Whether rebuilding roads and bridges, planning cities for the future, harnessing the sun's energy to power handheld devices, or studying the impact of floods on coastal cities, Volgenau's students and scholars seek solutions to environmental problems that matter.
Sustainability. It’s everyone’s buzzword.
When it comes to civil infrastructure, Volgenau's engineering grads will transform concepts into reality to achieve sustainable cities and villages.
Our curriculum focuses on educating students not only in the science and application of engineering tools, but in their integration for engineering practice.
Students are trained to conceive, develop, design, construct, maintain and renew these systems, whether they're working in the Washington-metro area, the megacities of Asia, the small towns of America’s heartland or the villages of the developing world.
Volgenau's commitment to sustainable development is threaded throughout the curriculum, in such courses as:
- Soil Mechanics
- Water Resource Engineering
- Environmental Engineering and Science
- Sustainable Land Development
- Water Quality
- Transportation Engineering
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Villages
Educational Programs Related to Sustainable Infrastructure
Volgenau students and faculty are leading in the development of sustainable cities, towns and villages. Mechanical engineers build solar-powered machinery, electrical and computer engineers develop efficient smart phone batteries, and civil engineers build LEED-certified structures and bring clean water to remote locations. Our educational programs reflect the care and concern for the world around us.
The bachelor’s degree program provides essential underpinnings in the theory and design methods of civil and infrastructure engineering for engineering practice. Students benefit from exposure to practical civil, environmental, and infrastructure engineering problems and their solutions in the classroom, lab, and field. The educational objectives of the Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering program describe expectations for graduates approximately three to five years after obtaining their BS CIE degree.
Students in the BS in Systems Engineering program may elect to enter an accelerated MS in Telecommunications Program while they are undergraduate students. The program is designed for qualified undergraduate students in the systems engineering program to proceed directly into the MS program, completing the two degrees with 144 credits. Students benefit from an accelerated program, and are well prepared to work in various fields to define, develop, and integrate such systems as computer networks, cars, intelligent robots, stereos, subways, and universities.
Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, MS
The Master of science in civil and infrastructure engineering is designed for students who have completed the BS in civil engineering, although students with related undergraduate degrees may be considered for provisional admission. The MS educates students in the theory and practice of civil engineering science and design at an advanced level. The MS also serves as a foundation for doctoral study in in civil engineering, as well as for additional graduate studies in architecture, law, business, economics, finance, and public policy and administration.
Geotechnical, Construction and Structural Engineering, MEng
The Master of Engineering in integrated geotechnical, construction, and structural engineering (GeoConStruct) program was designed in collaboration with leading engineers in practice to develop a course of study that recognizes that geotechnical engineering, construction engineering, and structural engineering are practiced together, and should be taught together in an integrated manner. Its purpose is to educate engineers for practice, for excellence in design and execution now, laying the groundwork for practice demands 25 years from now. It is a program that balances theory and practice, building on the foundation of an undergraduate degree in civil engineering.
This degree emphasizes both analytical and practical aspects of engineering complex systems. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in several quantitative modeling disciplines, and to master practical aspects of systems design, engineering and management. The program prepares students for a professional career in systems design, development, and management, associated with problem formulation, issue analysis, and the evaluation of alternative courses of action, as well as advanced graduate study.
Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy in civil and infrastructure engineering prepares students for advanced leadership positions in research and development in the public or private sector, academics, or government. Students may elect to study in the areas of: environmental and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, or transportation engineering. Both part-time and full-time study is available.
Systems Engineering and Operations Research
Mason’s doctoral program in Systems Engineering and Operations Research offers a unique integration of systems engineering and operations research. This integration gives students a strong analytical and computational capability and an overarching systems perspective that is well-grounded in application. The program prepares students for leadership positions in research and development in government, industry, research organization, and academia.
Make a Career of Making a Difference
Our graduates receive the tools, values, and vision to meet the complex and evolving demands of creating a sustainable world, by learning to:
- Optimize the use of water resources to meet industrial, agricultural, navigational, energy, recreational, and domestic needs while striving to improve environmental quality. Programs to consider: Civil, Envrionmental and Infrastructure Engineering, BS; Envrionmental Engineering, Minor; Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, MS; Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, PhD.
- Plan air, highway, rail, and sea shipping transportation systems that support economic prosperity, optimize energy use, maximize the capacity of our existing infrastructure, and preserve nature. Programs to consider: Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, MS; Geotechnical, Construction and Structural Engineering, MEng.
- Use and re-use natural resources sparingly to construct buildings that are energy-efficient, anticipate climate change effects, and withstand extreme conditions. Programs to consider: Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, MS; Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, PhD.
If you want to help preserve the planet through practical solutions, Volgenau will give you the skills you need.