Environmental Engineering

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a minor program in environmental engineering. Environmental problem formulation, identification of solutions, and then implementation require an interdisciplinary approach. Additional breadth can be obtained by combining an undergraduate major in physical, mathematical, social, or biological sciences with a minor in environmental engineering. This minor will develop quantitative approaches to environmental analysis and is good preparation for graduate study in environmental engineering within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Berkeley or elsewhere.

There is no major in environmental engineering.

Declaring the Minor

To be considered for admission to the minor, students should have the following:

  • An overall grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  • Completed the lower division prerequisite courses with a GPA of 3.0; for further information regarding the prerequisites, see the Minor Requirements tab on this page.
  • Upon admission to the minor, completed a minimum of five courses, of which no more than one can be counted toward of the requirements of the major(s).
  • A minimum of a grade-point average of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Completion of the minor cannot delay graduation.

After completion of the prerequisite courses, students need to complete and submit to the Civil and Environmental Academic Affairs office (750 Davis Hall) a Minor Program Application form.

Upon completion of the minor requirements, the student must complete and submit the Confirmation of Completion form to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s Office of Academic Affairs no later than two weeks after the end of the term in which the minor was completed.

Other Majors and Minors Offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering (Major only)
GeoSystems (Minor only)
Structural Engineering (Minor only)

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Minor Requirements

Minor programs are areas of concentration requiring fewer courses than an undergraduate major. These programs are optional but can provide depth and breadth to a UC Berkeley education. The College of Engineering does not offer additional time to complete a minor, but it is usually possible to finish within the allotted time with careful course planning. Students are encouraged to meet with their ESS adviser to discuss the feasibility of completing a minor program.

All the engineering departments offer minors. Students may also consider pursuing a minor in another school or college.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be taken for graded credit.

  2. A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses is required for acceptance into the minor program.

  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.

  4. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student’s major and minor programs.

  5. Completion of the minor program cannot delay a student’s graduation.

Lower Division Prerequisites

and Calculus
Multivariable Calculus
and Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Select one of the following:8
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry
General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis
and General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis
Physics for Scientists and Engineers
and Physics for Scientists and Engineers
ENGIN 7Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers (or equivalent)4
CIV ENG 93Engineering Data Analysis (or equivalent)3
CIV ENG C30/MEC ENG C85Introduction to Solid Mechanics3

Upper Division Minor Requirements

CIV ENG 100Elementary Fluid Mechanics (Prerequisites: CE C30/ME C85& CE 93- may be taken concurrently)4
or MEC ENG 106 Fluid Mechanics
CIV ENG 111Environmental Engineering (Prerequisites: CE 100, CE 11 recommended)3
Select three of the following:
Fluid Mechanics of Rivers, Streams, and Wetlands (Prerequisites: CE 100 or ME 106 or consent of instructor)
Introduction to Hydrology (Prerequisites: CE 93 & CE 100)
Air Pollution (Prerequisites: CHEM 1A & CHEM 1B, PHYSICS 7A)
Climate Change Mitigation (Prerequisites: Consent of instructor)
Environmental Engineering Design (Prerequisites: CE 100, CE 111, CE 167 -recommended)
Course Not Available (Prerequisites: CE 111)
Environmental Microbiology (Prerequisites: CHEM 1A & CHEM 1B)
Water Chemistry (Prerequisites: Upper Div Standing)
Chemistry of Soils (Prerequisites: CE 111 or equivalent)
Groundwater and Seepage (Prerequisites: Senior Standing, CE 100 is recommended)

UC and Campus Requirements

University of California Requirements

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing Requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a U.S. resident graduated from an American university should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

Campus Requirement

American Cultures

American Cultures (AC) is the one requirement that all undergraduate students at UC Berkeley need to take and pass in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity, and culture in the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.


Environmental Engineering

CIV ENG 11 Engineered Systems and Sustainability 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
An introduction to key engineered systems (e.g., energy, water supply, buildings, transportation) and their environmental impacts. Basic principles of environmental science needed to understand natural processes as they are influenced by human activities. Overview of concepts and methods of sustainability analysis. Critical evaluation of engineering approaches to address sustainability.

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CIV ENG 24 Freshman Seminars 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
The Berkeley Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Berkeley seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

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CIV ENG C30 Introduction to Solid Mechanics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
A review of equilibrium for particles and rigid bodies. Application to truss structures. The concepts of deformation, strain, and stress. Equilibrium equations for a continuum. Elements of the theory of linear elasticity. The states of plane stress and plane strain. Solution of elementary elasticity problems (beam bending, torsion of circular bars). Euler buckling in elastic beams.

