The Clarkson University Civil & Environmental Engineering Department is ranked among the top in the nation at the graduate level by U.S. News & World Report 2011. Graduate courses and research can lead to a degree of Master of Science, Master of Engineering or Doctor of Philosophy. There are currently 50 full-time graduate students in these programs.
We offer a Master of Science (MS) in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a project-based Master of Engineering (ME) as well as a Master's International program. Thirty credits of coursework, seminar and project or research work are required for the ME and MS degrees. The ME degree can be completed in one academic year and is often coupled with a second year in the MBA program. The MS degree typically takes 18-24 months and requires students to write and defend a thesis on their independent research.
Our Ph.D. program in Civil & Environmental Engineering requires 90 credit hours and is typically completed in four years.
Graduate education in civil and environmental engineering concentrates on four areas of specialization:
- Environmental engineering
- Geotechnical engineering
- Structural and materials engineering
- Water resources engineering
All graduate students use state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities as they focus their research on engineering problems and applied science topics that include:
- Bridge monitoring and infrastructure health
- Novel concrete for drainage and corrosion resistance
- Strength of materials ranging from Antarctic ice to novel composite building materials
- Indoor air quality
- Bioenergy production and the associated lifecycle environmental impacts
- Fate of contaminants in air, water and soil systems
- Air quality monitoring and modeling
- Oil spill modeling and environmental impacts
- River and ocean ice dynamics
Interdisciplinary research is facilitated through the Institute for a Sustainable Environment, the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science, the Center for Advanced Materials Processing and the Cold Regions Engineering Research Group.
Graduate Student Success
Awards, publications, successful student-authored research proposals, and high job placement rates attest to the success of our graduate students. Some examples of recent successful graduate students include:
- Margaret A. Knuth ’06 was one of 45 students in the country to receive the NOAA John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Margaret is now a permanent employee of the National Science Foundation, Antactic Program, Operations Manager. She has been on all the US icebreakers.
- Cory J. McDowell ’00, MS ’02 performed research on the fate of ethanol-blended gasoline in groundwater systems that was published in the journals Environmental Science and Technology and Ground Water. He also received second place in the AEESP Master’s Thesis Award Competition. He is currently employed as a project manager at Barton and Loguidice.
- Dr. Jianzhong (Steve) Zheng Ph.D. ’01 is currently an associate professor in the Environmental Science Department at Nanjing University, China. He published his research work in journals ranging from Environmental Science and Technology to the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science and received the ACS Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry (1998).
- Kevin H. Gardner MS ’91, Ph.D. ’96 is an associate research professor at the University of New Hampshire. He is also the director of the UNH Environmental Research Group and the Contaminated Sediments Center. He received the Glennan Fellowship for innovations in teaching methods and cross-curricular studies for 1999-2000.
- Andrew May, MS ’09 went on to receive a PhD at Carnegie Mellon University and was a post-doctoral scholar at Colorado State University. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at the Ohio State University. His research interests include atmospheric impacts of new and emerging vehicle technologies and fuels, considering both emissions and atmospheric transformations.
- Andres Orlando, Ph.D. ’11 is now working at Jenike and Johanson as a Project Engineer and travels around the world for his work.
- Ruixie Wang, ’10 is an Arctic Engineering Specialist now working at Ausenco Sandwell in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Details and Application Process
Admission to graduate study will be granted to qualified applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree in civil engineering or who have equivalent qualifications. Outstanding students who have a baccalaureate degree in other fields of engineering or science will also be considered for admission.
Competitive research or teaching assistantships that include a full stipend and tuition waiver are available for MS and Ph.D. students. Partial funding is also available through partial tuition waivers and graduate assistantships.
The Graduate School and the CEE Department Graduate Handbook provide additional details related to the application process and degree requirement.
For more information contact the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
PO Box 5710
Potsdam, NY 13699-5710
Maggie Knuth MS'06
While an environmental engineering graduate student at Clarkson, Maggie Knuth '05 was able to travel to Antarctica, where she now travels to frequently for her job with the National Science Foundation.
Read more about Maggie's experience.
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