Course Descriptions for Required Classes

Design Project I introduces students to their assignment by communicating key logistical details and explaining the overall design process. The course acquaints students with codes and standards and how to apply them to ensure public safety; the roles of the core project team (e.g. owner, architect, engineer, fabricator, construction manager, contractor); and the informational tools of the trade (e.g. design drawings, shop drawings, erection drawings, as-built drawings). Students perform a code review to determine design loads and requirements for the selected structure.

Design Project II explores various potential structural systems for the building project. Students create preliminary designs for several steel and concrete gravity framing systems. With consideration for cost and performance criteria, students select one steel system and one concrete system to complete typical floor framing designs for the building.

Design Project III guides students through the detailed design phase of the project. Each team selects the structural system to use for their complete design of the building gravity and lateral load-resisting systems. Students then use computer software and hand calculations to analyze the lateral behavior of their assigned structure and design the structural members.

Structural Behavior Laboratory is the experimental study of how members, assemblages and structural systems behave. The course introduces the methods and equipment used in laboratory simulations, numerical simulations, and laboratory and in-situ measurements. Students learn how to plan, execute and report experimental studies on the performance of materials and large-scale structural systems, and how to conduct a non-destructive evaluation and damage assessment. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of steel and concrete design.

Mechanics and Behavior of Structural Members focuses on the behavior of structural members under a variety of loading conditions in the elastic and inelastic range. The course introduces the theory of elasticity and plasticity; basics of linear elastic fracture mechanics and fatigue; analysis of structural member behavior in axial, bending, shear, and torsion; stability analysis of beam-columns; beams on elastic foundations; and energy concepts and their use in structural analysis. Prerequisites: CEE 259 or equivalent.

Advanced Structural Analysis examines the theory and methods of linear and second-order structural analysis. Students explore linear theory and stiffness properties of structural members and linear transformations of structural analysis, and apply virtual work principles and development of displacement (stiffness) method of analysis in matrix form. The course introduces the second-order theory of structural members and second-order equations of structural analysis.

For detailed descriptions of all the graduate courses offered in the department of civil and environmental engineering, consult pp. 177 – 180 of the University Course Catalog.

Options in Course Sequence

The majority of our students complete the M.Eng. in structural engineering program in 10 months. It is possible to complete the program over an extended time frame. The department offers this option for students who are working while attending school, or who graduate in December and wish to begin the M.Eng. in the spring.

The structure of the curriculum requires that students take the design project courses in sequence during the same academic year. Students are also advised to take both Structural Behavior Laboratory and Design Project I during the same summer.

Students considering the extended time frame option should contact professor of practice and program director Jennifer Gross for additional details.