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12-100 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering

Introduction to selected subfields in the discipline, such as structural engineering, construction project management, and environmental engineering. Problem-solving exercises apply fundamental concepts from these subfields to integrate the steps of analysis, synthesis,…
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12-200 CEE Challenges: Design in a Changing World

Students will be challenged to solve problems related to conventional, cutting-edge, and emerging issues in Civil and Environmental Engineering and one or more of the areas of the built, natural and information environments, such as smart cities. Students will gain an…
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12-201 Geology

Introduction to physical geology; common rocks and rock-forming minerals and their chemical compositions/structure, physical properties, origins, and uses; geologic processes: surface and ground-water flow, volcanism, mountain-building, tectonics, glaciation,…
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12-212 Statics

Introduction to vector mechanics; equivalent systems of forces; equilibrium of rigid bodies; free body diagram; distributed forces, hydrostatic forces, effective forces, centroids; applications to simple statically determinate trusses, beams, frames, cables and other…
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12-215 Introduction to Professional Writing in CEE

The objective of the course is to prepare students for writing technical re­ports and essays assigned in CEE courses and laboratories, writing professional letters and reports for internships and pro­fessional positions, preparing documents in a team…
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12-216 Research Skills and Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering undergraduates will learn and practice research skills relevant to both academic research and engineering practice. Exposure to a breadth of cutting-edge Civil Engineering research topics and projects will be achieved through expert presentations and…
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12-231 Solid Mechanics

Analysis of deformable bodies incorporating concepts of stress, strain, mechanical properties of materials, and geometric compatibility. Response under axial loads, torsion, bending, transverse shear, and combined loadings. Stress and strain transformations and Mohr's…
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12-232 Solid Mechanics Lab

Analysis of stress-strain relationships, torsion of solid shafts, deformation due to bending, deformations in three dimensions, Mohr's circle representation of stress and strain, buckling of slender columns. Laboratory experiments and reports associated with theoretical…
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12-271 Introduction to Computer Application in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Introduction to the use of computer-based applications in civil engineering, using generic tools such as spread-sheets, equation solvers and computer graphics. Discussion of the role of computer-based methods in civil engineering practice.

12-301 CEE Projects: Designing the Built, Natural and Information Environments

Students investigate the elements of civil and environmental engineering projects and advance their design, communication and teamwork skills through hands-on experiences. Students also advance their understanding of the professional and ethical aspects of engineering…
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12-335 Soil Mechanics

Sampling, testing, and identification of soils. Physical, chemical and hydraulic characteristics. Stress-strain-strength relationships for soils. Permeability, seepage, consolidation, and shear strength, with applications to deformation and stability problems, including…
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12-336 Soil Mechanics Laboratory

Examination of material properties and behavior of soils. Experiments include soil classification, permeability, compaction, consolidation and strength tests.

12-351 Environmental Engineering

Provides a scientific and engineering basis for understanding environmental issues and problems. Introduces material and energy balances for tracking substances in the atmosphere, source and ground waters, and soil systems. Pertinent environmental laws are described,…
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12-352 Environmental Engineering Lab

Laboratory and field experiments that illustrate the basic principles of environmental engineering. (Required for CEE students, not for others)

12-355 Fluid Mechanics

Fluid characteristics; continuity, momentum and energy equations; dynamic similitude; laminar and turbulent boundary layers; flow in pipes; lift and drag on immersed bodies; open channel flow.

12-356 Fluid Mechanics Lab

Fluid properties: density, specific gravity, viscosity; fluid characteristics; continuity, conservation of energy; fluid behavior: center of pressure, pipe flow, open-channel flow. Laboratory experiments illustrating basic principles.

12-358 Materials Lab

Examination of materials properties and behavior of concrete, masonry, and timber.

