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RESEARCH AREAS

Research in Computational Mechanics covers a broad spectrum of topics including: Coupled-physics problems, i.e. thermal-fluid-mechanical systems such as earthquake faults; Evolving discontinuity methods for capturing fracture, shear banding, and other forms of localized deformation; Faulting and earthquake engineering, including soil-structure interaction; Geo-mechanical issues in energy production, including hydrocarbon reservoirs, carbon sequestration, and heat pumps; Computational plasticity, damage and constitutive modeling; Finite elements and other computational techniques.

Environmental research activities include: Sustainable environmental restoration and applied environmental biotechnology; Environmental chemistry; Pollution source apportionment; Sediment active capping technologies; Development of separations technologies; Solid phase extraction, solvent extraction, soil washing and flushing; Biodegradation of PCBs in sediments.

Faculty members study the mechanics of earthen structures, earthquake faults, soil-structure interactions and waste containment systems. Research in Geo-environmental engineering has a specific emphasis in polluted site assessment and remediation, sediments, groundwater, brown fields, electro-kinetic remediation, chemical oxidation/reduction, and related issues.

Materials engineering research in CME encompasses multidisciplinary subjects in nano sensors, corrosion detection, advanced ceramics and development of sustainable energy efficient systems. Examples of funded projects include: Early detection of corrosion in steel cables; Lead induced stress corrosion cracking of pressure water nuclear power plants; Nano materials, surfaces and interfaces; Energy harvesting and conversion at the nanometer scale.

In the area of Structural Engineering, the department is involved in cutting edge research in all areas of analysis and design, including reinforced and pre-stressed concrete, and concrete materials research. With major contracts from Shell Oil, the fracture mechanics and durability laboratory conducts research in developing efficient approaches for fracturing and drilling of rocks. In addition, CME researchers conduct pioneering research in fiber optic sensors, acoustic emission sensors, structural health monitoring, and nondestructive testing. Under a grant from NIST, CME faculty members are involved in developing the next generation of wireless acoustic emission sensors for monitoring of bridges. In addition they are using these technologies to develop algorithms for real time damage detection of the eye bars in Bay Bridge. CME faculty members have also received a multi-million dollar NIST contract to develop the next generation of “Fiber Sensing System for Civil Infrastructure Health Monitoring.” Results from this research will replace the existing point sensor measurements with single sensor distributed measurements of large structural systems.

CME faculty conduct research on the sustainability of transportation, water and other infrastructure networks. CME faculty also perform research in sustainable application of remedial engineering design solutions.

CME faculty members conduct innovative research in Transportation planning and modeling, including: Travel behavior analysis; Activity-based travel demand modeling; Micro-simulation modeling methods of urban activities; Integrated land-use and transportation models; Intelligent transportation systems; Sustainable transportation systems; Public transit planning and operations and Goods movement analysis. In addition researchers also collaborate with the Urban Transportation Research Center (UTC) to provide solutions for urban transportation problems.

Research in Water Resources engineering is funded by various agencies including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Geological Survey and various state and industrial sources. Some of the representative research activities include: Impacts of global warming on water resources; Hydromechanics; Hydraulic engineering and structures; Fate and transport of emerging contaminants in the environment; Nutrient removal to prevent eutrophication and combat Gulf hypoxia.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

I. Program Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from UIC prepares you for a variety of occupations, graduate studies and professional licensing programs. Students complete a challenging selection of courses chosen to provide a broad understanding of civil engineering infrastructure. Opportunities for independent study and research involvement are common, and each senior participates in a one year senior design project.   A. Concentration Areas

Environmental Engineering and Water Resources covers the science and design of water treatment systems that support the society, as well as design of hydraulic structures and systems to handle hydrologic flow. Core Elective Courses:

CME 403

CME 421

CME 422

CME 427

Geotechnical Engineering includes the fundamentals of foundation analysis and design, site characterization, analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations and earth retaining structures, environmental laws and regulations, sources of environmental contamination and waste treatment options. Core Elective Courses:

CME 405

CME 415

CME 425

Structural Engineering includes design of metal, masonry, wood and reinforced concrete buildings and structures, bridge design, pre-stressed concrete design, advanced methods of structural analysis and preparation for passing the PE and SE exams. Core Elective Courses:

CME 400

CME 401

CME 406

CME 409

CME 410

Transportation Engineering covers geometric design of highways, traffic engineering and control, study of driver, vehicle and roadway system characteristics, intersection design and operation, highway capacity analysis and traffic signal design. Core Elective Courses:

CME 402

CME 408

GRADUATE STUDIES

I. Program Requirements

The Department of Civil and Materials Engineering (CME) offers programs in the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering and Materials Engineering. Civil engineering is a broadly based discipline that encompasses many specialties: Structural engineering, Mechanics, Construction Materials, Environmental engineering, Water Resources engineering, Geotechnical & Geo-environmental engineering and Transportation engineering. The Materials Engineering Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary program designed for students who will be comfortable moving among disciplines and facilitating interactions among scientists and engineers with different backgrounds. The program is research based, emphasizing hands-on involvement of students. A small core of fundamental courses on the chemical, physical, and mechanical properties of materials is offered but the strength of the program is the variety of specialized materials related courses offered throughout the University. A. Civil Engineering

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Non Thesis Track

36 credit hours are required to graduate.