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CIV ENG W30 Introduction to Solid Mechanics 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2018 8 Week Session, Summer 2016, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 8 Week Session
A review of equilibrium for particles and rigid bodies. Application to truss structures. The concepts of deformation, strain, and stress. Equilibrium equations for a continuum. Elements of the theory of linear elasticity. The states of plane stress and plane strain. Solution of elementary elasticity problems (beam bending, torsion of circular bars). Euler buckling in elastic beam
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CIV ENG 60 Structure and Properties of Civil Engineering Materials 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Introduction to structure and properties of civil engineering materials such as asphalt, cements, concrete, geological materials (e.g. soil and rocks), steel, polymers, and wood. The properties range from elastic, plastic and fracture properties to porosity and thermal and environmental responses. Laboratory tests include evaluation of behavior of these materials under a wide range of conditions.

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CIV ENG 70 Engineering Geology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Principles of physical and structural geology; the influence of geological factors on engineering works and the environment. Field trip.

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CIV ENG 88 Data Science for Smart Cities 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Cities become more dependent on the data flows that connect infrastructures between themselves, and users to infrastructures. Design and operation of smart, efficient, and resilient cities nowadays require data science skills. This course provides an introduction to working with data generated within transportation systems, power grids, communication networks, as well as collected via crowd-sensing and remote sensing technologies, to build demand-
and supply-side urban services based on data analytics.
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CIV ENG 88B Time Series Analysis: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
In this course, we will pursue analysis of long-term records of coastal water levels in the context of sea level rise. We will cover the collection, evaluation, visualization and analysis of time series data using long-term records of sea levels from coastal sites around the world. Specific topics will include extreme events and distributions, frequency-based descriptions, averaging, filtering, harmonic analysis, trend identification, extrapolations, and decision-making
under uncertainty.
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CIV ENG 92 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
A course designed to familiarize the entering student with the nature and scope of civil and environmental engineering and its component specialty areas.

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CIV ENG 93 Engineering Data Analysis 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Application of the concepts and methods of probability theory and statistical inference to CEE problems and data; graphical data analysis and sampling; elements of set theory; elements of probability theory; random variables and expectation; simulation; statistical inference. Use of computer programming languages for analysis of CEE-related data and problems. The course also introduces the student to various domains of uncertainty analysis in
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CIV ENG 98 Supervised Group Study and Research 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Supervised group study and research by lower division students.

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CIV ENG 99 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Supervised independent study by lower division students.

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CIV ENG 100 Elementary Fluid Mechanics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Summer 2018 8 Week Session, Fall 2017
Fluid statics and dynamics, including laboratory experiments with technical reports. Fundamentals: integral and differential formulations of the conservation laws are solved in special cases such as boundary layers and pipe flow. Flow visualization and computation techniques are introduced using Matlab. Empirical equations are used for turbulent flows, drag, pumps, and open channels. Principles of empirical equations are also discussed:
dimensional analysis, regression, and uncertainty.
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CIV ENG 101 Fluid Mechanics of Rivers, Streams, and Wetlands 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2010
Analysis of steady and unsteady open-channel flow and application to rivers and streams. Examination of mixing and transport in rivers and streams. Effects of channel complexity. Floodplain dynamics and flow routing. Interaction of vegetation and fluid flows. Freshwater and tidal marshes. Sediment transport in rivers, streams, and wetlands. Implications for freshwater ecosystem function.

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CIV ENG 103 Introduction to Hydrology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Course addresses principles and practical aspects of hydrology. Topics in introduction to hydrology include hydrologic cycle, precipitation, evaporation, infiltration, snow and snowmelt, and streamflow; introduction to geomorphology, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) applications, theory of unit hydrograph, frequency analysis, flood routing through reservoirs and rivers; introduction to rainfall-runoff analyses, watershed modeling, urban hydrology
, and introduction to groundwater hydrology.
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CIV ENG 105 Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2013
Hands-on design course in applied fluid mechanics, hydrology and water resources. Course goes beyond basic examples of fluid flow to develop environmental engineering solutions to real-world problems. A class team project is used to 1) explore the design process and project management, mirroring a workplace setting; and (ii) to integrate concepts from hydrology and fluid mechanics with structural, geotechnical and transportation engineering for
a holistic design approach. Specific project topics vary with offering. Example topics include: engineering for air quality, design for sea-level rise mitigation, and development of alternative water supplies to address scarcity and post-disaster management.
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CIV ENG C106 Air Pollution 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This course is an introduction to air pollution and the chemistry of earth's atmosphere. We will focus on the fundamental natural processes controlling trace gas and aerosol concentrations in the atmosphere, and how anthropogenic activity has affected those processes at the local, regional, and global scales. Specific topics include stratospheric ozone depletion, increasing concentrations of green house gasses, smog, and changes in the oxidation
capacity of the troposphere.
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CIV ENG 107 Climate Change Mitigation 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Assessment of technological options for responding to climate change. Overview of climate-change science; sources, sinks, and atmospheric dynamics of greenhouse gases. Current systems for energy supply and use. Renewable energy resources, transport, storage, and transformation technologies. Technological opportunities for improving end-use energy efficiency. Recovery, sequestration, and disposal of greenhouse gases. Societal context for implementing
engineered responses.
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CIV ENG 110 Water Systems of the Future 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 1999, Fall 1998
This course will familiarize students with the complex infrastructure used to meet human water demands; competing uses and demands; water and wastewater infrastructure; technologies to enable recovery of water, energy, and other resources from wastewater; supply planning; trends and forecasting; costs, pricing and financing; environmental justice; methods to assess sustainability; regulatory, policy and institutional challenges; and water's contribution
to other sectors (e.g., energy, food, buildings). Innovation, both barriers and opportunities, will be highlighted. California and the U.S. will be emphasized but global challenges will be discussed. Students will study, critique, and recommend improvements for a real-world system.
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CIV ENG 111 Environmental Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Quantitative overview of air and water contaminants and their engineering control. Elementary environmental chemistry and transport. Reactor models. Applications of fundamentals to selected current issues in water quality engineering, air quality engineering, air quality engineering, and hazardous waste management.

