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Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Faculty working with Students: 43
Students: 37
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 40.54%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • 7 IELTS Minimum score
  • 77 MELAB Minimum score

Degree Description:

Students may be accepted into the graduate program with undergraduate degrees in other than Civil Engineering (e.g., related areas such as mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, etc.). These students, however, may need to complete additional courses to cover deficiencies. Courses taken to satisfy deficiencies cannot be included in the program of study. Each student, in consultation with his/her graduate committee, will develop a plan of study. This plan outlines what courses will be required for completion of the degree. To develop a plan of study, students may choose from a variety of graduate and selected undergraduate courses offered in the area of emphasis. In addition, courses may be selected from a number of related courses in other programs in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as in other departments of the University.

Admission Requirements:

Admissions

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills that are necessary to achieve success as practitioners, teachers or researchers in civil or environmental engineering.
    • A thorough foundation and advanced knowledge in fields of civil or environmental engineering.
    • The ability to apply their knowledge to solve novel and emerging problems in civil or environmental engineering.
    • Able to teach in a variety of settings.
    • The ability to present their knowledge through publications and oral presentations.
    • Employment in industry, consulting firms or government agency.
    • Leadership in professional practice and service.
  2.  Become effective researchers in civil or environmental engineering.
    •  Original contributions to selected technical areas in civil or environmental engineering.
    •  Able to secure funds and manage resources to conduct research.
    •  Apply sound research methods, draw well-supported conclusions, and effectively communicate findings.
  3.  Have records of achievements that enhance the reputation and visibility of the doctoral program in civil engineering at Washington State University.
    • Hold responsible position in academia, national laboratory or industry.
    • Participation in professional organizations.
    • Obtained advanced degree.

Student Opportunities:

Opportunities to participate as National Lab internships, federal agency policy analysis internship, or an opportunity to do development work exist on a case-by-case basis.

Career Opportunities:

University
Consulting
Research labs
Federal state agencies

Career Placements:

University
Consulting
Research labs
Federal state agencies

Faculty Members:

Abbasi, Babak, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Molecular Dynamics modeling of clay, asphalt binder, and calcium silicate hydrate
Computational Fluid Dynamics methods in geotechnical engineering
Earthquake Engineering
Geomechanics of oil and gas wells and reservoirs
Bio-inspired geotechnics

Adam, Jennifer, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

•Hydrologic impacts of global change
•Earth systems modeling
•Land/atmosphere interactions

Akin, Idil, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Unsaturated soil mechanics
Laboratory characterization of mechanical, hydraulic, and physicochemical behavior of soils
Expansive clay behavior and geosynthetic clay liners
Bio-geotechnics

Allena, Srinivas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

•Ultra-High performance concrete
•Engineered cementitious composites
•Early-age and longer term shrinkage of concrete
•Concrete durability
•Reuse/recycling of materials
•Light weight aggregate concrete
•Supplementary cementitious materials

Amarasiri, Saumya, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

•Thermomechanics and Constitutive Modeling
•Computational Modeling
•Unsaturated soil mechanics
•Pavement digital image modeling and analysis
•Automated evaluation of pavement surface distresses and wear

Bender, Don, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

•Engineering analysis and design of timber structures
•Deck safety
•Laboratory testing and analysis of engineered wood components
•Composite materials, connections and assemblies
•Post-frame construction
•Nondestructive evaluation of wood materials
•Wood durability
•Building envelopes

Boll, Jan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Watershed hydrology, water quality, hydrologic modeling, integrated water resources management, and vadose zone hydrology

Bottenus, Courtney, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Transport processes and thermodynamics related to multiphase flow
Spray atomization
Material and Fluid Properties
Atmospheric chemistry related to speciation and characterization of particle phase aerosol
Alternative energy
STEM education

Chowdhury, Indranil, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental applications and implications of nanotechnology in the context of water infrastructure, food-energy-water nexus, and climate change, Fate, transport and removal of emerging contaminants in water, soil and sediment, water quality and treatment, nanoscale surface interactions, stormwater management.

