Jun 25, 2024  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Neumann, Edward S.
  (1991), Professor; B.S.C.E., Michigan Technological University; M.S., Ph.D., Northwestern University.

Graduate Coordinator

Karakouzian, Moses
  (1988), Professor; B.C.E., American University of Beirut; M.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University; P.E., Ohio.

Graduate Faculty

Ahmad, Sajjad
  (2006), Assistant Professor; B.S., University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan; M.E., Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand; Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
Batista, Jacimaria Ramos
  (1997), Associate Professor; B.S., Federal University of Ouro Preto; M.S., Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University.
Ghafoori, Nader
  (2003), Professor; B.S.C.E., Texas Tech University; M.S.C.E., Ph.D., University of Miami.
James, David E.
  (1990), Associate Professor; A.B., University of California, Davis; M.S., Ph.D., California Institute of Technology.
Kaseko, Mohamed S.
  (1993), Associate Professor; B.S., University of Dares-Salaam; M.S., Cornell University; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine.
Ladkany, Samaan
  (1984), Professor; B.S., American University of Beirut; B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Luke, Barbara
  (1995), Professor; A.A., University of Florida; B.S., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; M.S., University of California, Berkeley.
Paz, Alexander
  (2008), Assistant Professor; B.S., University of Cauca, Colombia; M.S., University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, PR; Ph.D., Purdue University.
Piechota, Thomas
  (1999), Associate Professor; B.S., Northern Arizona University; M.S., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
Said, Aly
  (2006), Assistant Professor; B.S., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt; MScA, Universite de Moncton, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada; MEng, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
Teng, Hualiang
  (2004), Assistant Professor; B.S., M.S., Northern Jiaotong University; M.S.C.E., West Virginia University; Ph.D., Purdue University.
Tian, Ying
  (2007), Assistant Professor; B.S., Hebei Polytechnic University;M.S., Tsinghua University; M.S., Ohio State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Emeriti

Frederick, Gerald R.
  (1993), Emeritus Professor; B.S., University of Toledo; M.S., Ph.D., Purdue University.
Vodrazka, Walter C.
  (1990), Emeritus Professor; B.C.E., Manhattan College; M.S., Mississippi State University; Ph.D., Purdue University.
Wyman, Richard V.
  (1969-1992), Emeritus Professor; B.S., Case Western Reserve University; M.S., University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of Arizona.

Well-equipped facilities developed by the department faculty include a Computer Assisted Design Laboratory, an Engineering Geophysics Laboratory and Test Site, an Environmental Engineering Laboratory, A Soil and Rock Mechanics Laboratory, the UNLV Transportation Research Center, and a Water Resources Laboratory. These facilities provide state-of-the-art research tools. Among these are a MTS dynamic testing machine, a triaxial testing apparatus, a 50-foot tilting flume, concrete testing facilities, a portable wind tunnel, a broad geophysical test equipment base anchored by a 7,000-lb (3 metric ton) programmable seismic source with 144-channel recording system, PCs, workstations, and current software programs are available within these facilities, with additional facilities being available in the college. Additional assets include access to high speed multiprocessor computers housed in the National Supercomputing Center for Energy and the Environment. All facilities are located in the Thomas Beam Engineering Complex. Additional research facilities nearby include one of twelve national EPA laboratories (located on campus) and the Department of Energy’s Nevada Test Site, which has been designated an Environmental Research Park.

Students with backgrounds in civil engineering as well as related disciplines are invited to apply. Students with science backgrounds desiring admission to the graduate program will be required to complete course work, prerequisite or otherwise, that will assure successful completion of the graduate program. Specific course work requirements will depend on the area of specialization desired by the applicant.

Applicants must identify a specialization from one of the following areas: environmental, fluids/ hydraulics, geotechnical, structural, systems, or transportation. Applications for admission to the program are evaluated by faculty representing each of the respective areas of specialization. Applications from international students must reach the Graduate College by the dates specified in the catalog in order to be considered for financial aid. Offers of financial aid are made in writing by the department, which assumes no responsibility to provide financial support unless an offer is made in writing. Also, when the department has made an offer to provide financial support, it has no obligation to honor the offer unless the student attends UNLV and enrolls in the Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate program during the initial semester for which financial aid was offered.

Applicants should notice that some documents must be mailed to the Graduate College while others must be mailed to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as outlined below. It is imperative that the documentation is sent to the appropriate location to aid fast processing of the application.

Documents Required for Admission Consideration by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:

  1. One official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Only transcripts sent directly from the institution are considered.
  2. Letters of recommendation (two for M.S. and three for Ph.D. applicants).
  3. One-page statement indicating the reasons why you wish to earn a M.S. or Ph.D. degree.
  4. GRE General test scores taken in the last five years.

Documents Required for Admission Consideration by the Graduate College:

  1. A complete application form and a non-refundable fee.
  2. One official transcript of each post-secondary institution attended. International students must submit official translated copies of transcripts. Only transcripts sent directly from the institution to the UNLV Graduate College are considered.
  3. Official TOEFL or Michigan Test Scores (only if English is not native language) taken in the last two years.
  4. High School Leaving Certificate (for international students only)

The deadlines for application to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department as well as the Graduate College:

Spring Semester August 30 for international students and November 15 for domestic students

Fall Semester March 15 for international students and June 15 for domestic students




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