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CIV ENG 111L Water and Air Quality Laboratory 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
This laboratory course is designed to accompany the lecture topics in Civil Engineering 111. Each laboratory activity will provide an opportunity to understand key concepts in water and air quality through hands-on experimentation. Laboratory topics include phase partitioning, acid/base reactions, redox reactions, biochemical oxygen demand, absorption, gas transfer, reactor hydraulics, particle destablization, disinfection, and combustion emis
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CIV ENG 112 Environmental Engineering Design 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Engineering design and project management of environmental systems. Students will complete a design project focusing on pollution control in a selected environmental system. Lectures and project activities will address process design, economic optimization, legal and institutional constraints on design, and project management. Additional components of design (e.g., hydraulics, engineering sustainability, plant structures) will be include
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CIV ENG 113 Ecological Engineering for Water Quality Improvement 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2003, Fall 2002
Ecological engineering approaches for treating contaminated water using natural processes to improve water quality. Emphasis on combining basic science and engineering approaches to understand the fundamental processes that govern the effectiveness of complex natural treatment systems. Applications include constructed wetlands, waste stabilization ponds, stormwater bioretention, decentralized wastewater management, ecological sanitation. Laboratory
sessions will consist of design and monitoring of laboratory and full-scale natural treatment systems, including a range of water quality measurements.
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CIV ENG 114 Environmental Microbiology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2014
The scope of modern environmental engineering requires a fundamental knowledge of microbial processes with specific application to water, wastewater and the environmental fate of pollutants. This course will cover basic microbial physiology, biochemistry, metabolism, growth energetics and kinetics, ecology, pathogenicity, and genetics for application to both engineered and natural environmental systems.

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CIV ENG 115 Water Chemistry 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
The application of principles of inorganic, physical, and dilute solution equilibrium chemistry to aquatic systems, both in the aquatic environment and in water and wastewater treatment processes.

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CIV ENG C116 Chemistry of Soils 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Chemical mechanisms of reactions controlling the fate and mobility of nutrients and pollutants in soils. Role of soil minerals and humus in geochemical pathways of nutrient biovailability and pollutant detoxification. Chemical modeling of nutrient and pollutant soil chemistry. Applications to soil acidity and salinity.

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CIV ENG 120 Structural Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Introduction to design and analysis of structural systems. Loads and load placement. Proportioning of structural members in steel, reinforced concrete, and timber. Structural analysis theory. Hand and computer analysis methods, validation of results from computer analysis. Applications, including bridges, building frames, and long-span cable structures.

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CIV ENG 121 Structural Analysis 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Theory and application of structural analysis. Stiffness and flexibility methods, with emphasis on the direct stiffness method. Equilibrium and compatibility. Virtual work. Response of linear and simple nonlinear structures to static loads. Use of computer programs for structural analysis. Modeling of two- and three-dimensional structures. Verification and interpretation of structural response.

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CIV ENG 122L Structural Steel Design Project 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Introduction to one or more comprehensive structural design problems. Design teams will conceive structural system; determine design loads; conduct preliminary and final design of structure and its foundation; prepare construction cost estimate; prepare final report containing project description, design criteria, cost estimate, structural drawings, and supporting calculations; and make "client" presentations as required.

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CIV ENG 122N Design of Steel Structures 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Introduction to materials and methods of steel construction; behavior and design of tension members, compression members, flexural members and beam-columns; design of welds, bolts, shear connections and moment connections; design of spread footings or other foundation elements, inroduction to design of earthquake-resistant steel structures including concentrically braced frames and moment frames.