Claiborn, Candis, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Atmospheric aerosols – sampling methods and chemical characterization
Receptor modeling
Atmosphere-biosphere interactions – field, laboratory and modeling experiments
Airborne particulate matter – emission measurements and windblown dust

Cofer, William F, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Structural mechanics
Numerical methods applied to linear, nonlinear, and dynamic structural analysis

Demissie, Yonas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Characterizing surface and subsurface hydrology
Inverse modeling and stochastic hydrology
Hydrological and water quality modeling
Data mining and assimilation
Optimizing hydraulic and hydrologic designs
Renewable energy and climate change impacts on hydrology

Dolan, James D, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

•Dynamic Loads on Low-Rise Buildings (Seismic and Wind)
•Dynamic Response of Light-Frame Buildings (Seismic, Wind, and Vibration)
•Full-Scale Static, Cyclic, and Dynamic Testing of Structural Assemblies (Walls, Floors, and Roofs)
•Response of Dowel Connections
•Numerical Modeling of Structural and Material Response to Static and Dynamic Loading (Finite Element Analysis and Closed-Form Numerical Modeling)

Engdahl, Nicholas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

•Mixing and reactive transport in heterogeneous porous media
•Applications of groundwater age and residence time
•Integrated modeling of coupled hydrologic systems
•Geostatistics and subsurface characterization

Englund, Karl R, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

•Polymer and natural fiber composite processing
•Evaluation of structural and physical performance of composite materials
•Recycle/reuse of waste materials for value-added products

Ginn, Tim, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Biogeochemical reactive transport, Exposure time in mass balance modeling and hydrologic age, Colloid filtration theory and microbial transport, Ureolytic calcite precipitation in granular media, Inverse problems in hydrology, Horizontal gene transfer, Alternative fuels environmental risk assessment, and Nonlocal transport processes and modeling

Hajbabaie, Ali, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Smart Cities
Network Signal Control
Smart Traffic Congestion Management
Connected/Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation Systems
Traffic Operations, Reliability, and Safety
Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, and Statistical Analysis Applications in Transportation Systems

Hohner, Mandi, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Watershed Disturbances
Drinking Water Quality and Treatment
Dissolved Organic Matter
Disinfection Byproducts

Hossain, Md. Akram, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Groundwater flow, Contaminant transport modeling

Jobson, Thomas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Measurement of Trace Organic Gases in the Atmosphere
Trace Gas Instrumentation
Tropospheric Photochemistry
Biogeochemical Cycling
Global Climate Change

Lamb, Brian K, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

– Regional grid modeling of photochemical air quality and windblown dust
– Application of atmospheric tracer techniques
– Biosphere/atmospheric interactions
– Three-dimensional turbulence modeling
– Greenhouse gas emissions

Lee, Ji Yun, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Structural reliability
Life-cycle analysis and risk assessment of civil infrastructure systems exposed to extreme events
Multi-hazard risk mitigation
Climate change effects on civil infrastructure design and maintenance strategies
Risk-informed decision-making
Infrastructure resilience and sustainability

Lee, Yunha, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Coupled chemistry-climate modeling, air quality modeling, aerosol dynamics, aerosol-climate interactions, air quality health impacts, aerosol remote sensing

Liu, Heping, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Micrometeorology; Microclimatology; Boundary-Layer Meteorology
Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions and Ecosystem-Climate Feedbacks

Liu, Ming Liang, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Dr. Liu’s research interests focus on characterizing effects of climate change and human activities on water resources and terrestrial ecosystems with the goal of improving our understanding of regional earth system and our ability to forecast its variability. His current research interest focus on green house gas emission from terrestrial ecosystems, historical land-use/land-cover change detection by using remotely sensed data, interactions between hydrological and biogeochemical cycles, regional earth system modeling, and land-ocean interactions. The common theme of his research is the development and application of process-based computer model for integrating in situ and remote sensing data to solve scientific and policy-related questions on large-scale regional and global environmental issues.

