Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

We study the interface between the natural and built environments with emphasis on ensuring the sustainability and resilience of the world’s infrastructure through large-scale testing, field studies, and numerical simulations.  Special topics of interest include:

  • Scour and Erosion, including development of new tools to assess scour potential in-situ
  • Infrastructure Resiliency, including defining serviceability limit states for dams and levees
  • Offshore Energy Storage, through means such as compressed air for tidal and wind energy sources
  • Soil Improvement, including soil nailing, compaction grouting, and biocementation
  • Earthworks Studies, including assessment of cut and fill criteria and engineered soil behavior
  • Seabed Mechanics, including wave-induced response of coastal structures
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, including soil liquefaction
  • Modeling and Computing, including  fuzzy and neural network models
  • Granular Mechanics, including granular mixtures and discrete element method modeling


Related Courses

Course Number Course Name Fall Spring
CE 548 Engineering Properties of Soils C, D
CE 549 Soil and Site Improvement TBD TBD
CE 584 Hydraulics of Groundwater C, D, E
CE 593S Dynamics of Soils and Foundations C, D, E
CE 593U Unsaturated Soil Mechanics TBD TBD
CE 741 Geomechanics of Stress and Deformation C, D, O
CE 742 Deformation and Instability of Soils TBD TBD
CE 744 Foundation Engineering C, D, E
CE 746 Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering C, D
CE 747 Geosynthetics C, D, O
CE 793B Physico-chemical and Biologial Aspects of Soil Behavior C, D, O
CE 793N Modeling and Computing in Geotechnical Engineering TBD TBD

C: on campus, D: online, E: even years only, and O: odd years only.


Graduate Requirements

The Master of Science (MS) degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study, including a thesis of no more than 6 credit hours. The Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study and must include three hours of independent study with a written report. This degree is also available by distance education through Engineering Online.

Course work for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) normally includes about one year of full time study beyond either MS or MCE degrees. A dissertation reporting the results of an original investigation with contributions to the current state of knowledge is required. Other requirements include one academic year of residence and the passing of a written and oral qualifying examination. While a formal minor cannot be designated, supporting courses outside of the major are encouraged.

Facilities and Centers

Constructed Facilities Laboratory (CFL)
Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence – Natural Disasters, Critical Infrastructure, and Emergency Management