Graduate Division

Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD

Section 1

Overview

Civil and Environmental Engineering provides innovative solutions at the interface of the natural and the built environment for the benefit of society. As such, education and research addresses the efficient design, maintenance and sustainability of infrastructure while preserving and sustaining natural, social, and economic resources. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering focuses its graduate study and research program into the following four areas.

  • Structures, Geotechnics, and Materials, including civil infrastructure materials, engineering mechanics, advanced composites, structural dynamics, performance-based earthquake engineering, geotechnical engineering, and reliability and risk assessment;
  • Transportation Systems, including traffic operations and management, advanced information technology applications, travel behavior, and transportation systems analysis;
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Systems, including dynamics of the hydrologic cycle and climate induced variability, flood and drought prediction and mitigation, and remote sensing of hydrologic systems;
  • Environmental and Energy Systems, including environmental pollution mitigation, water and air quality, water treatment technologies, water and energy nexus, and renewable energy.

During the application process, students must choose one of these four focus areas and, once admitted, each student will be assigned an advisor from among active faculty in their focus area.  Financial support through research or teaching assistantships and a variety of fellowships and scholarships is available to qualified students and is highly competitive.  Interdisciplinary study in one or more areas outside of the student’s primary focus area is strongly encouraged.

What Sets Us Apart?

Civil and Environmental Engineering increasingly demand practitioners and researchers who can solve problems related to complex and interrelated built and natural systems. Our programs prepare graduates to be leaders in these areas by including:

  • A commitment to cross-disciplinary studies
  • Internationally recognized academics
  • State-of-the-art laboratories and research centers
  • Financial support through research and teaching opportunities

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

5 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

The department receives a large volume of graduate applications each year and the selection process is extremely competitive. Minimum requirements are as follows:


GPA

A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 during undergraduate study
   
GRE

The general portion of the GRE is required for all applicants. UCI does not require a minimum score on the GRE.

TOEFL

International applicants must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams. Please select institution code 4859 to have your official score sent to UCI.

More information

For the TOEFL exam, international applicants must obtain a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based Test (IBT) or 550 on the paper-based test (PBT). The requirement for the IELTS exam is an overall minimum score of 7 for admission, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module. If an international applicant has obtained an advanced degree in the United States, this requirement may be waived. Please contact April Heath to confirm if this requirement can be waived.

Transcripts

Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts directly to the online application for all institutions attended since high school. If an applicant is admitted, official transcripts will be requested only from the institution(s) were a degree was earned.

Personal History Statement

This is required of all applicants.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters must be uploaded digitally; paper LORs will not be accepted.

Financial Support

The department has several sources of financial support for highly qualified students. These include fellowships, research assistantships and teaching assistantships. In addition, a large number of external competitive fellowships/awards are available for students meeting the criteria of the sponsoring organization.

Sources of departmental support include:

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Sunny Jiang, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Environmental Health Sciences
Research Interests: water pollution microbiology, environmental biotechnology, aquatic microbial ecology
department profile
E-mail: sjiang@uci.edu
Research Lab

Mohammad Javad Abdolhosseini Qomi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: mechanics and physics of multi-scale porous materials, nano- and meso-chemo-mechanics, engineering advanced materials for sustainable infrastructures
department profile
Email: mjaq@uci.edu
Research Lab

Adeyemi Adeleye, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: water chemistry; environmental applications of nanotechnology; fate and effects of emerging contaminants (engineered nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals, and microplastics); nanotoxicity; water and wastewater treatment
department profile
Email: adeyemi.adeleye@uci.edu

Amir Aghakouchak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Hydrology, climatology, remote sensing of environment, climate extremes, water-energy nexus, climate change, stochastic modeling, water resources management
department profile
Email: amir.a@uci.edu
Research Lab

Kristen Davis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Earth System Science
Research Interests: coastal oceanography, fluid mechanics, turbulent flows
department profile
Email: davis@uci.edu
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Russell Detwiler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: groundwater hydrology, contaminant fate and transport, subsurface process modeling, groundwater/surface-water interaction
department profile
Email: detwiler@uci.edu
Research Lab

Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: hydrology and geomorphology with emphasis on modeling the interactions between the atmosphere, land, and the terrestrial environment at plot to large-watershed scale
department profile
Email: efi@uci.edu
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Stanley Grant, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: environmental engineering, inland and coastal water quality, coagulation and filtration of colloidal contaminants, environmental microbiology
department profile
Email: sbgrant@uci.edu
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Kuo-Lin Hsu, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: remote sensing of precipitation, hydrologic systems modeling, stochastic hydrology, water resources systems planning
department profile
Email: kuolinh@uci.edu
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Michael Hyland, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: modeling, design, control, and analysis of smart city transportation systems with emphases on shared-use autonomous mobility services and urban transit networks
department profile
Email: hylandm@uci.edu

R. Jayakrishnan, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: transportation systems analysis
department profile
Email: rjayakri@uci.edu
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Wenlong Jin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: intelligent transportation systems, traffic flow theory, transportation network analysis
department profile
E-mail: wjin@uci.edu
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Joel Lanning, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: seismic design of civil structures, large-scale testing, alternative building materials, teaching methods in engineering education
department profile
Email: joel.lanning@uci.edu

