Structural engineering is the branch of Civil Engineering concerned with the engineering design and behavior of buildings, bridges, machines, and constructed facilities. Structural Engineering uses the principles of structural analysis, continuum mechanics, structural dynamics, and fracture mechanics to predict the response of structural elements supporting loads. Structural engineering broadly encompasses the entire life-cycle of an engineering structure, from conceptualization and design, through construction and management, to rehabilitation, demolition, and forensic investigation.
Our mission is to educate undergraduate and graduate students in the discipline of Structural Engineering and to prepare our students for professional and/or academic careers in the broad field of Structural Engineering. Our Masters level graduate coursework and research opportunities will prepare our students for careers as practicing structural engineers or for continued success in academia. Our graduate program accepts students at the Ph.D. level through the interdisciplinary program in Infrastructure and the Environment (INES Ph.D. Program). The Ph.D. program strives to provide students with a broad and diverse graduate education experience, producing graduates who are well rounded in the fundamentals of structural engineering while gaining knowledge in supporting disciplines as well. To achieve all of these goals, our graduate program integrates research and teaching activities, combines theory with practice, introduces experimental and analytical techniques, and exposes our students to traditional as well as cutting edge ideas.