Polytechnic University Graduate School

Civil Engineering

Overview:

Experience and professional practice are essential elements in the formation of an engineer, but an in-depth knowledge of the foundations of the different Civil Engineering (CE) areas, and the development of strong analytical skills based on state of the art knowledge, methodologies, and techniques are also necessary. The professional experience would complement and strengthen the study through applications, but they cannot substitute the experience acquired through an academic graduate level degree.

The CE graduate program seeks to promote advanced studies and research at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. Moreover, it seeks to involve graduate students in this process and to instill in them an intense desire for knowledge.

Civil engineers are responsible for providing the world‟s infrastructure, which are basic to the existence of modern society. These facilities can be large and complex, thus requiring the civil engineers to be broadly trained and able to deal with the latest technologies. The goals of the Graduate Program in Civil Engineering at PUPR are to provide comprehensive training in the Civil Engineering fields and related areas, to offer instruction in the methods of independent investigation, and to foster the spirit of research. A graduate program is much more than a continuation of undergraduate work; its true spirit is one of inquiry and of promotion of the desire to contribute to human knowledge. Graduate studies should therefore be contemplated only by students who have already demonstrated in their undergraduate programs high intellectual achievement and the power of independent thought and research.

Philosophy:

Experience and professional practice are essential elements in the formation of an engineer, but an in-depth knowledge of the foundations of the different Civil Engineering (CE) areas, and the development of strong analytical skills based on state of the art knowledge, methodologies, and techniques are also necessary. The professional experience would complement and strengthen the study through applications, but they cannot substitute the experience acquired through an academic graduate level degree.

The CE graduate program seeks to promote advanced studies and research at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. Moreover, it seeks to involve graduate students in this process and to instill in them an intense desire for knowledge.

Civil engineers are responsible for providing the world‟s infrastructure, which are basic to the existence of modern society. These facilities can be large and complex, thus requiring the civil engineers to be broadly trained and able to deal with the latest technologies. The goals of the Graduate Program in Civil Engineering at PUPR are to provide comprehensive training in the Civil Engineering fields and related areas, to offer instruction in the methods of independent investigation, and to foster the spirit of research. A graduate program is much more than a continuation of undergraduate work; its true spirit is one of inquiry and of promotion of the desire to contribute to human knowledge. Graduate studies should therefore be contemplated only by students who have already demonstrated in their undergraduate programs high intellectual achievement and the power of independent thought and research.

Graduate Profile:

CE graduates should be able to keep abreast of the latest developments in their areas, read and analyze journal papers from their field, conduct independent research in their area (Thesis Option), develop engineering solutions of the common problems in their area of study (Master Project Option), write papers or technical reports, conduct technical and scientific presentations within a conference environment, and use mainstream engineering software applications.

- Admission Requirements

Students with undergraduate preparation in Civil or Environmental Engineering programs are encouraged to apply for admission. Applicants must have completed a bachelors degree at an accredited university with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75/4.00.

- Degree Offered

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers graduate instruction leading to the degrees of Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.) and Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (M.E.C.E.).

Students may pursue their master degree according to three program alternatives. The first one conducts to the Master of Science degree and the last two to the Master of Engineering degree. To obtain any of the three degrees the student must complete the following requirements:

Alternative 1: Master of Science Degree - Thesis Requirement

  • Approve a minimum of 24 credit-hours in graduate courses (Level 6000) in the major area. Two of the courses must be CE 6310 - Introduction to Research in Civil Engineering and a mathematical oriented course as recommended by the Civil Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator.
  • Approve a minimum of 6 credit-hours in graduate courses (Level 6000) out of the major area.
  • A maximum of 6 credit-hours advanced under-graduate courses (Level 5000) can be used to replace graduate courses (Level 6000) as recommended by the Civil Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator.
  • Carry out a research program as specified in his/her program of study and prepare a thesis. The thesis consists of 6 credit-hours. Pass an oral exam (defense) on the thesis subject.

Alternative 2: Master of Engineering Degree – Master Project Requirement

  • Approve a minimum of 27 credit-hours, in graduate courses (Level 6000) in the major area. One of the courses must be a mathematical oriented course as recommended by the Civil Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator.
  • Approve a minimum of 6 credit-hours in graduate courses (Level 6000) out of the major area.
  • A maximum of 6 credit-hours advanced under-graduate courses (Level 5000) can be used to replace graduate courses (Level 6000) as recommended by the Civil Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator.
  • Carry out a special project as specified in his/her program of study and prepare the project report. The project consists of 3 credit-hours. Give an oral presentation on the master project.