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CIV ENG 123L Structural Concrete Design Project 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Introduction to one or more comprehensive structural design problems. Design teams will conceive structural system; determine design loads; conduct preliminary and final design of structure and its foundation; prepare construction cost estimate; prepare final report containing project description, design criteria, cost estimate, structural drawings, and supporting calculations; make "client" presentations as required.

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CIV ENG 123N Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Introduction to materials and methods of reinforced concrete construction; behavior and design of reinforced concrete beams and one-way slabs considering deflections, flexure, shear, and anchorage; behavior and design of columns; design of spread footings or other foundation elements; design of earthquake-resistant structures; introduction to prestressed concrete.

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CIV ENG 124 Structural Design in Timber 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Characteristics and properties of wood as a structural material; design and detailing of structural elements and entire structures of wood. Topics include allowable stresses, design and detailing of solid sawn and glulam beams and columns, nailed and bolted connections, plywood diaphragms and shear walls. Case studies.

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CIV ENG 130N Mechanics of Structures 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2018 8 Week Session, Spring 2018, Summer 2017 8 Week Session
Elastic and plastic stress and deformation analysis of bars, shafts, beams, and columns; energy and variational methods; plastic analysis of structures; stability analysis of structures; computer-aided mathematical techniques for solution of engineering problems and modular computer programming methods.

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CIV ENG C133 Engineering Analysis Using the Finite Element Method 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This is an introductory course on the finite element method and is intended for seniors in engineering and applied science disciplines. The course covers the basic topics of finite element technology, including domain discretization, polynomial interpolation, application of boundary conditions, assembly of global arrays, and solution of the resulting algebraic systems. Finite element formulations for several important field equations are
introduced using both direct and integral approaches. Particular emphasis is placed on computer simulation and analysis of realistic engineering problems from solid and fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and electromagnetism. The course uses FEMLAB, a multiphysics MATLAB-based finite element program that possesses a wide array of modeling capabilities and is ideally suited for instruction. Assignments will involve both paper- and computer-based exercises. Computer-based assignments will emphasize the practical aspects of finite element model construction and analysis.
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CIV ENG 140 Failure Mechanisms in Civil Engineering Materials 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2010, Spring 2009
The failure mechanisms in civil engineering materials (cement-based materials, metallic- and polymer-based materials) are associated with processing, microstructure, stress states, and environmental changes. Fracture mechanics of brittle, quasi-brittle, and ductile materials; cracking processes in monolithic, particulate, and fiber reinforced materials; examples of ductile/brittle failure transitions in civil engineering structures; retrofitting
of existing structures; non-destructive techniques for damage detection.
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CIV ENG 153 Transportation Facility Design 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
A capstone class with the objective to design transportation facilities based on operational capacity, site constraints, and environmental design considerations. Emphasis on airports, including landside and airside elements, and environmental assessment and mitigation techniques.

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CIV ENG 155 Transportation Systems Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Operation, management, control, design, and evaluation of passenger and freight transportation systems. Their economic role. Demand analysis. Overall logistical structure. Performance models and modeling techniques: time-space diagrams, queuing theory, network analysis, and simulation. Design of control strategies for simple systems. Feedback effects. Paradoxes. Transportation impact modeling; noise; air pollution. Multi-criteria evaluation
and decision making. Financing and politics.
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CIV ENG 156 Infrastructure Planning and Management 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2011
This course focuses on physical infrastructure systems that support society, including transportation, communications, power, water, and waste. These are complex, large-scale systems that must be planned and managed over a long-term horizon. Economics-based, analytical tools are covered, including topics of supply, demand, and evaluation. Problem sets, case studies, and a class project provide for hands-on experience with a range of infrastructure
systems, issues, and methods of analysis.
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CIV ENG 165 Concrete Materials, Construction, and Sustainability 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Concrete materials: cements, supplementary cementitious materials, water, and admixtures. Sustainability analysis of concrete materials and mixtures. Development of special concretes: self-leveling concrete, high-performance concrete, and mass concrete. Consideration of sustainability of concrete construction methods used for buildings, highways, airfields, bridges, dams and other hydraulic structures. Non-destructive methods. Discussion of
long-term durability. Comprehensive group projects.
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CIV ENG 166 Construction Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2016, Fall 2014
Introduction to construction engineering and field operations. The construction industry, construction methods and practice, productivity improvement, equipment selection, site layout formwork, erection of steel and concrete structures. Labs demonstrate the concepts covered. Field trips to local construction projects.

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CIV ENG 167 Engineering Project Management 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Principles of economics, decision making, and law applied to company and project management. Business ownership, liability and insurance, cash flow analysis, and financial management. Project life-cycle, design-construction interface, contracts, estimating, scheduling, cost control.

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CIV ENG 171 Rock Mechanics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Geological and geophysical exploration for structures in rock; properties and behavior of rock masses; rock slope stability; geological engineering of underground openings; evaluation of rock foundations, including dams.

