Graduate Degree Programs

GRADUATE DEGREE OPTIONS

Ph.D. Students

The Ph.D. is the highest degree awarded, and as such requires the highest level of proficiency and achievement, both in knowledge and in the performance of research presented in a written dissertation. While there are no specific course requirements, most doctoral students spend approximately four to five years working toward a Ph.D., which includes research and approximately 50 to 60 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree.

A minor field of study, consisting of a minimum of nine hours of course credit, approved by the student's thesis advisory committee, must be completed on a letter-grade basis while enrolled in the doctoral program at Georgia Tech.

CEE PhD Process Flowchart


ADMISSION
  • Admission into Ph.D. Program
PROGRAM OF STUDY
COMPS
ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY
DOCTORAL MINOR
THESIS PROPOSAL
DEFENSE
GRADUATION
  • Degree Awarded

NOTE: Additional forms concerning the publication of your thesis are required. Please check with the Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office.


Doctoral Students: You can log into DegreeWorks and view your Notes (at the bottom of your DegreeWorks page) to determine what forms are still needed. If the abbreviation is listed, the form is still required. Please see below for the abbreviations of the forms.

For example, a new student’s note would read: “CEE PhD Audit: Program, Comp Results, Proposal, Minor, Candidacy, Defense Cmte, Announcement, Defense Results, Thesis.”

ABBREVIATION REQUIRED FORM
Program Ph.D. Program of Study
Comp Results Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Results
Proposal Notification of Ph.D. Thesis Proposal Results
Minor Doctoral Minor Form
Candidacy Request for Admission to Ph.D. Candidacy
Defense Cmte Appointment of Final Doctoral (Oral Defense) Committee
Announcement Ph.D. Thesis Defense Announcement
Defense Results Notification of Ph.D. Thesis Defense Results
Thesis Certificate of Thesis Approval

(Links not working? All forms are also available from the CEE Student Services Office, Mason Building, Suite 1220.)

Though much of the research conducted in CEE stretches across traditional disciplinary boundaries, graduate students apply to a specific group within the School to serve as their academic home for the duration of their studies. Learn more about each of our six academic groups:

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Construction and Infrastructure Systems Engineering

 

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The technological and managerial evolution of construction and infrastructure systems engineering in the last few decades demands a new generation of modern engineers.

Our students become those engineers — professionals who know how to build civil infrastructure projects that meet safety, quality, environmental and other requirements while effectively controlling the project’s cost and duration. They become capable infrastructure managers and utility engineers through a technical and integrated systems approach to the analysis and management of complex infrastructure systems.

We teach our graduate students established methods and encourage them to research and develop new ones. Students participate in state-of-the-art basic and applied projects in construction information technology, construction data modeling and visualization, infrastructure sensors and sensor systems, infrastructure systems modeling and risk analysis, knowledge management for decision-support systems, and other advanced technology-based areas.

The interdisciplinary nature of construction and infrastructure systems engineering encourages students to supplement their graduate program with courses from other areas at Georgia Tech, including computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, building construction, and industrial and systems engineering.

PEOPLE

Baabak Ashuri
Associate Professor
Daniel Castro
Adjunct Associate Professor
Yong Kwon Cho
Associate Professor and Group Coordinator
T. Russell Gentry
Adjunct Associate Professor
Laurence J. Jacobs
Associate Dean and Professor
Lawrence F. Kahn
Professor Emeritus
Kimberly E. Kurtis, FACI, FACerS
Professor and Associate Dean
Carol Maddox
Administrative Professional Senior
John E. Taylor
Frederick L. Olmsted Professor
Iris Tien
Assistant Professor

Environmental Engineering

 

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Our Environmental Engineering program provides comprehensive educational and research opportunities in air, land, and water science and engineering. Our faculty members have a broad range of experience and expertise. They work in top-notch research facilities. They collaborate extensively with other engineering and science faculty across campus.

That means we attract the highest-caliber students from a variety of engineering and science backgrounds. And we design your master’s or Ph.D. program specifically for your professional goals.

Our endeavors focus on environmental biotechnology; water quality and treatment; wastewater reclamation and reuse; hazardous and solid waste engineering; ground water modeling and treatment; air quality monitoring; pollution control and modeling; environmental sciences; and industrial ecology. And our program is a key component in campus-wide initiatives on biological engineering, bioscience and biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials science and technology, sustainable technology and development, environmental science and technology, and energy systems.

