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Civil Engineering Master’s Programs: A Comprehensive Review of Types and Requirements

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Status of CE Education: Today & Tomorrow

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Civil Engineering

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22.327.1 - 22.327.21



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Jeffrey S. Russell University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Jeffrey S. Russell, Ph.D., P.E., is a Professor and Chair at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2205, Engineering Hall, 1415, Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706.

Over the past 22 years, Professor Jeffrey S. Russell has established himself as a leader in education, research, and service to the civil engineering profession through championing diversity, leadership, innovation, and enhanced education for future civil engineers. He is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and MS and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin.

Dr. Russell is co-founder of the Construction Engineering and Management program at UW, Madison, one of only seven programs accredited by ABET, Inc. He has advised over 100 graduate students including 26 Ph.D. students, and served as principal or co-principal investigator for more than $14 million of publicly and privately funded research. In addition, Dr. Russell has:
Published more than 200 technical papers in the areas of contractor failure, prequalification, surety bonds, constructability, automation, maintainability, warranties, and quality control/quality assurance.
Authored and published two books: Constructor Prequalification (1996) and Surety Bonds for Construction Contracts (2000). Been recognized by his peers with 18 national and regional awards and nine best paper awards. Awards include the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator (1990), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Collingwood Prize (1991), ASCE Edmund Friedman Young Engineering Award (1993), ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (1996), ASCE Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize (1996), Outstanding Researcher of the Construction Industry Institute (2000), ASCE President’s Medal (2003), NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (2004), Engineering News Record Newsmaker (1996 and 2005), ASCE William H. Wisely Civil Engineer Award (2005), National Society of Professional Engineers Engineering Education Excellence Award (2005), Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers Engineering Educator Award (2007), ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEED) Leadership Award in Education (2007), Distinguished Membership of ASCE (2009), Wisconsin Distinguished Service Award ASCE WI section (2009), ASEE George Wadlin Service Award (2010), and the Peurifoy Research Award (2010). Served as editor-in-chief of the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (1995 - 2000) and as founding editor-in-chief of the ASCE publication Leadership and Management in Engineering (2000 - 2003), during which time he organized special issues on diversity, public policy, career management, globalization, and information technology. Served on the ASCE Board of Direction (1997 - 2000), and he is active with the student chapters of ASCE and Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society.

Dr. Russell is presently Chair of the ASCE Committee on Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice. The Committee is charged with defining the future education requirements necessary to practice civil engineering at the professional level. Throughout his career, Dr. Russell has dedicated his efforts to make engineering education more meaningful and more relevant. He has been a consistent advocate for elevating engineering education expectations for tomorrow’s graduates: necessary to better prepare them for the challenges of a complex, interconnected world, and to compete more effectively in the global economy.

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Joshua M. Rogers University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Joshua Rogers is a Graduate Student in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1205 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Dr., Madison, WI 53706.

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Thomas A. Lenox , Dist.M.ASCE, F.ASEE American Society of Civil Engineers

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Tom Lenox is the Executive Vice President (Professional & Educational Strategic Initiatives) of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191.

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Dion K. Coward American Society of Civil Engineers

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Dion K. Coward is the Manager of Educational Activities at the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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ASEE 2011 Master’s Program: A Comprehensive Review of Types and RequirementsFor several decades, educators and practitioners in the civil engineering community in theUnited States have been calling for reform of civil engineering education. The reforminitiative gained momentum at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) CivilEngineering Education Conference. At this 1995 conference in Denver, several of theeducational leaders of the profession urged ASCE to lead the reformation in earnest.Their call for action ultimately resulted in the passage of ASCE Policy Statement 465,Academic Prerequisites for Licensure and Professional Practice. The policy states that, inthe future, education beyond the baccalaureate degree will be necessary for entry into theprofessional practice of civil engineering. The additional education can take manydifferent forms – one form being a master’s degree. The purpose of this paper is to focuson existing master’s programs in civil engineering or closely related engineering fields.The paper will describe the range of such programs including number of credits, mode ofdelivery (on-campus, part-time, or distance), research requirements, and accreditationstatus. This paper will help students, engineering educators, and engineeringpractitioners understand the variety of master’s degrees that exist across the nation. Andthis understanding may motivate engineering educators to explore additional and/oralternative master’s-level programs at their own institutions.COORDINATING NOTE:This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox, thecoordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s program for the CE Division of ASEE in2011. It should be considered for inclusion in the session(s) that Tom Lenox isorganizing and moderating

Russell, J. S., & Rogers, J. M., & Lenox, T. A., & Coward, D. K. (2011, June), Civil Engineering Master’s Programs: A Comprehensive Review of Types and Requirements Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17608

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