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CIV ENG 173 Groundwater and Seepage 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Introduction to principles of groundwater flow, including steady and transient flow through porous media, numerical analysis, pumping tests, groundwater geology, contaminant transport, and design of waste containment systems.

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CIV ENG 174 Engineering Geomatics 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2014 10 Week Session, Summer 2014 First 6 Week Session
Engineering Geomatics is a field that integrates collections, processing, and analysis of digital geospatial data. This new field is anchored in the established field of geodetics that describes the complex shape of the Earth, elements and usage of topographic data and maps. Basic and advanced GPS satellite mapping. Digital globe technology. Advanced laser-LIDAR mapping. Quantitative
terrain modeling, change detection, and analysis. Hydrogeomatics-seafloor mapping.
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CIV ENG 175 Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Soil formation and identification. Engineering properties of soils. Fundamental aspects of soil characterization and response, including soil mineralogy, soil-water movement, effective stress, consolidation, soil strength, and soil compaction. Use of soils and geosynsynthetics in geotechnical and geoenvironmental applications. Introduction to site investigation techniques. Laboratory testing and evaluation of soil composition and properties.

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CIV ENG 176 Environmental Geotechnics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Principles of environmental geotechnics applied to waste encapsulation and remediation of contaminated sites. Characterization of soils and wastes, engineering properties of soils and geosynthetics and their use in typical applications. Fate and transport of contaminants. Fundamental principles and practices in groundwater remediation. Application of environmental geotechnics in the design and construction of waste containment systems. Discussion
of soil remediation and emerging technologies.
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CIV ENG 177 Foundation Engineering Design 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2014
Principles of foundation engineering. Shear strength of soil and theories related to the analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations, and retaining structures. Structural design of foundation elements; piles, pile caps, and retaining structures. The course has a group project that incorporates both geotechnical and structural components of different foundation elements.

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CIV ENG C178 Applied Geophysics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
The theory and practice of geophysical methods for determining the subsurface distribution of physical rock and soil properties. Measurements of gravity and magnetic fields, electrical and electromagnetic fields, and seismic velocity are interpreted to map the subsurface distribution of density, magnetic susceptibility, electrical conductivity, and mechanical properties.

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CIV ENG 179 Geosystems Engineering Design 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 1996
Geosystem engineering design principles and concepts. Fundamental aspects of the geomechanical and geoenvironmental responses of soil are applied to analyze and design civil systems, such as earth dams and levees, earth retention systems, building and bridge foundations, solid-waste fills, and tailings dams. Students form teams to design geotechnical aspects of a civil project and prepare/present a design document. Field trip to a project si
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CIV ENG 180 Life-Cycle Design and Construction 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2015
Course encompasses two design aspects of a civil and environmental engineering system: 1) Design of whole system, component, or life-cycle phase, subject to engineering standards and constraints, and 2) production system design (e.g., cost estimation and control, scheduling, commercial and legal terms, site layout design). Students form teams to address real-life projects and prepare project documentation and a final presentation.

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CIV ENG 186 Design of Cyber-Physical Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Design and prototype of large-scale technology intensive systems. Design project incorporating infrastruture systems and areas such as transportation and hydrology; for example, watershed sensor networks, robot networks for environmental management, mobile Internet monitoring, open societal scale systems, crowd-sources applications, traffic management. Design of sensing and control systems, prototyping systems, and measures of system performance.
Modeling, software and hardware implementation.
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CIV ENG 190 Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016
This course covers current topics of interest in civil and environmental engineering. The course content may vary from semester to semester depending upon the instructor

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CIV ENG 191 Civil and Environmental Engineering Systems Analysis 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course is organized around five real-world large-scale CEE systems problems. The problems provide the motivation for the study of quantitative tools that are used for planning or managing these systems. The problems include design of a public transportation system for an urban area, resource allocation for the maintenance of a water supply system, development of repair and replacement policies for reinforced concrete bridge decks, traffic
signal control for an arterial street, scheduling in a large-scale construction project.
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CIV ENG 192 The Art and Science of Civil and Environmental Engineering Practice 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
A series of lectures by distinguished professionals designed to provide an appreciation of the role of science, technology, and the needs of society in conceiving projects, balancing the interplay of conflicting demands, and utilizing a variety of disciplines to produce unified and efficient systems.

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CIV ENG 193 Engineering Risk Analysis 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2015
Applications of probability theory and statistics in planning, analysis, and design of civil engineering systems. Development of probabilistic models for risk and reliability evaluation. Occurrence models; extreme value distributions. Analysis of uncertainties. Introduction to Bayesian statistical decision theory and its application in engineering decision-making.

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CIV ENG H194 Honors Undergraduate Research 3 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Supervised research. Students who have completed 3 or more upper division courses may pursue original research under the direction of one of the members of the staff. A final report or presentation is required. A maximum of 4 units of H194 may be used to fulfill the technical elective requirement.

