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Graduate Programs

The mission of the graduate programs is to educate students in the Jesuit tradition of ethics based education who are competent in their technical field, appreciate the moral and ethical impact of their professional work and continue their professional development throughout their careers, to advance the state of technical and scientific knowledge through research and to provide service to the civic and professional communities.

A variety of graduate programs is available, each tailored to meet the interests and needs of the individual student.  A complete description of the graduate program including course offerings, application requirements, and degree requirements can be found in the Marquette University Graduate Bulletin. A synopsis of the degree programs offered in the Department is provided below.


The Department’s graduate degree programs include masters and doctoral degree specializations in: Construction Engineering and Management, Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics, Transportation Engineering and Materials.  There are also certificate programs available in: Construction Engineering and Management, Structural Design, Transportation, Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes, Water Resources Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Students pursuing the doctor of philosophy degree must complete 45 credits of course work beyond bachelor's degree (or 24 credits beyond the M.S. in most cases) and complete 12 dissertation credits.

The doctoral degree involves course work in the student's area of interest and in related areas. Moreover, a doctoral dissertation must be written and a public presentation (defense) of the work conducted is made. The doctoral dissertation represents the culmination of an original, significant research investigation and contribution to the body of knowledge.

Marquette University Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering graduates completing the doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree will have demonstrated:

Master of Science (MS)

Students pursuing the master of science degree may select one of two different options: Thesis Option; and Course Work Option.

The thesis option includes 24 credits of course work plus six MS thesis credits (30 total).  The thesis option involves an in-depth independent research experience in which the details are reported in the thesis. The thesis represents an original research contribution to the field and includes a presentation (defense) of the work conducted.

The course work option includes 30 credits of course work and does not require that the student submit a written document. This option includes a comprehensive examination upon completion of coursework and is attractive to those individuals who wish to obtain additional depth and breadth in one or more technical areas.

Marquette University Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering graduates completing the master of science (MS) degree will have demonstrated:

Research Centers

Students and faculty of the Department collaborate on research projects spanning a wide range of topics and these are often the subject of MS thesis and PhD dissertation work.  Many of these research activities are performed within the department's research centers/institutes: the Transportation Research Center, Water Quality Center, and in the Engineering Materials and Structural Testing Laboratory (EMSTL).  Research projects often utilize the department's many laboratory facilities, including labs dedicated to concrete and asphalt materials, geotechnical materials; environmental processes; and hydraulics.

Faculty Research Specializations

The faculty and their current areas of research interest are listed below. Students interested in graduate study in the MS (thesis option) and PhD programs are strongly encouraged to make direct contact with individual faculty to discuss possible collaboration in a field of mutual interest.

Transportation Engineering and Materials (TEAM)

James A. Crovetti, PhD
Analysis of material properties using nondestructive test data; mechanistic pavement design incorporating nonlinear material properties and seasonal effects; laboratory modeling of pavement systems; measurement of lad induced deformation behavior.

Alex Drakopoulos, PhD
Geometric design of highways; traffic operations; accident analysis; human factors.

Construction Engineering and Management (CEMA)

Mark O. Federle, PhD, PE
Organizational behavior in construction engineering and management; strategic planning, information technology and its impact on construction productivity; individual behavior and leadership; virtual design and construction or building information modeling; design-build project delivery; implementing best practices on the Web.

Saeed Karshenas, PhD, PE
System reliability analysis; construction safety; computer applications in construction.

Environmental Engineering (ENEN)

Brooke Mayer, PhD, PE
Detection/quantification, removal and inactivation of emerging enteric viruses as part of drinking water treatment processes including enhanced coagulation, UV disinfection and advanced oxidation using titanium dioxide photocatalysis. Design of sustainable engineering technologies targeting both microbial (e.g. viruses) and chemical (e.g. nutrients and carcinogenic byproducts) contaminants.

Patrick McNamara, PhD
Micropollutant impacts on microbial communities; Fate and removal of micropollutants; Antibiotic resistance; Residuals and biosolids; and Pyrolysis.

Daniel H. Zitomer, PhD, PE
Biological treatment of wastewater, contaminated soil; groundwater; hazardous waste.

Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics (SESM)

Christopher M. Foley, PhD, PE
Linear and nonlinear structural and finite element analysis; evolutionary algorithm applications in optimized structural design; structural steel building analysis and design; performance-based design of building and bridge structures; seismic analysis and design, reliability-based analysis of ancillary highway systems.

Stephen M. Heinrich, PhD
Microcantilever-based sensors; elasticity; solid/structural mechanics; mechanics of electronic packaging; mechanics of MEMS devices.

Ting Lin, PhD
Hazard, risk, and uncertainty; Earthquake ground motions; Climate change mitigation and adaptation; Interface between engineering and earth sciences; and Performance-based engineering.

Baolin Wan, PhD

Repair and retrofit structures, FRP materials, high performance concrete, prestressed concrete, numerical and experimental modeling.


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