Sep 19, 2020  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering

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Chair: Kevin L. Rens
Associate Chair: Bruce Janson
Office: North Classroom, 3037
Telephone: 303-556-2871
Fax: 303-556-2368


Nien-Yin Chang, PhD, Ohio State University, Professional Engineer (PE)-Ohio and Colorado
James C.-Y. Guo, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PE-Colorado
Bruce N. Janson, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kevin L. Rens, PhD, Iowa State University, PE-Colorado
Jonathan T.H. Wu, PhD, Purdue University

Associate Professors:
Caroline Clevenger, PhD, Stanford University, PE, RA-Colorado
Arunprakash Karunanithi, PhD, University of Connecticut
Yail Jimmy Kim, PhD, Queen’s University, Professional Engineer (PEng)-Canada
Wesley Marshall, PhD, University of Connecticut, PE-Connecticut
David C. Mays, PhD, University of California at Berkeley, PE-Colorado, California

Assistant Professors:
Chengyu Li, PhD,  Arizona State University; PE-Colorado, North Carolina, New Mexico, Washington; SE-Utah, Arizona, Washington 
Indrani Pal, PhD, Cambridge University
Frederick R. Rutz, PhD, University of Colorado, PE-Colorado

Professors Emeriti:
Paul E. Bartlett, MS, University of Colorado, PE-Colorado
David W. Hubly, PhD, Iowa State University, PE-Colorado
Lynn E. Johnson, PhD, Cornell University, PE-Connecticut
Oren G. Strom, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Civil Engineering:

  • deliver high-quality comprehensive degree programs (BS, MS, MEng, PhD) to all of our students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • matriculate students who excel in professional practice and leadership and who possess compassion and respect for people of all cultural backgrounds
  • teach our classes with excellence, whether in a traditional classroom setting or online
  • offer our students state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment and classrooms with the latest technology needed for a complete learning experience
  • develop ambitious and innovative research programs involving both faculty and students through funding from federal, state and local sources
  • provide supportive mentoring and guidance to our students through teaching, research and advising
  • produce students who can work as leading professionals in civil engineering and in many other fields for which civil engineering knowledge can be a foundation

Undergraduate Information

The CU Denver undergraduate civil engineering curriculum  places balanced emphasis on five principal areas of civil engineering practice: structures, transportation, environmental, water resources and geotechnical engineering. In each of these areas, the student receives instruction in planning, design and analysis methods. Microcomputer skills are taught early in the program of study and used frequently in subsequent courses.

A minimum of 130 semester hours is required to earn the BS degree. The faculty provide advising to help students develop an efficient study plan. The student must satisfactorily complete all the course work in the curriculum, satisfy all university graduation requirements and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in the civil engineering courses. 

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