Structural Engineering

The structural engineering program offers opportunities for graduate study and research in many subject areas related to the analysis and design of civil structures. Emphasis areas of the program include bridge engineering, building engineering, structural mechanics, modern structural analysis, structural dynamics, and structural engineering materials.


Michael Chajes
Bridge testing, evaluation, and rehabilitation; applications of advanced composite materials; structural analysis and design

Rachel Davidson
Natural disaster risk analysis; civil infrastructure systems; engineers for a sustainable world

Jack Gillespie
Composite materials, mechanics and design, experimental mechanics, fracture mechanics, fabrication, infrastructure applications of composites

Dennis Mertz
Concrete and steel structures; bridges

Jennifer McConnell
Plasticity and stability of steel structures; design for extreme events; bridge engineering

Harry “Tripp” Shenton
Structural health monitoring and condition assessment of the civil infrastructure; innovative systems and materials for low-rise construction

Thomas Schumacher 
Non-destructrive testing/evaluation; reinforced concrete structures; bridge engineering


See the MS in Civil Engineering for the general academic requirements. In addition, the Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or Applied Science in the field of Structural Engineering requires four core courses and a minimum four electives taken from a variety of fields. Electives should be selected based on discussions with your advisor.

Core Courses:

  • CIEG 601 – Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • CIEG 611 – Structural Dynamics Design
  • CIEG 612 – Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • OR CIEG 817 – Stability of Structures

Students are also expected to register for CIEG 865 Section 010 – Civil Engineering Structures Seminar each semester. Students register for credit one semester and as a “Listener” in the other semesters.

Suggested electives include:

  • CIEG 604 – Prestressed Concrete Design
  • CIEG 605 – Intermediate Topics in Finite Element Analysis
  • CIEG 608 – Introduction to Bridge Design
  • CIEG 610 – Experimental Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • CIEG 612 – Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • CIEG 619 – Mechanical Behavior of Materials and Structures
  • CIEG 621 – Foundation Engineering
  • CIEG 675 – Matlab for Engineering Analysis
  • CIEG 801 – Advanced Topics in Finite Element Analysis
  • CIEG 802 – Advanced Steel Design
  • CIEG 811 – Advanced Structural Dynamics Design
  • CIEG 817 – Stability of Structures
  • MEEG 618 – Fracture of Solids
  • MEEG 690 – Intermediate Engineering Math
  • MEEG 813 – Theory of Elasticity
  • MEEG 814 – Theory of Plasticity
  • MEEG 816 – Advanced Continuum Mechanics
  • MEEG 817 – Composite Materials


PhD degrees are also offered in the Structural Engineering field. The courses listed above serve as a foundation for the PhD degree. PhD students work with their advisor to develop a program of study that provides appropriate breadth and depth. See the PhD in Civil Engineering for the general academic requirements.

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