Advising

Academic and research advisorship

The Graduate Program Director is initially assigned to all graduate students as the temporary advisor, with the exception of the students supported on a Research Assistantship.  MS and PhD students are expected to identify, approach, and choose a permanent advisor by the end of their second semester of study.  The Graduate Program Director will serve as the academic advisor for all MEng students, with the exception of those that will choose to work on a Capstone Project, for which they will have to identify a project advisor.

Permanent advisors and project advisors must be graduate faculty of the Civil Engineering Program.

Periodic progress reviews

MS and PhD students are required to initiate an annual review process with their advisor (usually before the end of the Spring Semester).  An annual review form is compiled by each student and their advisor, and submitted to the Graduate Program Director.

MEng students are required to initiate a semestral review process with their academic advisor (before the end of each Fall and Spring Semesters).  A semiannual progress review form is compiled by each student and the academic advisor, and submitted to the Graduate Program Director.

Committee formation and composition

The Graduate Program Director approves all committees and will reject those that do not meet requirements set forth in the University Graduate Handbook.  It is encouraged that committees stay actively involved in the student’s work throughout the process.

Committee meetings

As a minimum, committees for MS and PhD students are expected to meet in person (or, in exceptional cases, over a conference call) for the proposal defense and for the final defense of a candidate’s work.

Committees for MEng students are expected to meet in person for the project presentation or the final comprehensive examination of the student.

Committee composition requirements

MEng Committee

The Graduate Program Director selects the committee.  It is the responsibility of the MEng students nearing completion of their requirements to contact the Graduate Program Director early in their last semester so that a committee can be formed.

·         The committee must have at least three members

·         The committee chair must be a graduate faculty in the Civil Engineering program

·         The committee must have at least two full-time tenure track CAECM faculty members

MS Committee

·         The committee must have at least three members

·         The committee chair must be a graduate faculty in the Civil Engineering program (usually the student’s research advisor)

·         At least two members must be full-time tenure track CAECM faculty

·         At least half of the committee members must be from CAECM

·         At least one member from outside CAECM is strongly encouraged

PhD Committee

·         The committee must have at least four members

·         The committee chair must be a graduate faculty in the Civil Engineering program (usually the student’s research advisor)

·         At least three members must be full-time tenure track faculty

·         At least half of the committee members must be from CAECM

·         At least one member must be from outside CAECM