12-401 Civil & Environmental Engineering Design

Methodology for formulating and solving design problems, characterized by incomplete specifications, open-ended solution space, and partial evaluations. The methodology is illustrated and applied in the context of realistic design problems drawn from civil and…
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12-411 Project Management for Construction

Introduction to construction project management from owner's perspective in organizing planning, design, construction and operation as an integrated process. Examination of labor productivity, material management and equipment utilization. Cost estimation and financing of…
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12-421 Engineering Economics

Basic concepts of economic analysis and evaluation of alternative engineering projects for capital investment. Consideration of time value of money and common merit measures such as net present value and internal rate of return. Selection of independent projects and…
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12-600 Auto-CAD

AutoCAD is a mostly online course. The course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of computer-aided design (CAD)software. Students learn how to set up CAD projects using Autodesk's AutoCAD software. Topics include coordinates, lines, circles, arcs, zooms, snaps…
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12-603 Special Topics: Construction Estimating

The course will discuss methods of taking quantities from plans; preparation of unit price and lump sum estimates for structural units, including material, expediting, job supervision, site selection, and progress charts and graphs. It will furthermore provide working…
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12-606 Traffic Engineering

Introduction to traffic engineering providing practical experience that can be used directly in the workforce. Course material will provide a solid foundation in preparing for the Transportation portion of the Professional Engineer exam. The course incorporates the…
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12-629 Environmental Microbiology for Engineers

This class provides a general introduction to microorganisms in natural and engineered environments. Selected topics include: cellular architecture, energetics and energy conservation, growth and catabolism; evolution and genetics; population and community dynamics; water…
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12-631 Structural Design

Design of structural members for bending moment, shear force, axial force, and combined axial force and bending. Reinforced concrete, structural steel, and composite beam construction are considered. Buckling effects in columns, beams and local plate segments are…
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12-635 Structural Analysis

Classical and matrix-based methods of structural analysis; energy principles in structural mechanics. Basic concepts of force and displacement methods for analyzing redundant structural systems. Matrix methods utilizing flexibility (force) and stiffness (displacement) concepts.

12-636 Geotechnical Engineering

Behavior of geotechnical structures; engineering design of geotechnical structures considering failure modes; uncertainties; economic issues, required design formats and relevant code provisions; performance requirements for foundations, subsurface investigations;…
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12-638 Behavior of Structural Systems

Students will learn how structural systems work, the rationale behind building design codes, and how to design structures that can resist complicated loads like wind and earthquakes. Topics include fundamental principles of structural design, common structural systems,…
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12-645 Smart Cities: Growth and Intelligent Transportation Systems

Cities all around the world are being built and re-invented as smart cities utilizing information systems and innovative applications of data analytics. One major smart cities component is transportation. The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) industry is expected…
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12-651 Air Quality Engineering

The course provides a quantitative introduction to the processes that control atmospheric pollutants and the use of mass balance models to predict pollutant concentrations. We survey major processes including emission rates, atmospheric dispersion, chemistry,…
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12-657 Water Resource Systems Engineering

Principles and applications of open channel flow. Hydrology of surface and ground water sources and the estimation of water requirements. Planning and design of water distribution and wastewater and storm water collection systems.

12-659 Special Topics: Matlab

This mini course is designed to be a practical introduction to engineering scientific computation. The topics of this class will include basic matrix computation, solving ordinary and partial differential equations, solving systems of linear equations, computing…
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12-676 Special Topics: Fundamental Concepts and Methods of Structural Mechanics

This course will cover topics including an Introduction to Structural Dynamics, consisting of single degree-of-freedom systems, linear multi-degree-of-freedom systems, and relevant properties of symmetric matrices; Wave Propagation, consisting of Elements of Linear…
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12-679 Special Topics: Intro to Meteorology

The course targets entering doctoral students in atmospheric research, as well as interested upper-level undergraduates (juniors and seniors) and masters students across engineering and sciences. This course provides students with the basics of meteorology, with…
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12-702 Fundamentals of Water Quality Engineering

