipment for evaluation of the performance of concrete and asphalt. Concrete and concrete- making materials performance evaluation equipment include rapid and critical dilation freezing and thawing cabinets, a computer-driven microscopic air void analysis apparatus, corrosion rate measuring devices, state-of the-art image analysis system, petrographic microscope, and facilities for wet chemical analysis.

Occoquan Monitoring Laboratory (Manassas, VA)

The Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory (OWML), Manassas, is responsible for making determinations in a number of areas critical to the ongoing management of water quality in the Occoquan watershed, situated on the southwestern periphery of the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. The basin encompasses six political subdivisions, including portions of four counties, and the entire land area of two independent cities.

Potomac Aquifer Recharge Monitoring Laboratory

The PARML, Hampton, is responsible for making determinations in a number of areas critical to the ongoing management of water quality in the Potomac aquifer, situated in the Hampton Roads area of Southeast Virginia.  This work is in association with managed aquifer recharge associated with the $1 billion SWIFT (Sustainable Water Initiative For Tomorrow) project. 

Structures Laboratory

The Structures and Materials Research Facility is located on the campus of Virginia Tech. The laboratory provides the structural and materials faculty the necessary equipment to conduct performance evaluations of civil engineering materials, and to conduct experimental research utilizing full-scale structural components. A total of 27,000 sq. ft. of laboratory and office space is available.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI)

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) continues to serve as Virginia Tech's largest university-level research center and is dedicated to conducting research to save lives, save time and save money in the transportation field by developing and using state-of-the-art tools, techniques, and technologies to solve transportation challenges. Its cutting-edge research is effecting significant change in public policies in the transportation domain on both the state and national levels.

W.C. English Geotechnical Research Laboratory

The W.C. English Geotechnical Research Laboratory is the most advanced of it's kind in Virginia and the mid-Altlantic region. The $1.1 million facility, located approximately one mile from campus, has spacious rooms, filled with specialized instrumentation. This laboratory boasts 6,100 square feet of research space.
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