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The Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics focuses on two broad areas of instruction and research. The first, the classical field of civil engineering, deals with the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the built environment. This includes buildings, foundations, bridges, transportation facilities, nuclear and conventional power plants, hydraulic structures, and other facilities essential to society. The second is the science of mechanics and its applications to various engineering disciplines. Frequently referred to as applied mechanics, it includes the study of the mechanical and other properties of materials, stress analysis of stationary and movable structures, the dynamics and vibrations of complex structures, aero- and hydrodynamics, and the mechanics of biological systems.

Fluid Mechanics for Civil Engineers - Departmen...


Fluid mechanics: numerical and theoretical study of fluid flow and transport processes, non-equilibrium fluid dynamics and thermodynamics, turbulence and turbulent mixing, boundary-layer flow, urban and vegetation canopy flow, particle-laden flow, wind loading, flow through porous media, and flow and transport in fractured rock.

Flight structures: composite materials, smart and multifunctional structures, multiscale and failure analysis, vibration control, computational mechanics and finite element analysis, fluid-structure interaction, aeroelasticity, optimal design, and environmental degradation of structures.

The Heffner Hydrologic Research LaboratoryThe Heffner Laboratory is a facility for both undergraduate instruction and research in aspects of fluid mechanics, environmental applications, and water resources. The Heffner Laboratory houses the facilities for teaching the laboratory component of the ENME E3161 Fluid Mechanics course and includes multiple hydraulic benches with a full array of experimental modules.

Ruby Fu studies subsurface fluid mechanics and how they shape our natural and engineered environments. Her work is applied to a wide range of geoscience problems in energy, resources and geohazards. Her current interests include clathrate and ice formation in porous media, hydrology, geologic carbon sequestration, and volcanic/geothermal systems.

Joe Shepherd teaches and conducts research on fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, chemistry, thermodynamics, and structural mechanics with applications to explosion dynamics, industrial safety including aviation and nuclear power, high-speed flight and propulsion, fluid-structure interaction, energy conversion technologies, and medical devices.

Students in Civil Engineering at Valpo work directly with faculty who bring years of professional engineering experience to the classroom. The curriculum balances theory with practical, hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratories in structural engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, traffic engineering, and fluid mechanics.

Thus, the challenges and opportunities for a civil engineer lie in combining technical competence with a human concern for the applications of technology. To help students to understand their role in the community, to be effective in working with design teams involving other engineers and other professionals, and to be effective in written and spoken communications, the curriculum attempts to give a meaningful educational experience in the humanities, social studies, English, and economics.

The goal of the undergraduate curriculum in civil engineering is to prepare graduate civil engineers to meet the present and the future infrastructural and environmental needs of society. This requires an education based on scientific and engineering fundamentals as well as one that incorporates experience in engineering design using modern technology. Because the systems they design impact the public directly, civil engineers must be aware of the social and environmental consequences of their designs. Graduates must be prepared to work and communicate with other professionals in a variety of associations and organizations. Ethics and life-long learning are essential components in the education of civil engineers.

During the course of study, civil engineering students are given a solid grounding in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Added to this is extensive development of the fundamentals of materials science, construction, water and environmental, soils, structural, and transportation systems engineering. This broad base of knowledge is provided to assure that civil engineers are educated in all branches of the profession and to permit continuous learning throughout a professional lifetime. Throughout the program, each student works with an academic advisor in the selection of electives. Specialization in one or more of the branches of civil engineering is possible by selection of a sequence of technical electives during the junior and senior years.

This course blends the fundamentals of solid mechanics and mathematics to enable students to glean into the behavior of civil engineering systems. The topics to be covered include the geometry of deformation; elastic constitutive theory; boundary value problems in elasticity; Ritz methods; energy principles, linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, Fourier analysis.

The course reviews the undergraduate engineering mathematics, and covers a range of topics that are relevant to contemporary civil engineers in research. Topics include linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, Fourier analysis and partial differential equations. It will emphasize fundamental concepts and analytical solution techniques.

Civil and environmental engineering deals with the planning, design, construction, and management of facilities serving the needs of people. These activities focus on: transportation infrastructure and construction; heavy construction; hydrology and hydrodynamics; structures, mechanics, and geotechnical engineering; wastewater treatment, and water-quality management; solid- and hazardous-waste disposal; and air quality management. A civil engineer may specialize in one or several of these activities and may further specialize in a particular function, such as design or management. The department is organized into six academic areas: construction engineering; transportation engineering; geotechnical engineering; structural engineering and mechanics; environmental engineering; and hydrology and hydrodynamics.

The BSENVE degree offers a specialized focus in environmental engineering. Students gain expertise in the fundamentals of environmental engineering, with specialization in areas including water and wastewater engineering, water resources management, hydrology, environmental fluid mechanics, climate science, sustainable design, resource recovery, environmental chemistry, and environmental microbiology. The BSENVE program successfully completed the ABET accreditation review process during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Civil engineers conceive, design, supervise, and maintain infrastructure projects and systems in the public and private sector. Our graduates ensure the performance of the roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, water supply, and sewage treatment systems you rely on every day. Civil engineers commonly find employment with federal agencies, state agencies, and cities or towns. While government agencies are major employers, the many civil engineering consulting firms that serve federal, state and local government, and private enterprise employ the majority of our graduates.

On graduation, students have knowledge of the fundamental engineering sciences such as statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, and mechanics of materials and a solid foundation in general civil engineering principles, enabling continued education at advanced levels. The program includes courses in environmental, geotechnical, surveying, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering.

There is an interdisciplinary focus through the common engineering core that includes seminars, modeling and simulation and computer graphics. Statics, dynamics and fluid mechanics are also important point of emphasis.

Demand for civil engineers continues to grow. Graduates have the skills necessary to work as civil engineers or go on to earn the Professional Engineer license. Graduates will be prepared and encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination, the first step to earning a Professional Engineering certificate. Some of our graduates go on to earn master's and doctoral degrees in engineering, while others may choose a career track towards project management and work towards a Master of Business Administration.

The following represents a typical four-year civil engineering program. Students who are convinced that they want to become civil engineers are urged to follow this plan of study in lieu of the general core engineering program presented earlier. Required or strongly recommended core engineering electives are shown for optimum scheduling.

Civil engineers work on the design, construction, and maintenance of the infrastructure systems we use every day and/or in surveying and coastal subsidence projects. Sub-disciplines include: mechanics of materials (steel, concrete, timber, pavement etc.), structures (bridges, buildings, etc.), water resources (rivers, levees, etc.), transportation (traffic systems, highways, and roadways), geotechnical (soils, foundations, and coastal subsidence), and geodesy (surveying). Graduates may work for structural design firms or the petrochemical industry, but often work for government entities such as the Department of Transportation or U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

The department offers programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Work is directed toward research and professional development in such areas as engineering mechanics, engineering materials, highway engineering, hydraulics and fluid mechanics, geomechanics, geo-technical engineering, water resources, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. Certain interdisciplinary options such as regional development and urban planning, and environmental engineering are available by combining various areas of the program with programs in other departments. For further information concerning these options, see the College of Engineering web site. 041b061a72

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