This course is a systematic overview of water quality engineering designed for students with no prior civil and environmental engineering background. Topics examined include physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of water; common water pollutants; basic water…
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12-703 Numerical Methods in Engineering

This course emphasizes numerical methods to solve differential equations that are important in engineering. Procedures will be presented for solving systems of ordinary differential equations and boundary value problems in partial differential equations. Students will be…
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12-704 Probability and Estimation Methods for Engineering Systems

Overview of rules of probability, random variables, probability distribution functions, and random processes. Techniques for estimating the parameters of probability models and related statistical inference. Application to the analysis and design of engineered systems…
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12-706 Civil Systems Investment Planning and Pricing

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and quantitative methods used in engineering systems, and how to communicate results. Its primary audience is first-year graduate students in engineering. The course covers economic-based decision-making…
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12-709 Data Analytics for Engineered Systems

Use of analytics is rapidly transforming decision making as individuals and firms begin to leverage analytics in various functional areas to improve data-driven planning and decision making. This course will cover the underlying fundamental concepts and principles…
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12-712 Introduction to Sustainable Engineering

This course begins with an overview of the concept of sustainability, including changing attitudes and values toward technology and the environment throughout the twentieth century. Models for population growth, global food production, and global water resources are then…
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12-714 Environmental Life Cycle Assessment

Cradle-to-grave analysis of new products, processes and policies is important to avoid undue environmental harm and achieve extended product responsibility. This course provides an overview of approaches and methods for life cycle assessment and for green design of…
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12-718 Environmental Engineering, Sustainability, and Science Project

This course integrates and exercises students in a significant sustainable engineering and/or environmental project that is team-based and built upon the knowledge, skills, and technologies learned in the core and specialist courses in the EESS graduate curriculum.

12-720 Water Resources Chemistry

This course provides a rigorous yet practical basis for applying the principles of physical chemistry to understanding the composition of natural waters and to the engineering of water and wastewater treatment processes. Topics covered include chemical equilibrium and…
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12-725 Fate, Transport & Physicochemical Processes of Organic Contaminants in Aqua Systems

Examination of the major physical and chemical processes affecting the fate and treatment of organic compounds nanoparticles in aquatic systems. The emphasis is on anthropogenic organic compounds. The course will review some concepts from physical organic chemistry, and…
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12-726 Mathematical Modeling of Environmental Quality Systems

Development and application of mathematical models for environmental systems. Material balance formulations and their solutions, computer implementation, model validation, uncertainty analysis, and use for projection and policy analysis. Applications to surface water,…
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12-729 Environmental Microbiology for Engineers

This course is intended for first-year graduate students who enroll in 12-629; additional work is required by way of a term project.

12-734 Special Topics: Structural Health Monitoring

Structural health monitoring system, which enables us to automatically diagnose and prognose structural damage, is important to ensure a safe and functional built environment. This area requires a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses structural engineering,…
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12-740 Data Acquisition

The intent of this course is to introduce students to the concepts, approaches and implementation issues associated with data acquisition for infrastructure systems. Students will be introduced to the types of data that is collected about infrastructure systems,…
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12-741 Data Management

This course introduces students to database management systems and database principles. Students will learn how to develop powerful tools for efficiently managing large amounts of civil engineering data so that it may persist safely over long periods of time. Students…
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12-745 Advanced Infrastructure Systems Project

This course will integrate and exercise students in a significant AIS system development project that is team-based, related to some area of infrastructure systems, industry driven, and built upon the knowledge, skills, and technologies learned in the core and specialist…
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12-746 Special Topics: Fundamental Python Prototyping for Infrastructure Systems

This course uses the Python programming language to introduce fundamental programming approaches to students from civil and environmental engineering. This course will cover fundamental programming approaches, object-oriented programming concepts, graphical user interface…
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12-747 Sustainable Buildings