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CIV ENG 197 Field Studies in Civil Engineering 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Summer 2018 8 Week Session, Summer 2018 First 6 Week Session
Supervised experience in off-campus companies relevant to specific aspects and applications of civil engineering. Written report required at the end of the semester.

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CIV ENG 198 Directed Group Study for Advanced Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Group study of a selected topic or topics in civil engineering.

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CIV ENG 199 Supervised Independent Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Summer 2018 10 Week Session, Spring 2018
Supervised independent study.

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.


Norman Abrahamson, Adjunct Professor. Civil and environmental engineering, earthquake ground motions, spectral attenuation relations.
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Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, Professor. Environmental microbiology, biodegradation of environmental contaminants, microbial carbon cycling, molecular tools for microbial ecology, metagenomics, biological hazardous waste treatment, bioremediation of groundwater pollutants such as PCE, TCE, DCE, VC, TCA, DCA, MTBE, BTEX, PBDEs, NDMA, Dioxane, PFOS, PFOA, fire-fighting foams.
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Francisco Armero, Professor. Computational mechanics, nonlinear continuum mechanics.
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Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, Professor. Structural engineering, bridges, buildings, eathquake engineering, collapse of structures, Steel structures, welds, bolts, protection of buildings and bridges against terrorist attacks, self anchored suspension Bay Bridge, fatigue and fracture of structures, failure analysis, gusset plates, base plates, seismic design, ethics in engineering, registered professional engineer, long span bridges, skyscrapers, World Trade Center collapse studies.
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Roger Bales, Adjunct Professor. Hydrology, water resources, climate, earth science, environmental engineering.
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Alexandre M. Bayen, Professor. Transportation, modelling and control of distributed parameters systems, large scale infrastructure systems, water distribution.
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Yousef Bozorgnia, Adjunct Professor. Ground motion hazard and earthquake engineering.
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Jonathan D. Bray, Professor. Earthquake engineering, geotechnical engineering, physical and numerical modeling, environmental geotechnics.
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Michael J. Cassidy, Professor. Traffic and transportation operations, traffic control.
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Fotini Katopodes Chow, Professor. Environmental fluid mechanics, large-eddy simulation, turbulence modeling, atmospheric boundary layer flow, flow over complex terrain, urban dispersion modeling, coupled land-atmosphere modeling, wind energy applications.
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Carlos F. Daganzo, Professor. Logistics, networks, urban transportation, traffic flow.
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Filip C. Filippou, Professor. Nonlinear analysis of structures, finite element analysis, seismic response simulation, seismic evaluation of structures by computer analysis.
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Ashok Gadgil, Professor. Fuel-efficient stoves, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, developing countries, drinking water, buildings energy efficiency.
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Steven D. Glaser, Professor. Wireless sensor networks, ecological monitoring, rock mechanics, geophysics, nano-seismology.
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Allen Goldstein, Professor. Global change, air pollution, environmental science, biogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry.
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Sanjay Govindjee, Professor. Finite element analysis, Theoretical and computational solid mechanics, constitutive theory, micromechanics, polymer mechanics, elastomer modeling, thermomechanics, continuum mechanics, failure analysis.
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Mark Hansen, Professor. Transportation economics, policy and planning, air transportation, public transportation.
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Robert Harley, Professor. Air pollution, atmospheric chemistry, motor vehicle emissions, ozone, sustainable transportation, air quality, emission inventory, photochemical air quality modeling, gasoline, diesel.
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Slav W. Hermanowicz, Professor. Water quality management, biofilms, membrane processes, water reuse, biological processes for water quality, physical sustainability.
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Arpad Horvath, Professor. Life cycle assessment, LCA, sustainability, green design, transportation, water, construction, biofuels, energy, environmental management, infrastructure systems.
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C. William Ibbs, Professor. Strategic trends, strategic planning, construction industry, project control, management systems, construction disputes, management of engineering and contruction projects, labor productivity, construction accounting and project finance.
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Adib Kanafani, Professor. Transportation economics, air transportation, transportation planning, transportation systems analysis, aviation policy and planning, urban and regional planning.
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Thomas W. Kirchstetter, Associate Adjunct Professor. Air pollution.