Minimum of 12 credits of 5XX level courses:

*8 credits must be from CME 5XX courses (excludes CME 596).

*4 must be CME 5XX or COE 5XX course (excludes CME 596 or equivalent).

Remaining 24 credits hours:

*Must be CME 4XX/5XX or COE 4XX/5XX (Only one CME 596 or its equivalent is accepted for graduation credit. CME 496 or its equivalent will not count for graduation credit).

*ENGR 4XX are not accepted.

*Any course outside the COE must be approved by academic adviser first.

Thesis Track

36 credit hours are required to graduate.

Minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework needed besides thesis: Minimum of 12 credits of 5XX level courses:

*8 credits must be from CME 5XX courses (excludes CME 596).

*4 credits must be CME 5XX or COE 5XX course (excludes CME 596 or equivalent).

Remaining 12 credit hours:

*Must be CME 4XX/5XX or COE 4XX/5XX (Only one CME 596 or its equivalent is accepted for graduation credit. CME 496 or its equivalent will not count for graduation credit).

*ENGR 4XX are not accepted.

*Any course outside the COE must be approved by academic adviser first.

Minimum of 12 credits of CME 598 (MS Thesis).

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Student with M.S. Degree

108 credit hours are required to graduate.

Minimum of 56 credit hours of coursework needed besides dissertation:

*32 credit hours will be granted towards coursework credits from MS degree.

*Remaining 24 credit hours:

*16 credit hours of CME 5XX (excludes CME 596).

*8 credit hours of CME 4XX/5XX or COE 4XX/5XX (Only one CME 596 or its equivalent is accepted for graduation credit. CME 496 or its equivalent will not count for graduation credit).

*ENGR 4XX are not accepted.

*Any course outside the COE must be approved by academic adviser first.

Qualifying Review:

Preliminary Exam: must be scheduled at least 1 year before thesis defense.

Thesis Dissertation defense (52 credits of CME 599).

Student without M.S. Degree

108 credit hours are required to graduate.

Minimum of 56 credit hours of coursework needed for graduation besides dissertation: *Minimum of 28 credit hours of 5XX courses:

*16 credit hours of CME 5XX courses (excludes CME 596).

*12 credit hours of CME 5XX or COE 5XX courses (excludes CME 596 or equivalent).

*Remaining 28 credit hours:

*Must be CME 4XX/5XX or COE 4XX/5XX (Only one CME 596 or its equivalent is accepted for graduation credit. CME 496 or its equivalent will not count for graduation credit).

*ENGR 4XX are not accepted.

*Any course outside the COE must be approved by academic adviser first.

Qualifying Review:

Preliminary Exam: must be scheduled at least 1 year before thesis defense.

Thesis Dissertation defense (52 credits of CME 599).

B. Materials Engineering

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Thesis Track

36 credit hours are required to graduate.

Minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework needed besides thesis: Minimum of 12 credits of 5XX level courses:

*8 credits must be from CME 5XX courses (excludes CME 596).

*4 credits must be CME 5XX or COE 5XX course (excludes CME 596 or equivalent).

Remaining 12 credit hours:

*Must be CME 4XX/5XX or COE 4XX/5XX (Only one CME 596 or its equivalent is accepted for graduation credit. CME 496 or its equivalent will not count for graduation credit).

*ENGR 4XX are not accepted.

*Any course outside the COE must be approved by academic adviser first.

Minimum of 12 credits of CME 598 (MS Thesis).

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Student with M.S. Degree

108 credit hours are required to graduate.

Minimum of 56 credit hours of coursework needed besides dissertation:

*32 credit hours will be granted towards coursework credits from MS degree.

*Remaining 24 credit hours:

*16 credit hours of CME 5XX (excludes CME 596).

*8 credit hours of CME 4XX/5XX or COE 4XX/5XX (Only one CME 596 or its equivalent is accepted for graduation credit. CME 496 or its equivalent will not count for graduation credit).

*ENGR 4XX are not accepted.

*Any course outside the COE must be approved by academic adviser first.

