Delve into challenging research problems using technology that’s revolutionizing the profession.
Our PhD in civil and infrastructure engineering represents the highest academic attainment for a civil engineer. Our students:
- Work beside world-renowned researchers who are experts in building sustainable and long-lasting infrastructure, monitoring structural conditions, and anticipating and reducing the impact of natural hazards.
- Conduct research in one of our advanced labs, such as the Flood Hazards Research Lab, the Sustainable Geotransportation/Geoenvironmental Infrastructure (SGI) Lab, and the Advanced Infrastructure Monitoring (AIM) Lab.
- Benefit from our connections with local industry and government agencies, which provide research experiences and career opportunities.
Our doctoral students select from five concentrations areas, which align with current faculty research expertise:
- Construction engineering and management. Investigate the best ways to prevent construction injuries on work sites. Use the latest building information modeling and infrastructure asset-management tools to monitor, repair, and retrofit existing infrastructure, as well as ensure an on-time and cost-effective delivery of lean and green construction.
- Environmental and water resources engineering. Explore natural and nature-based defenses for coastal resiliency. Use remote-sensing techniques to develop land surface models to forecast changing weather patterns to predict droughts and floods.
- Geotechnical engineering. Use digital elevation models (DEM) and geographic information systems (GIS) to predict landslides. Experiment with the best new building materials, including geosynthetics for geoenvironmental design and recycled aggregate for long-lasting, cost-effective highways.
- Structural engineering. Improve decision-making using data-driven approaches to assess the condition of ships, bridges, and buildings. Use the latest technology, such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and drones.
- Transportation engineering. Explore the power of big data to increase the performance, potential, resiliency, and sustainability of transportation systems. Use GIS/GPS in transportation modeling, sustainable transportation, and transportation economics.
Check the catalog for official degree information.
We offer competitive research or teaching assistantships to PhD students. Contact our faculty in your research area to find out more about available positions.
For more information, contact program director Laura Kosoglu at 703-993-5319