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Shaofan Li, Professor. Structural mechanics, computational mechanics and computational physics, finite element methods and meshfree particle methods, atomistic simulation and multiscale simulations, nonlinear continuum mechanics, soft matter mechanics, wave propagations, Modeling and simulation of material failures, Nano-mechanics, bio-mechanics and bio-physics, Cellular mechanics, micromechanics & composite materials.
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Baoxia Mi, Assistant Professor. Membrane separation, transport and interfacial phenomena, physicochemical processes, drinking water purification and wastewater reuse, desalination, environmental nanotechnology, and innovative applications of membrane technology to renewable energy generation, public health protection, and_hygiene and sanitation improvement for underdeveloped and disaster-ridden regions.
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Jack P. Moehle, Professor. Earthquake engineering, structural engineering, reinforced concrete, performance-based earthquake engineering, high-rise buildings, lifeline systems, rehabilitation (retrofitting), laboratory testing.
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Paulo J.M. Monteiro, Professor. Concrete behavior, structural materials.
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Khalid M. Mosalam, Professor. Earthquake engineering, concrete and masonry structures, fracture mechanics, damage mechanics.
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Scott Moura, Assistant Professor. Optimal control, PDE control, estimation, adaptive control, dynamic system modeling, energy management, battery management systems, vehicle-to-grid, smart grid.
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William W Nazaroff, Professor. Indoor air quality, pollutant-surface interactions, transport/mixing phenomena, aerosols, semivolatile organic compounds, bioaerosol dynamics, environmental tobacco smoke, source characterization, control techniques, exposure analysis.
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Kara L. Nelson, Professor. Water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, detection and inactivation of pathogens in water and sludge, appropriate technologies.
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Claudia P. Ostertag, Professor. Fiber reinforced concrete, mechanical behavior, toughening mechanisms.
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Alexey Pozdnukhov, Assistant Professor. Machine learning, spatial data mining, smart cities.
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James W. Rector, Professor. Geophysics, Oil and Gas, Unconventional Shale Gas Reservoirs, Horizontal Drilling, Fracking, Near Surface Seismology, Tunnel Detection, Treasure Hunting, and Geophysical Archaeology, Borehole Seismology.
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Michael Riemer, Adjunct Professor. Static evaluation, dynamic evaluation of soil properties, constitutive behavior of sands, liquefaction of unusual soils.
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Yoram N. Rubin, Professor. Risk assessment, hydrogeology, contaminant transport, geostatistics.
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David L. Sedlak, Professor. Fate and transport of and transformation of chemicals in the aquatic environment, water reuse and water recycling, urban water infrastructure, engineered treatment wetlands.
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Raja Sengupta, Professor. Transportation, wireless communications, inertial navigation for vehicle systems.
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Susan Shaheen, Adjunct Professor. Policy analysis, behavioral research, transportation, energy/environment, mobility and sharing economy, ITS (smartphone apps, automated vehicles), alternative fuels, and mobility for special populations (accessibility).
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Zuo-Jun Max Shen, Professor. Logistics, supply chain design and management, inventory management, auction mechanism design.
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Nicholas Sitar, Professor. Geotechnical earthquake engineering, wireless sensors, seismic slope stability, seismic earth pressure, rock erosion, groundwater remediation.
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Alexander Skabardonis, Professor In-Residence. Transportation, traffic engineering, traffic control systems, traffic management, the environment.
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Kenichi Soga, Professor. Infrastructure sensing and geomechanics for energy and sustainability.
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Mark Stacey, Professor. Environmental fluid mechanics, transport and mixing in stratified flows, dynamics of estuaries, lakes and the coastal ocean, interdisciplinary applications of environmental fluid mechanics.
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Robert L. Taylor, Professor. Computational mechanics, mechanics of solids, finite element methods, finite element software.
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Sally Thompson, Associate Professor. Nonlinear dynamics, spatial ecology, Ecohydrology, surface hydrology, arid and semi-arid watersheds and ecosystems, pattern formation, plant physiology, water resource sustainability.
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Iris D. Tommelein, Professor. Lean construction, lean production, design management, sustainability, supply-chain management, life-cycle engineering, civil infrastructure systems, adaptive project leadership, megaproject delivery, construction process engineering, integrated project delivery IPD, building information modeling BIM, virtual design and construction VDC.
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Evan A. Variano, Associate Professor. Fluid mechanics, turbulence, wetlands, imaging, plankton, sediment transport.
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Joan Walker, Professor. Behavioral modeling, with an expertise in discrete choice analysis and travel behavior.
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Affiliated Faculty