PEOPLE

Mustafa M. Aral
Professor
Michael H. Bergin
Adjunct Professor
Joe Brown
Assistant Professor
Jessica Brown
Admin Professional Senior
Yongsheng Chen
Associate Professor
John Crittenden
Director, Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, Hightower Chair...
Maohong Fan
Adjunct Professor
Yongtao Hu
Senior Research Scientist
Ching-Hua Huang
Professor & Group Coordinator
Jaehong Kim
Adjunct Professor
Kostas T. Konstantinidis
Carlton S. Wilder Junior Faculty Professorship & Associate Professor
John H. Koon
Professor of the Practice
James A. Mulholland
Associate Chair, Graduate Programs & Professor
M. Talat Odman
Principal Research Engineer
Arka Pandit
Research Engineer I
Spyros G. Pavlostathis
Professor
Armistead G. Russell
Howard T. Tellepsen Chair & Regents' Professor
F. Michael Saunders
Professor Emeritus
Jim C. Spain
Professor Emeritus
Marc Stieglitz
Associate Professor
Costas Tsouris
Affiliate
Steven Van Ginkel
Research Associate II
Xing Xie
Assistant Professor (arriving spring 2017)
Sotira Yiacoumi
Professor
Guangxuan Zhu
Senior Research Scientist

Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Water Resources

 

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Graduate students in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Water Resources can expect a stimulating and diverse educational experience where you participate in innovative experimental, computational and modeling research that creates new knowledge.

Our program focuses on water, air, and land systems, with emphasis on the science and engineering applications of environmental transport processes and sustainable resource management. And our students and faculty members develop their research into new technologies that benefit engineering practice in fluid mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology, hydroclimatology, and water resources.

Facilities

The Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory includes a large constant-head tank, a 4.3 m wide sediment scour flume, a 24 m long tilting flume, a recirculating flume for cohesive sediment resuspension, a recirculating salt-water flume, a density-stratified towing tank, and a 24 m long wave tank. Instrumentation includes Acoustic Doppler Velocimetry (ADV), Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV), Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF), and three-dimensional visualization.

The Computational Laboratory includes a 16-node (64 CPUs) High Performance computing cluster and a number of Linux workstations. An eight-CPU, 32GB RAM visualization workstation was recently added. Our graduate students also have access to Georgia Tech's high performance computing systems and several European supercomputers.

Field instrumentation includes pressure transducers and ther mistors; a Campbell Scientific Eddy Covariance Tower System that directly measures sensible, latent and CO2 fluxes between the terrestrial landscape through the atmosphere. This tower includes soil moisture probes, a rain gauge and dataloggers. Additional equipment includes an ISCO portable water sampler with ultrasonic level sensor and rain gauge, a depth-integrating suspended sediment sampler, a bed sediment sampler, a PPP Spectral Analyzer, and current meters.

PEOPLE

Rafael L. Bras
Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, K. Harrison...
Jenny Eaton
Administrative Professional Senior
Francesco Fedele
Associate Professor
Hermann M. Fritz
Associate Professor
Aris P. Georgakakos
Professor and Director, Georgia Water Resources Institute
Kevin A. Haas
Associate Professor & Group Coordinator
Martin Kistenmacher
Research Engineer II
Jian Luo
Associate Professor
Philip J. Roberts
Professor
Terry W. Sturm
Professor
Jingfeng Wang
Associate Professor
Donald R. Webster
Associate Chair, Administration and Finance & Professor

Geosystems Engineering

 

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Our geosystems engineering program merges geotechnics, geophysics, geomechanics and geology.

We focus on the behavior of natural materials in engineered systems, encompassing traditional and emerging topics within the field — like advanced techniques for site and material characterization; constitutive and micromechanical modeling; natural and man-made hazard mitigation; engineered soils; biotechnology; geotechnical aspects of resource recovery; and foundation design, slope stability, and excavation support.

Our graduate students work with world-class faculty to conduct fundamental and applied research using analytical, numerical, and experimental methods. They also help us teach and participate in a wide range of professional development and social activities coordinated by the Georgia Tech Geotechnical Society.

Facilities

Geosystems instruction facilities, research groups and laboratories occupy more than 10,000 square feet of custom space in the Mason Building. The research groups include:

Geoenvironmental Engineering Group

In-Situ Testing Research Group

Rock and Fracture Mechanics Research Group

PEOPLE

Chloé Arson
Associate Professor
Domniki Asimaki
Adjunct Associate Professor
Rudolph Bonaparte
Professor of the Practice
Susan E. Burns
Associate Chair, Undergraduate Programs & Georgia Power Distinguished...
G. Wayne Clough
Secretary Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution; President Emeritus, Georgia...
Sheng Dai
Assistant Professor
Jenny Eaton
Administrative Professional Senior
J. David Frost
Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham Professor & Group Coordinator
Leonid Germanovich
Professor
Haiying Huang
Associate Professor
James Lai
Professor Emeritus
Paul W. Mayne
Professor
Glenn J. Rix
Adjunct Professor
J. Carlos Santamarina
Professor

Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials

 

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Our program’s academic and research activities have earned an international reputation for excellence — a reputation strengthened by an environment that fosters learning, discovery and creativity.

