Jan 17, 2019  
2018-2019 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Faculty and Fields of Interest

Alireza Asadpoure optimal design of materials and structures, computational fracture mechanics

Neil Fennessey hydrology, water resources engineering

Arghavan Louhghalam solid and fracture mechanics, structural dyanimcs and  stochastic vibrations, quantitative engineering sustainability

Daniel MacDonald (chairperson) hydraulics, fluid mechanics, ocean engineering

Heather J Miller geotechnical engineering

Walaa S Mogawer transportation engineering

Sukalyan Sengupta environmental engineering

Amir Taghavy computational hydrogeology, fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern, nanotechnologies for subsurface engineering applications

Mazdak Tootkaboni solid and structural mechanics, stochastic computational mechanics

Civil and environmental engineering is the engineering of constructed facilities; of buildings, bridges, tunnels, and dams; of harbors and airports; of waterways, railways, and highways; of water power, irrigation, drainage, and water supply; of wastewater and hazardous waste disposal and environmental health systems. Civil Engineers are the professionals who plan, design, direct the construction, and often maintain these facilities.

The department offers the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and the Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The department participates in the college’s co-op program.

The undergraduate Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of  ABET, http://www.abet.org.


The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UMass Dartmouth offers a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. The program provides service to meet the needs of students, industry, government, and society. The program offers excellence, access, and value through a strong commitment to teaching, scholarship, outreach, and professionalism. The program contributes to the economic development of the region by providing a resource of practice-oriented education for local industry and business, by conducting research, and by active involvement in community affairs.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor’s degree program in Civil Engineering will:

  1. Enter a career for which a Civil Engineering degree is used, required or beneficial.
  2. Continue life-long learning through practice or other educational venues.
  3. Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
  4. If still employed in the engineering profession, obtain Professional Licensure.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor’s degree program in Civil Engineering will demonstrate:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

(l) a basic working knowledge and awareness of laws, codes, regulations and standards

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