Qualifying Review:

Preliminary Exam: must be scheduled at least 1 year before thesis defense.

Thesis Dissertation defense (52 credits of CME 599).

Student without M.S. Degree

108 credit hours are required to graduate.

Minimum of 56 credit hours of coursework needed for graduation besides dissertation: *Minimum of 28 credit hours of 5XX courses:

*16 credit hours of CME 5XX courses (excludes CME 596).

*12 credit hours of CME 5XX or COE 5XX courses (excludes CME 596 or equivalent).

*Remaining 28 credit hours:

*Must be CME 4XX/5XX or COE 4XX/5XX (Only one CME 596 or its equivalent is accepted for graduation credit. CME 496 or its equivalent will not count for graduation credit).

*ENGR 4XX are not accepted.

*Any course outside the COE must be approved by academic adviser first.

Qualifying Review:

Preliminary Exam: must be scheduled at least 1 year before thesis defense.

Thesis Dissertation defense (52 credits of CME 599).

II. How to Apply

A. Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Complete transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

An undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering or Materials Engineering, or a degree in a related area with substantial coursework in Civil or Materials Engineering.

Cumulative Grade Point Average:

At least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale based on the last 60 hours of coursework.

Letters of Recommendation and Personal Statement & CV:

NOT required for MS applicants. Please DO NOT mail any physical documents to the university. If you wish to submit any of these documents, please email sareva2@uic.edu to request upload links after you submit an application. Please provide your University Identification Number (UIN) along with the number of letter links you wish to receive.

GRE:

NOT Required

TOEFL:

A minimum score of 80 IBT (213 CBT, 550 PBT) is required for admission. The minimum requirements for the four subsections on the IBT TOEFL, as well as the total score are: Reading 19, Speaking 20, Listening 17, Writing 21, and Total 80

IELTS:

A minimum of 6.0 on every subscore and a minimum total score of 6.5 is required.

ALSO NOTE: ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED! DO NOT SEND ANY PHYSICAL DOCUMENTS, e.g. PACKAGES VIA UPS, FEDEX, or DHL TO THE CME DEPARTMENT. ALL Transcript, Degree and TOEFL/IELTS related questions should be directed to the Admissions office: 312-996- 3450. Please do not contact the CME department directly. Students may request a TOEFL/IELTS waiver provided they have completed a minimum of two years of full-time, transferable study at the secondary or collegiate level in a country where English is the primary language as well as the language of instruction, or worked full time in the United States for one year. Requests for a waiver must be made in writing to the Office of Graduate Admissions and included with your application materials. Employment related waiver requests must be accompanied by a letter from a supervisor (on company letterhead) certifying that the applicant has English proficiency and verifying the length of employment. Please note that the CME department is not responsible for employment letters not approved by the Admissions office. If your letter is not approved for whatever reason, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score to comply with their requirements. NO EXCEPTIONS. ALL Transcript, Degree and TOEFL/IELTS related questions should be directed to the Admissions office: 312-996- 3450. Please do not contact the CME department directly. All international applicants are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam.

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Complete transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

An undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering or Materials Engineering, or a degree in a related area with substantial coursework in Civil or Materials Engineering.

Cumulative Grade Point Average:

At least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale based on the last 60 hours of coursework.

GRE:

A total score of 301 or above on the Revised GRE General Exam (1100 or above on prior). Scores must be submitted via ETS to institution code 1851, Scores are only valid up to 5 years from test date.

TOEFL:

A minimum score of 80 IBT (213 CBT, 550 PBT) is required for admission. The minimum requirements for the four subsections on the IBT TOEFL, as well as the total score are: Reading 19, Speaking 20, Listening 17, Writing 21, and Total 80.

IELTS:

A minimum of 6.0 on every subscore and a minimum total score of 6.5 is required.

Letters Of Recommendation:

Three letters of recommendation.The admissions office will send an upload link ONLY AFTER the application is submitted. This usually takes a few days to send.

Personal Statement:

The admissions office will send an upload link ONLY AFTER the application is submitted. This usually takes a few days to send.

Resume:

The admissions office will send an upload link ONLY AFTER the application is submitted. This usually takes a few days to send.