That world renown comes from our work in: creative use of advanced structural materials and composite systems to improve infrastructure; earthquake engineering; cladding effects on, and hybrid control of, the response of tall buildings to earthquakes and wind; steel connection design and behavior; and structural reliability and risk assessment.

Our students learn about — and conduct advance research on — structural analysis and design, the behavior of structural systems, earthquake engineering, engineering science and mechanics, high-performance materials, computer-aided engineering, risk and reliability, and intelligent engineering learning environments.

They are encouraged to form partnerships with each other and our faculty members to develop their skills and advance our profession. And we foster a multidisciplinary environment where we’re developing solutions to engineering problems of national and international importance.

Facilities

Our School is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and instruments for all aspects of modern structural engineering and structural mechanics and materials research. This includes:

  • An 18,000-square-foot Structures and Materials Laboratory with an 8,000-square-foot strong floor, an L-shaped reaction wall with capacities of 100-300 kips, and two 30-ton-capacity cranes. More… (Learn about construction of this facility in STRUCTUREmag.)
  • A broad range of universal testing machines, with capacity to 400 kips.
  • Specialized facilities for mechanical testing with infrared thermography and photoelastic stress/strain analysis.
  • A nondestructive evaluation/optics laboratory.
  • A laser scanning confocal microscope.
  • Numerous high-performance workstations equipped with state-of-the-art software in structural engineering and mechanics.

PEOPLE

Nelson C. Baker
Dean of Professional Education and Associate Professor
Reginald DesRoches
Karen and John Huff School Chair and Professor
Bruce R. Ellingwood
Professor Emeritus
T. Russell Gentry
Adjunct Associate Professor
Barry Goodno
Professor
Laurence J. Jacobs
Associate Dean and Professor
Lawrence F. Kahn
Professor Emeritus
Jin Yeon Kim
Senior Research Engineer
Kimberly E. Kurtis, FACI, FACerS
Professor and Associate Dean
Roberto T. Leon
Adjunct Professor
Carol Maddox
Administrative Professional Senior
Rafi L. Muhanna
Associate Professor
Glaucio H. Paulino
Raymond Allen Jones Chair & Professor
David W. Scott
Associate Professor
Lauren Stewart
Assistant Professor
Phanish Suryanarayana
Assistant Professor
Iris Tien
Assistant Professor
Yang Wang
Associate Professor
Gerald Wempner
Professor Emeritus
Donald W. White
Professor & Group Coordinator
Kenneth M. Will
Associate Professor Emeritus
Chuang-Sheng (Walter) Yang
Research Engineer II and Instructor, P. E.
Arash Yavari
Associate Professor
Abdul-Hamid Zureick
Professor

Transportation Systems Engineering

 

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Transportation systems are the building blocks of modern society. Efficient and safe movement of information, people, goods and services ensures a thriving economy and improves our quality of life.

Our students study not only the efficient, safe design and operations of these critical linkages but also the systems’ influence on our travel behavior, how we design our communities and the quality of our environment. Working with our faculty of world-renowned scholars, graduate students also help improve the design and performance of our transportation systems as well as our understanding of how they fit into the environmental, institutional and social contexts of our society.

Students supplement their core technical transportation courses in urban planning, traffic engineering, highway and transit facility design, administration, and statistical analysis with interdisciplinary coursework from other units across Georgia Tech.

Facilities

Our research facilities include a unique traffic signal lab, an instrumented vehicle lab, and the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) laboratory.

PEOPLE

Chengbo Ai
Research Engineer I
Adjo A. Amekudzi-Kennedy
Associate Chair, Global Engineering Leadership & Research Development...
Giovanni Circella
Research Engineer I
Laurie Anne Garrow
Associate Professor
Randall L. Guensler
Professor
Angshuman Guin
Senior Research Engineer
Michael P. Hunter
Associate Professor
Marjorie S. Jorgenson
Administrative Professional Senior
Jorge A. Laval
Associate Professor
John D. Leonard
Adjunct Associate Professor
John Z. Luh
Part-Time Lecturer
Patricia L. Mokhtarian
Susan G. and Christopher D. Pappas Professor & Group Coordinator
Michael O. Rodgers
Principal Research Scientist
Catherine Ross
Adjunct Professor
Frank Southworth
Adjunct Principal Research Scientist
Wonho Suh
Affiliate
Yi-Chang James Tsai
Professor
Kari E. Watkins
Frederick L. Olmsted Junior Faculty Professorship & Assistant Professor
Yi-Ching Wu
Research Engineer II