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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering

2118 Fiedler Hall
Fax: 785-532-7717

Department Head:

Mustaque Hossain

Director of graduate studies:

Stacey Kulesza

Graduate faculty:

*Husain M. Aziz, Ph.D., Purdue University
*Sunanda Dissanayake, Ph.D., University of South Florida
*Eric Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., Iowa State University
 Krishna Ghimire, Ph.D., University of Kansas
*Mustaque Hossain, Ph.D., Arizona State University
*Jeongdae Im, Ph.D., University of Michigan
*Christopher Jones, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Weston Koehn, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Stacey Kulesza, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
*Landon Marston, Ph.D., University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
*Alexander P. Mathews, Ph.D., University of Michigan
*Hani G. Melhem, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Parth Panchmatia, Ph.D., Purdue University
*Prathap Parameswaran, Ph.D., Arizona State Univeristy
*Dunja Peric, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
*Robert J. Peterman, Ph.D., Purdue University
*Hayder A. Rasheed, Ph.D., The University of Texas - Austin
Scott Schiff, Ph.D., University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

*Denotes graduate faculty that is certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.

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Program description

The Department of Civil Engineering at Kansas State University offers comprehensive programs leading to the degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy in civil engineering. Specializations include environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering. An active research program is conducted in each of these areas, and it is the goal of the department to maintain a close association between graduate study, research, teaching, and engineering practice.

Research facilities

The Department of Civil Engineering has several laboratories which can be used to perform a wide variety of graduate research projects. These include laboratories in the areas of environmental engineering, hydraulic engineering, materials testing, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and water resources engineering.

The department also has the Civil Infrastructure Systems Laboratory (CISL) which includes a full-scale Accelerated Pavement Testing facility.

In addition, the department has modern computing facilities including a number of personal computers and workstations.

Financial support

The department offers several graduate research and teaching assistantships. These positions are generally 0.4 or 0.5 time appointments and the stipends vary accordingly. In addition, a number of graduate research assistantships are supported through externally funded research projects obtained by individual faculty members. Student fees are assessed at the in-state level for graduate students who receive research or teaching assistantships.

Career opportunities

Graduate study in civil engineering will provide students with training for a wide variety of academic, technological, and public service careers. Students completing the master of science degree program typically find employment related to their chosen discipline in either private consulting firms or governmental agencies. Students completing the doctor of philosophy degree program can also expect to find employment in academic positions, or in government and private research laboratories.

Areas of emphasis

Environmental and water resources engineering: Mathews, Parameswaran, Starrett, Steward
Structural analysis and design: Melhem, Peterman, Rasheed
Geotechnical engineering: Peric, Tucker
Transportation and materials engineering: Dissanayake, Fitzsimmons, Hossain, Riding, Stokes



Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science

Graduate Certificate


Civil Engineering