Carnegie Mellon University

Comprehensive Examination Committee

The Comprehensive Examination Committee consists of four members including:

  • A minimum of two full-time faculty from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, one of whom must be tenured faculty
  • A third faculty member from either the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering or another department at Carnegie Mellon University
  • A fourth member from another department at Carnegie Mellon University, another university, or a governmental or industrial research group as appropriate

The composition of the committee should be mutually agreed upon by the student and his/her advisor. It is important to note that the examination committee members are not necessarily the same as members of the student’s doctoral committee.

It is the responsibility of the Chair of the candidate’s doctoral committee to:

  • Organize the committee
  • Make necessary requests to depart from the established requirements
  • Make recommendations on the examination results to department faculty