Moo-Young, H Keith, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Motter, Chris, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Behavior and design of reinforced concrete structures
Structural dynamics and earthquake engineering
Large-scale laboratory testing
Performance-based seismic design
Repair, retrofit, and assessment of earthquake-damaged structures

Muhunthan, Balasingam, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

•Thermomechanics and Constitutive Modeling
•Bifurcations and instabilities in geomechanics
•Microstructure characterization and simulation of geomaterials
•Pore-scale modeling of fluid flow
•Micropiles
•Fundamentals of soil behavior: critical state soil mechanics, micromechanics of soils, and physico-chemical behavior of clays

Nassiri, Somayeh, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Concrete pavement design, construction, repair and maintenance
Concrete material characterization
Pavement performance monitoring using instrumentation and non-destructive testing

Olsen, Karl, M.S., Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

-Nondestructive evaluation
-Sustainable design

Phillips, Adam, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Earthquake Engineering
Structural Steel Design
Hybrid Structures
Large-scale Structural Testing

Pollock, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Pressley, Shelley, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Trace gas measurement, in particular between the biosphere-atmosphere interface
The impact of climate change and future land use changes on air quality
The physiological controls of biogenic hydrocarbon emissions
Micrometeorological measurement techniques, including eddy covariance

Qiao, Pizhong, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Analytical and Applied Mechanics
Characterization and Mechanics of Concrete Materials
Advanced Polymer Composite Materials in Civil Infrastructure (Infrastructure Composites)
Mechanics of Composite Materials and Structures
Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Structural Shapes
Smart Composites and Structures
Structural Health Monitoring
Impact Mechanics and High Energy Absorption Materials
Fracture of Bonded Interfaces (FRP-Wood and FRP-Concrete)
Advanced and High Performance Materials for Highway Bridge Applications

Richey, Alexandra, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Dr. Richey’s research leverages a diversity of tools and data to better answer three questions: How much water do we have? How much water do we use? How much water do we need? Her main interest is in identifying and quantifying the interaction between human and physical systems, with a focus on groundwater and large-scale hydrologic systems. Currently, Dr. Richey’s research combines satellite and in situ observations of hydrologic systems into modeling and decision support frameworks over large regional scales, including in the Columbia Plateau Aquifer in the Pacific Northwest (USA) and in Central Asia. She mainly focuses on complex groundwater systems, where interdisciplinary approaches are necessary to understand both natural and anthropogenic drivers of aquifer change. She enjoys working at the interface of research and water resources management and has contributed to multiple “science diplomacy” efforts in the United States and internationally to advance the role of scientific research in decision making.

Shi, Xianming, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Value-added utilization of industrial or agro-based byproducts or waste in mortars/concrete, Environmentally sustainable materials and practices for transportation maintenance & operations

Vaughan, Joseph, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Atmospheric Pollutant Transport and Dispersion Studies
Air Quality Modeling
AIRPACT Air Quality Forecasting System
ClearSky System for Management of Agricultural Burning Smoke
Remote Sensing for Regional Air Quality Applications

Walden, Von, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
Infrared Spectroscopy
Polar Meteorology
Regional Climate Change

Watts, Richard J, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Physicochemical treatment processes, particularly chemical oxidations applied to the treatment of contaminated soils and groundwater

Wen, Haifang, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Constitutive modeling of pavement materials
Recycled materials and byproducts utilization
Pavement evaluation and rehabilitation

Wolcott, Michael P, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Biomass preparation
Biofuels industry logistics
Composite material development
Extrusion processing
Viscoelasticity and rheology
Adhesion
Anisotropic elasticity

Yadama, Vikram, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Mechanics of Wood and Wood Composites
Modeling of Engineered Wood Composites
Structure and Behavior, Behavior of Wood Joints
Industrial Extension/Outreach in Forest Products

Zhang, Kun, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Recycling of pavement materials and industrial by-products
Intelligent and functional materials for transportation infrastructures
Advanced numerical modeling (CFD, DEM, and FEM) for Engineering Applications

Contact Information:

Dena Spencer-Curtis
Washington State University
Sloan 108
Pullman, WA 99164
50-9335-4547
509-335-7632
Dr. Balasingam Muhunthan
Washington State University
Sloan 101
Pullman, WA 99164
509-335-9578
509-335-7632
Dr. Tom Jobson
Washington State University
PACCAR 448
Pullman, WA 99164
509-335-2692
509-335-7632