Advising

Undergraduate Students

Full-time faculty of the department advise all undergraduates.

A faculty advisor is assigned to each student selecting a CEEM major (typically during the sophomore year). Effort is made to assign students to advisors based on their chosen concentration within the department. Combined Plan students are advised by Professor George Deodatis. It is important that students get program approval for each registration period so that the advisor can provide guidance on the selection of electives and monitor progress in satisfying degree requirements. This advisor will also be available to meet regularly with the student to help with academic and other issues. If a student’s area of concentration changes, he/she may arrange to transfer to an advisor in the appropriate area with notification and agreement of the two advisors.

Graduate Students

M.S.: A student will be advised by any faculty member of the department, preferably one in the student’s area of interest. There is not a set program for the M.S. A formal program of at least 30 points of graduate-level courses taken at Columbia will be set up with the advisor’s advice and approval, and that program will be submitted for approval by the department and the school. Changes can later be made to the program with the advisor’s approval.

Professional Degree: A program of 30 points of advanced graduate courses to be completed beyond the M.S. degree will be set up in consultation with a full-time faculty member of the department.

M.S./Ph.D./D.E.S.: Students beginning the M.S. with intentions of continuing to the doctorate (whether the Ph.D. or doctor of engineering science) will set up a program with the advice of a faculty member in the general area of the student’s research interest. In setting up the program of 30 points for the M.S. plus 30 points beyond the M.S., attention will be given to preparation for the qualifying examination as well as to the foundation for the intended research.

Ph.D./D.E.S.: For students entering with the M.S., the program of 30 points beyond the M.S. will be developed with the guidance of a faculty member in the area of the student’s area of research interest in order to prepare for the qualifying examination and subsequent thesis research.

For guidance in Water Resources / Environmental Engineering see Professor Patricia Culligan.

For Geotechnical Engineering guidance see Professor Hoe I. Ling.

For Construction Engineering and Management see instructors Julius Chang and Ibrahim Odeh.

For Structural Engineering see Professors Raimondo Betti, George Deodatis, Christian Meyer, Andrew Smyth, and Rene Testa.

For Engineering Mechanics see Professors Jacob FishHaim Waisman, and Huiming Yin.

Combined Plan (3-2) (4-2) students see Professor George Deodatis.

Areas of research interest of full time faculty members will be found under the faculty listings of the department.


 

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