Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Graduate Programs

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Prospective graduate student information

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo (UT) offers the Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in engineering degrees. These programs are designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of traditional civil engineering in environmental, geotechnical, transportation, or structural engineering, as well as application-oriented multidisciplinary education and research. The M.S. in Civil Engineering program is designed to prepare students for research and advanced engineering careers. The program requires the completion of 30 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree for the thesis or project option. The Ph.D. program is designed for those planning research-oriented industrial or academic careers to pursue professional civil engineering practice for the advancement of science, engineering, and technology. The program requires a qualifying examination, a minimum of 90 semester credit hours (60 semester credit hours beyond the master’s degree) of coursework and dissertation, and a successful oral defense of the dissertation work. The Department of Civil Engineering offers a range of opportunities for advanced study in areas related to societal infrastructure and safety. Programs of study and research at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels are ongoing in four main focus areas:

Environmental Engineering

Areas of Interest: Environmental Microbiology and geochemistry, Environmental Sensing, Air Pollution and Risk Analysis

  • Ashok Kumar, P.E., Distinguished University Professor - Ph.D., University of Waterloo (1977)
  • Cyndee L. Gruden, P.E., Professor - Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder (2000)
  • Defne Apul, P.E., Professor - Ph.D., University of New Hampshire (2004)
  • Youngwoo Seo, E.I., Professor - Ph.D., University of Cincinnati (2008)
  • Dae-Wook Kang, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison (2009)

Geotechnical Engineering

Areas of Interest: Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering, Environmental Geotechnics, Geosynthetics

  • Liangbo Hu, Associate Professor, Ph.D, Duke University ( 2008)
  • Andrew G. Heydinger, P.E., Professor Emeritus - Ph.D., University of Houston (1982)
  • Brian W. Randolph, P.E., Professor Emeritus - Ph.D., The Ohio State University (1989)

Structural Engineering

Areas of Interest: Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Structural Mechanics, Composites, Bridge Design, Blast Mitigation

  • Naser Mostaghel, P.E., Professor Emeritus - Ph.D., University of California-Berkley (1968)
  • Douglas K. Nims, P.E., Professor - Ph.D., University of California-Berkley (1991)
  • Azadeh Parvin, Professor - DSc, George Washington University (1994)
  • Mark A. Pickett, P.E., Professor Emeritus - Ph.D., University of Connecticut (1982)
  • Serhan Guner, P.Eng., Assistant Professor - PhD, University of Toronto (2008)

Transportation Engineering

Areas of Interest: Transportation Infrastructure, Systems and Materials, Infrastructure Management

  • Eddie Chou, P.E., Professor - Ph.D., Texas A&M University (1989)
  • Jiwan D. Gupta, P.E., Professor Emeritus - Ph.D., University of Waterloo (1978)


 The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at The University of Toledo, is looking for motivated students to pursue masters or doctoral degrees in civil engineering areas for Fall 2019. 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has overall research expenditures of nearly $1 million per year from grants, contracts, and internal allocations. Qualified students will receive full tuition waivers and a stipend from the department, for at least one academic year.  While we are looking for qualified students all the time, we currently have immediate openings for the coming semesters.

Last Updated: 1/23/20