Anne Lemnitzer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: geotechnical and earthquake engineering, soil structure interaction, RC design, seismic monitoring
department profile
Email: alemnitz@uci.edu
Research Lab

Mo Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Research Interests: Responsive materials, multifunctional materials and structures, fracture mechanics, cement chemistry, industrial ecology, materials-structure-environment interaction
department profile
Email: mo.li@uci.edu

Michael McNally, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Planning, Policy, and Design
Research Interests: travel behavior, transportation systems analysis
department profile
Email: mmcnally@uci.edu
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Ayman Mosallam, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Materials & Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Research Interests: advanced composites and hybrid systems, seismic repair and rehabilitation of structures, diagnostic/prognostic structural health monitoring techniques, 3D printing in Construction and sustainable and green building technology
department profile
Email: mosallam@uci.edu

Farzad Naeim, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: performance-based earthquake engineering; structural health monitoring; seismic instrumentation; structural design of tall buildings; nonlinear response of structures; seismic isolation; energy dissipation systems and devices; design characteristics of earthquake ground motions; seismic analysis and design of complex structures
department profile
Email: fnaeim@uci.edu
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Phu Nguyen, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: hydrology, GIS, satellite precipitation estimation algorithms, databases and visualization tools for remotely-sensed data and information, crowdsourcing, water resources systems
department profile
Email: ndphu@uci.edu
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Wilfred Recker, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: transportation systems modeling, traffic control, and urban systems analysis
department profile
Email: wwrecker@uci.edu
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Stephen Ritchie, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies
Research Interests: transportation engineering, advanced traffic management and control systems, development and application of emerging technologies in transportation
department profile
Email: sritchie@uci.edu
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Diego Rosso, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Director of the UCI WEX Center
Research Interests: environmental process engineering, mass transfer, wastewater treatment, carbon- and energy-footprint analysis
department profile
Email: bidui@uci.edu
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Brett Sanders, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Urban Planning and Public Policy
Research Interests: urban flooding, coastal flooding, dam-break flooding, flood hazard modeling, flood risk management, sediment management, shallow-water hydrodynamics and morphodynamics, computational methods, remote-sensing with drones, translational research for flood modeling targeting community resilience, population health and poverty alleviation
department profile
Email: bsanders@uci.edu
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Jean-Daniel Saphores, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Economics; Planning, Policy, and Design
Research Interests: transportation and environmental systems (with a focus on air pollution and energy use), travel behavior analysis, alternative fuel vehicles, automated vehicles, transit use, sustainable infrastructure management, and decision making under uncertainty using real options
department profile
Email: saphores@uci.edu
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Soroosh Sorooshian, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Earth System Science, Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing
Research Interests: hydrology, hydrometeorology and hydroclimate modeling, remote sensing, water sources management
department profile
Email: soroosh@uci.edu
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Lizhi Sun, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: micro- and nano-mechanics, composites and nanocomposites, smart materials and structures, multiscale modeling, elastography
department profile
Email: lsun@uci.edu
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Jasper Vrugt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Earth System Science
Research Interests: examining how (eco)systems work, why theories deviate from data, how scientists diagnose change, as applied to biogeosciences, ecology, geomorphology, geophysics, hydrology, soils
department profile
Email: jasper@uci.edu
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Farzin Zareian, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: structural engineering, performance-based earthquake engineering, structural reliability, structural control
department profile
Email: zareian@uci.edu
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Affiliated Faculty


Jack Brouwer, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental EngineeringResearch Interests: high-temperature electrochemical dynamics, fuel cells, renewable and sustainable energy
department profile
Email: jbrouwer@uci.edu
Research Lab 


Donald Dabdub, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental EngineeringResearch Interests: mathematical modeling of urban and global air pollution, dynamics of atmospheric aerosols, secondary organic aerosols, impact of energy generation on air quality, chemical reactions at gas-liquid interfaces
department profile
Email: ddabdub@uci.edu
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Steve Davis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Earth System Science; Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: energy technology and policy; emissions and energy embodied in international trade; life cycle assessment; interactions of agriculture and climate; human drivers of greenhouse gas emissions; and socio-economic inertia of climate change
department profile
Email: sjdavis@uci.edu
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Derek Dunn-Rankin, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Environmental Health Sciences
Research Interests: combustion, optical particle sizing, particle aero-dynamics, laser diagnostics and spectroscopy
department profile
Email: ddunnran@uci.edu
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Amelia Regan, Ph.D.
Professor of Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences; Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: algorithm development for large scale network optimization problems; applications are optimal contracting, long term investment decisions, transportation logistics, freight and fleet management, and intermodal transportation systems
department profile
Email: aregan@uci.edu
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Scott Samuelsen, Ph.D.
Director of Advanced Power and Energy Program, Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: fuel cells, combustion, air quality, smart grid and microgrid technology, practical systems, energy and environmental conflict
department profile
Email: gss@uci.edu
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