Paolo D'Odorico, Professor. Ecohydrology; Surface Hydrology; Ecosystem Ecology; Aeolian Processes; Desertification; Stochastic, Nonlinear Environmental Dynamics; Water and Food Security.

Marta Gonzalez, Associate Professor.
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Laurel Larsen, Associate Professor. Hydroecology, landscape dynamics, complex environmental systems, environmental restoration.

Paul Waddell, Professor. UrbanSim, land use models, transportation models, urban sustainability.
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Jasenka Rakas, Continuing Lecturer. Availability and reliability of communications, navigation and surveillance systems, airport systems planning and design, airport and airspace capacity and delay analysis, systems modeling and performance analysis, National Airspace System (NAS) infrastructure performance and investment analysis, air traffic flow management, cost/benefit analysis, simulation modeling and analysis, human factors and cognitive psychology.
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Ronald Shumway, Continuing Lecturer. Legal Resolution of Construction-Related Disputes.
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Emeritus Faculty

James M. Anderson, Professor Emeritus. Detection of faultline movements, modern surveying techniques, image processing applications, photogrammetry.
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Robert G. Bea, Professor Emeritus. Risk management, risk assessment, reliability, human and organizational factors, quality assurance, quality control, design, construction, maintenance, operations, decommissioning, ocean engineered systems.
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Alex Becker, Professor Emeritus. Civil and environmental engineering, geoengineering, airborne electromagnetic sensing systems, detection and classification of buried metallic objects, high frequency impedance measurements for non-invasive permittivity determination.
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Jack G. Bouwkamp, Professor Emeritus.

+ Anil K. Chopra, Professor Emeritus. Earthquake engineering, structural dynamics.
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Ray W. Clough, Professor Emeritus.

George A. Cooper, Professor Emeritus. Novel drilling methods, drill bit design, borehole stability, cryogenic drilling, diamond tooth wear; electro-osmosis to reduce bit balling.
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Keith C. Crandall, Professor Emeritus. Construction engineering.
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Armen Der Kiureghian, Professor Emeritus. Risk analysis, earthquake engineering, structural reliability, random vibrations.
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John A. Dracup, Professor Emeritus. Hydroclimatology, water resources systems, surface water hydrology.
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Mostafa Foda, Professor Emeritus. Continental shelf water dynamics, seabed mechanics.
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Richard E. Goodman, Professor Emeritus. Rock mechanics, characterization and analysis of discontinuous rocks.
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Alexander J. Horne, Professor Emeritus. Water pollution, behavior of pollutants in an aqueous environment.
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David Jenkins, Professor Emeritus. Biological wastewater treatment, water chemistry, wastewater chemistry.
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James M. Kelly, Professor Emeritus. Seismic response of structures, seismic-resistant design.
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Jacob Lubliner, Professor Emeritus. Plasticity, viscoelasticity.
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Samer M. Madanat, Professor Emeritus. Transportation systems analysis, transportation infrastructure management, transportation sustainability.
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Adolf D. May, Professor Emeritus. Operations, control systems, simulation modeling, detector systems, capacity Analysis, HOV Systems.
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Povindar K. Mehta, Professor Emeritus. Admixtures, aggregates, cements, composite materials, concrete, industrial waste management and waste reuse.
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James K. Mitchell, Professor Emeritus.

Carl L. Monismith, Professor Emeritus. Pavement design, pavement rehabilitation, asphalt paving technology, transportation facilities design.
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H. Frank Morrison, Professor Emeritus. Applied geophysics, electromagnetic methods, electrical properties of rocks, soils, field surveys and interpretation.
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+ Juan M. Pestana, Professor Emeritus. Geotechnical engineering, environmental geotechnics, constitutive modeling of soil behavior, soil properties, numerical modeling of soil-structure interaction, geotechnical earthquake engineering.
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Karl S. Pister, Professor Emeritus. Technology, K-12 math and science education, technological literacy, society.
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Graham H. Powell, Professor Emeritus. Bridges, earthquake engineering, computing, buidings.
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Jerome L. Sackman, Professor Emeritus. Viscoelasticity, mechanics, elasticity, impact and collision phenomena, materials properties, waves, dynamics.
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+ Raymond B. Seed, Professor Emeritus. Geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil/structure interaction, slope stability, performance of dams, waste fills.
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Hsieh Wen Shen, Professor Emeritus. Fluvial hydraulics, environmental river mechanics, basic sediment transport.
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Rodney J. Sobey, Professor Emeritus. Civil and environmental engineering, coastal hydrodynamics, estuaries and wetlands, wave theory, hydrodynamic circulation in the coastal-zone, transient response modes of water bodies.
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Garrison Sposito, Professor Emeritus.

Jerome F. Thomas, Professor Emeritus. Water, applied chemistry: air, corrosion.
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Martin Wachs, Professor Emeritus. Urban Transportation Planning , Transportation Economics and Finance, Ethics in Planning.
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William C. Webster, Professor Emeritus. Nonlinear coupled motions of offshore structures, operations research, shallow-water wave mechanics.
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Edward L. Wilson, Professor Emeritus. Computational mechanics, civil and environmental engineering, systems, numerical methods, analysis and design, large structural, field testing of structures.
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Contact Information

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

760 Davis Hall

Phone: 510-642-3261

Fax: 510-642-3261

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Department Chair

Robert Harley, PhD

763 Davis Hall

Phone: 510-643-8739


Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs

Mark Stacey

760 Davis Hall


Faculty Minor Program Adviser

Slav Hermanowicz, PhD

629 Davis Hall


Undergraduate Staff Adviser

Julia Konopasek

710 Davis Hall

Phone: 510-642-1022


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