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2020-2021 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived 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

Ryan Beemer geotechnical engineering, foundations for offshore structures, offshore sediments

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

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

Walaa S Mogawer transportation engineering

Sukalyan Sengupta environmental engineering

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, 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:

(1) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

(2) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

(3) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

(4) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

(5) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

(6) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions

(7) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

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