DOCTORAL PROGRAM IN DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

 

Villanova’s College of Engineering offers a distinctive PhD program leading to a Doctorate of Philosophy.

Congruent with the University’s mission, the doctoral program emphasizes excellence, innovation and integrity in research, scholarship and education. Its purpose is to educate highly qualified engineering scholars for academia, industry and government.

Doctoral candidates wishing to concentrate their studies in Civil Engineering will take courses and pursue research projects reflecting the specialties of the department’s highly distinguished and nationally recognized faculty, including:

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources and Environmental Engineering

Research and Facilities

The College of Engineering has an active research environment with projects sponsored by industry partners, governmental agencies and foundations.

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Professional Development

The College offers a unique professional development program for doctoral students, which reflects Villanova’s commitment to high quality teaching and close attention to the student, as well as development of the whole person.

Courses

Learn more by exploring the Graduate Course Schedule for Civil Engineering and the Graduate Course Schedule for Water Resources and Environmental Engineering.

Joseph Yost, Director of Graduate Studies

STUDENT PERSPECTIVE

Sergio Yanez gives a presentation.

''From the very first day, I learned valuable lessons from my professors and classmates about commitment and dedication as part of the PhD process. Also, as an international student, I was truly blessed to be surrounded by the Villanova community. They always made me feel at home."

Sergio Yanez
Professor, University of Santiago, Chile
Concentration: Civil Engineering

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Stephanie Walkup, graduate of Villanova's doctoral program in engineering.

STEPHANIE WALKUP

Title:  Assistant Teaching Professor, Villanova University

PhD Concentration: Civil Engineering

Research Focus: Long term deflections of reinforced concrete beams subject to sustained loads

 

Michael Pluimer, graduate of Villanova's doctoral program in engineering, works on a project by train tracks.

MICHAEL PLUIMER

Title: Owner, Crossroad Engineering Services and Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota-Duluth

PhD Concentration: Civil Engineering

Research Focus: Sustainable transportation systems

 

Kaitlin Vacca, graduate of Villanova's doctoral program in engineering.

KAITLIN VACCA, PE, LEED AP

Title: Director of Project Delivery, OptiRTC, Inc.

PhD Concentration: Water Resources Engineering

Research Focus: Mesocosm study on the fate and transport of soluble reactive phosphorus (stormwater quality)