Alternative 3: Master of Engineering Degree - Comprehensive Exam Requirement

  • Approve a minimum of 30 credit-hours, in graduate courses (Level 6000) in the major area. One of the courses must be a mathematical oriented course as recommended by the Civil Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator.
  • Approve a minimum of 9 credit-hours in graduate courses (Level 6000) out of the major area.
  • A maximum of 6 credit-hours advanced under-graduate courses (Level 5000) can be used to replace graduate courses (Level 6000) as recommended by the Civil Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator.
  • Pass an oral and written comprehensive exams on the topics covered in the major area.

Curricular Sequence

Students must selected one of the four available Major Areas: (1) Geotechnical Engineering, (2) Water Resources and Water Treatment, (3) Structural Engineering, and (4) Construction Engineering. The total number of credits in Major Area courses varies depending on the degree and option selected. For the Master of Science degree, student must take a minimum of 18 credit-hours in their Major Area. For the Master of Engineering degree, student must take a minimum of 24 credit-hours in their Major Area. For the Master of Science degree, students must take a minium of 27 credit-hours.

Civil Engineering - Flowchart - PDF Format

Faculty

  • Alsaadi, Balhan Altayeb – Professor, Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, 1988; M.S.C.E., B.S.C.E., Trian Vuia Polytechnic Institute, Timisoara, Romania, 1984.
  • Coll Borgo, Manuel – Lecturer II, Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 2001; B.S.C.E., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus; 1994; P.E.
  • Collazos Ordóñez, Omaira – Professor, Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Missouri – Columbia, 2003; M.S.C.E., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1993; B.S.C.E., University of Cauca, Colombia , 1989.
  • Cruzado Vélez, Héctor J. – Professor, Ph.D. in Wind Science and Engineering, Texas Tech University, 2007; M.S.C.E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998; B.S.C.E., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1996; P.E.
  • Cuevas Miranda, David – Lecturer II, Ph.D. in Geological Oceanography, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 2010; M.S. in Geology, Saint Louis University, 2003; B.S. in Geology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1998.
  • Delgado Loperena, Dharma- Professor, Ph.D. in Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri–Columbia, 2004; M. Arch., University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, 1983; B. in Environmental Design, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, 1981.
  • Deschapelles Duque, Bernardo – Professor, Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, California Western University, 1983; M.S.C.E., California Western University, 1981; B.S.C.E., University of Havana, Cuba, 1954; P.E.
  • Elias Rivera, Johnny- Professor – J.D., University of Puerto Rico, 1974; Accepted to practice Law at the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United State District of Puerto Rico, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuits, Registered Attorney at Law, 1974; Licensed in Real Estate, 1990; LLM, Economy, Catholic University of Puerto Rico, 1983; Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California, 1964; BSCE, Civil Engineering, 1959.
  • García Cordero, Sebastián - Lecturer II, Ph.D. Candidate in Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 2013; M.E.M., Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, 2001; M.S.C.E., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1998; B.S.C.E., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1991.
  • González Miranda, Carlos J. – Professor, Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1995; M.M.S.E., North Carolina State University, 1990; B.S.I.E., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1987; E.I.T.
  • Guzmán De La Cruz, Alberto – Associate Professor, Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1998; M.S.C.E., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1994; B.S.C.E., Institute of Technology of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic , 1990; P.E.
  • Malaver Muñoz, Roger – Associate Professor, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, Canada, 1999; M.S.Ch.E., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1993; B.S.Ch.E., National University of San Marcos, Perú, 1990; B.S. in Food Technology Engineering, Villareal University, Perú, 1987.
  • Mueses Pérez, Auristela – Professor, Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Florida; M.S.C.E., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1992; B.S.C.E., Technological Institute of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1987; P.E.
  • Pabón González, Miriam – Professor, Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2001; M.E.M., Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, 1995; B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, 1990.
  • Pacheco-Crosetti, Gustavo – Professor, Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 2007; M.S. in Finite Element Method, UNED, Spain, 1996; M.S.C.E., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1993; B.S.C.E. and M.S.C.E., National University of Córdoba, Argentina, 1988; P.E.
  • Pimenta De Oliveira, Aluisio – Associate Professor, Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, 2001; M.S.Ch.E., University of Maryland, 1983; B.S.Ch.E., University of Maryland, 1976.
  • Silva Cofresí, René – Lecturer II, J.D., University of Puerto Rico, 1989; MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, 1978; B.S.C.E., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 1977; P.E., Esq.
  • Villalta Calderón, Christian A. – Assistant Professor, Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 2009; M.S.C.E., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, 2004; B.S.C.E. University of Costa Rica, 2001.

Laboratories

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has the following laboratory facilities on campus: Structural Engineering Laboratory, Construction Materials Laboratory, Mechanics of Materials Laboratory, Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory, Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Transportation Laboratory, and Civil Engineering Simulations Laboratory. These laboratories have been designed to perform a wide range of experiments in each of the areas.