This course will cover the basics of the design, retrofit and monitoring of buildings to achieve energy efficiency. We will introduce energy simulation tools, the fundamentals of the most important building systems (i.e., heating, cooling, ventilation, insulation, etc.)…
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12-748 Mechanical and Electrical System Design for Buildings

Class will cover HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing systems for buildings. We will calculate heat loss and heat gains manually and with computer programs and calculate operating costs with various fuels and system types. We will size building electrical systems and look at…
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12-749 Climate Change Adaptation

While the specific timing and magnitude of climate change impacts are uncertain, long-lived civil engineering infrastructure will need to be resilient to these potential impacts. Engineers designing for climate change adaptation require the tools to maximize resiliency…
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12-750 Infrastructure Management

This course takes a broad view of infrastructure systems to include physical infrastructure and information networks. The course will consider the need to protect these critical infrastructures from both degradation as well as malicious attacks. Infrastructure management…
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12-751 Air Quality Engineering

The course provides a quantitative introduction to the processes that control atmospheric pollutants and the use of mass balance models to predict pollutant concentrations. We survey major processes including emission rates, atmospheric dispersion, chemistry, and…
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12-755 Finite Elements in Mechanics I

The basic theory and applications of the finite element method in mechanics are presented. Development of the FEM as a Galerkin method for numerical solution of boundary value problems. Applications to second-order steady problems, including heat conduction, elasticity,…
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12-757 Vibrations

This course is concerned with the response of discrete and continuous linear elastic systems subjected to dynamic excitation. Newtons equations, Lagranges equations, and variational principles are used to formulate the problems; their solution is based primarily on direct…
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12-761 Sensing and Data Mining for Smart Structures and Systems

This course will introduce smart monitoring systems for applications in physical structures and systems. Such monitoring systems enable us to understand the performance of the physical systems and diagnose/prognose their critical status using technologies, such as sensor…
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12-765 Special Topics: International Climate Adaptation & Infrastructure Innovation

Although an international problem, climate change will affect each country's critical infrastructure in diverse ways. This course will focus on understanding how international communities are adapting and innovating to reduce critical infrastructure risk. Students will…
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12-766 Special Topics: Climate Change Science and Solutions

This course consists of four parts. The first part will provide a primer for those who are curious about the physical mechanisms by which climate is determined, and by which climate change occurs. The treatment of these mechanisms will not be overly quantitative,…
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12-768 Decision Analytics for Business and Policy

This course introduces modeling frameworks and computational tools to address complex, ill-defined, large-scale decision-making problems that arise in policy and business. Using a combination of lecturing, case studies and class discussions, it covers advanced methods of…
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12-769 Continuum Mechanics of Materials

The topics that shall be covered: An overview of Cartesian Tensors Kinematics and Deformation Conservation Principles Constitutive Relations for Fluids and Solids and Boundary Value Problems Dynamics of Continuum Systems An undergraduate background in mechanics,…
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12-775 Introduction to Solid Mechanics I

This is the first course in a two-part professionally oriented course sequence covering a variety of important problems in solid mechanics. Topics covered typically include torsion of non-circular cross sections, the field equations of elasticity and boundary conditions,…
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12-780 Special Topics: Advanced Python and Web Prototyping for Infrastructure Systems

This course uses the Python and Javascript programming language to introduce advanced programming approaches to students from civil and environmental engineering. Students are required to already know a modern programming language (e.g., Python, Java, C++, etc.), or have…
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12-783 Geographic Information Systems

A geographic information system (GIS) provides storage, retrieval, and visualization of geographically referenced data as well as design and analysis of spatial information. GIS provides unique analytical tools to investigate spatial relationships, patterns, and processes…
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12-798 Professional Communication for CEE Grad Students

The course reviews skills and techniques for preparing technical documents, professional letters, resumes, and presentations typically encountered in advanced degree programs and in research and development positions in the public and private sector. Class topics focus on…
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Courses last updated July 2019