ALSO NOTE: ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED! DO NOT SEND ANY PHYSICAL DOCUMENTS, e.g. PACKAGES VIA UPS, FEDEX, or DHL TO THE CME DEPARTMENT. ALL Transcript, Degree and TOEFL/IELTS related questions should be directed to the Admissions office: 312-996- 3450. Please do not contact the CME department directly. Students may request a TOEFL/IELTS waiver provided they have completed a minimum of two years of full-time, transferable study at the secondary or collegiate level in a country where English is the primary language as well as the language of instruction, or worked full time in the United States for one year. Requests for a TOEFL score waiver must be made in writing to the Office of Graduate Admissions and included with your application materials. Employment related waiver requests must be accompanied by a letter from a supervisor Students may request a TOEFL waiver provided they have completed a minimum of two years of full-time, transferable study at the secondary or collegiate level in a country where English is the primary language as well as the language of instruction, or worked full time in the United States for one year. Requests for a TOEFL score waiver must be made in writing to the Office of Graduate Admissions and included with your application materials. Employment related waiver requests must be accompanied by a letter from a supervisor (on company letterhead) certifying that the applicant has English proficiency and verifying the length of employment. Please note that the CME department is not responsible for employment letters not approved by the Admissions office. If your letter is not approved for whatever reason, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score to comply with their requirements. NO EXCEPTIONS. ALL Transcript, Degree and TOEFL/IELTS related questions should be directed to the Admissions office: 312- 996-3450. Please do not contact the CME department directly. All international applicants are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam.

The Graduate committee may admit only competent applicants, who do not meet all of the above requirements, on a limited standing basis. Graduates of other engineering fields must show considerable evidence of their ability to complete the CME graduate program. This probationary status, depending on individual qualifications and the applicant’s academic history, may also require the student to complete deficiency courses. If the undergraduate preparation is inadequate, the student may first develop a background equivalent to an undergraduate degree in Civil and Materials Engineering to improve their chances of admissions. Students must complete their deficiency courses within the specified time range indicated on their admissions letter and receive grades of A or B in these courses in order to continue in the graduate program. Substitutions for deficiency courses will not be permitted. Once the limited standing requirements have been met, it is the student’s responsibility to request a status change from limited to full. Requests are to be made in the CME Graduate Office as soon as the limited standing conditions have been satisfied. Applicants who need to take a considerable number of undergraduate CME deficiency courses should consider applying to our undergraduate program in the College of Engineering towards a bachelors in Civil Engineering.

Non-degree status is designed for:

Those applicants who hold a bachelors degree and do not wish to pursue a degree but want to take courses for professional or scholarly reasons or personal enrichment.

Those applicants who do not hold a degree in Civil Engineering and wish to pursue an MS in Civil Engineering.

The Graduate College minimum requirements for non-degree admission are as follows: Prior Degrees:

A baccalaureate or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Nondegree applicants must submit proof of the degree with their application.

Transcripts:

Required by the CME department to calculate the last 60 hours of the students GPA (2.75 minimum).

Other Requirements:

International students who require certification of admission (I-20 or IAP-66) sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service will not be admitted as nondegree students.

Switching from Non-degree to Degree seeking:

Nondegree students who wish to be considered for a degree program must complete a Graduate Application and submit all missing credentials by the deadline for degree applications. Admission to a degree program is not automatic nor guaranteed. Students admitted as nondegree may not change to degree status in their initial term of nondegree enrollment (for that same term). Only a total of 12 hours of non-degree graduate coursework (A or B only) will be transferable between non-degree to a degree seeking program.

ALSO NOTE: Permanent Residents who studied outside the United States may be required to still submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Students may request a TOEFL waiver provided they have completed a minimum of two years of full-time, transferable study at the secondary or collegiate level in a country where English is the primary language as well as the language of instruction, or worked full time in the United States for one year. Requests for a TOEFL score waiver must be made in writing to the Office of Graduate Admissions and included with your application materials. Employment related waiver requests must be accompanied by a letter from a supervisor (on company letterhead) certifying that the applicant has English proficiency and verifying the length of employment. Please note that the CME department is not responsible for employment letters not approved by the Admissions office. If your letter is not approved for whatever reason, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score to comply with their requirements. NO EXCEPTIONS.

B. Application Deadline: *Please note, these deadlines are FIRM. All applications and outstanding documents must be in by or before these dates. Outstanding documents refer to: TOEFL, GRE, degrees, transcripts, CV, Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statement, etc. Applications with any pending documents not received by the Outstanding Documents Deadline WILL BE CANCELLED. Priority will be given to those applications that are complete before the Outstanding Documents deadline.

SPRING INTERNATIONAL

Application Deadline- July 15th Outstanding Documents Deadline- August 31st

SPRING DOMESTIC

Application Deadline- November 1st Outstanding Documents Deadline- November 10th

SPRING NONDEGREE

Application Deadline- November 15th Outstanding Documents Deadline- November 25th

FALL INTERNATIONAL

Application Deadline- February 15th Outstanding Documents Deadline- March 31st

FALL DOMESTIC

Application Deadline- May 15th Outstanding Documents Deadline- June 30th

FALL NONDEGREE

Application Deadline- July 15th Outstanding Documents Deadline- July 31st

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