Geotechnical, Construction, and Structural Engineering, MEng
Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering
Nguyen Engineering Building, 1300
4400 University Drive, MS 6C1
Fairfax, VA 22030
The master of engineering (MEng) program in combined geotechnical, construction, and structural engineering (GeoConStruct) 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.
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Geotechnical engineers play a major role in all areas of construction, which provides opportunities in a variety of areas. They must evaluate site suitability for a tunnel that will penetrate a mountain or a seabed, or lie beneath a city in an earthquake active zone; an embankment dam that will be constructed of the indigenous soil and rock; an offshore island that will provide storm protection for a coastal city; or a deep disposal site that will contain nuclear waste for 10,000 years. Geotechnical engineers are members of design teams, collaborating with structural engineers, water resources and environmental engineers, and construction engineers.