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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY Graduate Council NEW Certificate, Concentration, Tack or Degree Program Coordination/Approval Form (Please complete this form and attach any related materials. Forward it as an email attachment to the Secretary of the Graduate Council. A printed copy of the form with signatures should be brought to the Graduate Council Meeting. Title of Program/Certificate, etc: Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Level (Masters/Ph.D.): Ph.D. Please Indicate: __X___ Program ______ Certificate _______ Concentration_____ Description of certificate, concentration or degree program: Please attach a description of the new certificate or concentration. Attach Course Inventory Forms for each new or modified course included in the program. For new degree programs, please attach the SCHEV Program Proposal submission. Please list the contact person for this new certificate, concentration, track or program for incoming students: Dr. Michael Bronzini, Chair, CEIE; 703-993-1675; email@example.com Approval from other units: Please list those units outside of your own who may be affected by this new program. Each of these units must approve this change prior to its being submitted to the Graduate Council for approval. Unit: Head of Unit’s Signature: Date: Unit: Head of Unit’s Signature: Date: Unit: Head of Unit’s Signature: Date: Unit: Head of Unit’s Signature: Date: Submitted by: Aimee Flannery______________________________ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Graduate Council approval: __________________________________ Date: _____________ Graduate Council representative: _______________________________ Date: _____________ Provost Office representative: _________________________________ Date: _____________ Program Approval Proposal form for Public Institutions Page 1 of 27 May 1, 2002 STATE COUNCIL OF HIGHER EDUCATION FOR VIRGINIA PROGRAM PROPOSAL COVER SHEET 1. Institution 2. Program action (Check one): Spin-off proposal ____ New program proposal _X____ George Mason University 3. Title of proposed program 4. CIP code Civil and Infrastructure Engineering 5. Degree designation 6. Term and year of initiation Doctor of Philosophy Fall 2008 7. Term and year of first graduates 8. For community colleges: date approved by local board Spring 2010 9. Date approved by Board of Visitors 10. For community colleges: date approved by State Board for Community Colleges 11. If collaborative or joint program, identify collaborating institution(s) and attach letter(s) of intent/support from corresponding chief academic officers(s) 12. Location of program within institution (complete for every level, as appropriate). If any organizational unit(s) will be new, identify unit(s) and attach a revised organizational chart and a letter requesting an organizational change (see Organizational Changes--hotlink). School(s) or college(s) of __Volgenau School of Information Technology & Engineering Campus (or off-campus site) _Fairfax, VA____________________________ Distance Delivery (web-based, satellite, etc.) _Not Applicable 13. Name, title, telephone number, and e-mail address of person(s) other than the institution’s chief academic officer who may be contacted by or may be expected to contact Council staff regarding this program proposal. Dr. Michael Bronzini, Professor and Chair Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering Volgenau School of Information Technology & Engineering (703) 993-1675 email@example.com Program Approval Proposal form for Public Institutions Page 2 of 27 May 1, 2002 Program Approval Proposal form for Public Institutions Page 3 of 27 May 1, 2002 Description of Proposed Program Introduction The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering of the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering proposes a new doctoral program to meet the needs of our growing student body. Currently, the only options available at George Mason University for students wishing to pursue a terminal degree in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering are the Ph.D. in Information Technology and the Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy. The current programs require students pursuing a concentration in Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering to study disciplines peripheral to the Civil Engineering discipline. Despite this drawback our department has graduated on average two doctoral students per year in the past several years and it is expected to see an increase in this graduation rate with the approval of the proposed Ph.D. in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. The demand for Civil Engineering education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in particular, northern Virginia, has resulted in a constant increase in student enrollment in the CEIE department over the past five years; total enrollment has more than doubled over this period. In addition, the 100% placement annually of students in our internship program (often resulting in more positions than students to fill the demand) points to the demand for Civil Engineers in the workforce. The addition of the proposed Ph.D. in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering will help to attract students wishing to pursue a terminal degree as well as new tenure track faculty who recognize the need for such a degree as a requisite for growing a robust research program. The CEIE Faculty have the expertise in several key areas of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering including infrastructure security, water resources, sustainable design, environmental engineering, transportation engineering, construction engineering and structural engineering to teach a full range of classes to incoming doctoral students. These resources are already in place and faculty have been utilizing these resources to advise and graduate doctoral students through the Ph.D. IT and other doctoral programs available at GMU. Background The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering established the Ph.D. in Information Technology degree in 1985. The initial program was interdisciplinary in scope, and spanned the departments represented at that time in the School. The program has been successful and has attracted students in its interdisciplinary scope. As time went on, concentrations were added to the program to reflect the diversity of departments and curricula in the School. The concentrations provided a useful measure to gauge interest in specific disciplines. As these specific disciplines grew in interest, three spinoff Ph.D. programs, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Statistical Science were created. The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering was initially housed within the Department of Systems Engineering and became an independent unit in 1996 as the Urban Systems Engineering Program directly under the Dean of the School of Information Technology and Engineering. In 1998, the Program was elevated to department status with the name Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering. The Department has seen a consistent growth in both students and faculty members since the name change and as of fall 2007 has an undergraduate and graduate student body of over 270 students and a faculty of eight tenured and tenure-track faculty and 14 adjunct faculty members. The CEIE department offers the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (CIE) as well as two graduate certificates. To date, doctoral degrees have been awarded to our students through the Ph.D. in Information Technology with a concentration in Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering (CEIE) administered by the Volgenau School, and through the Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy administered by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Science. The purpose of this proposal is to create a new Ph.D. degree in CIE that would be administrated by the faculty of the CEIE department. Upon acceptance of this proposal, it is presumed that the CIE concentration of the IT Ph.D. of the Volgenau School would end, and students currently enrolled in that concentration would be offered the opportunity to switch to the new Ph.D. program in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering or be allowed to complete their studies through the Ph.D. in IT program. The academic requirements of the new Ph.D. in CIE have been prepared and submitted for approval by the Graduate Council. Justification for the Proposed Program The proposed Ph.D. in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering is needed for the following reasons: (1) Recruitment of students from within our undergraduate program or from outside institutions is difficult. Civil Engineering is a very mature discipline of study that is not often thought of in terms of Information Technology. With the only option currently available to civil engineering students of the Volgenau School being the Ph.D. in Information Technology, many of our students have elected to study elsewhere and it is difficult to quantify the number of students from outside institutions who have rejected applying for such a degree when seeking Civil Engineering education. The term “information technology” often brings to mind information systems, databases, artificial intelligence, advanced programming systems, and e-commerce. While civil engineers certainly use these technologies on a regular basis, without reference to their application to the civil engineering domain the degree is not as well recognized. (2) Civil engineering graduates of the Ph.D. in IT program have difficulty being competitive for faculty positions at other institutions, as their Mason degree is viewed as not being compatible with traditional civil engineering. Most faculty position announcements specify a Ph.D. in civil engineering as the preferred credential. (3) With the approval of this proposal, the CEIE department will be able to offer and administer a terminal degree thereby improving our ability to recruit, assess, and admit students we feel will excel in our program. (4) With our growing undergraduate and graduate student body, the CEIE department has undertaken several faculty searches in the past few years. Without a terminal degree offered through our department it is difficult to recruit new faculty who recognize the importance of doctoral students to grow the research and professional sides of our department. With this new degree, we are confident that new opportunities will emerge to grow and improve our department. The greater Washington metropolitan area provides numerous opportunities for graduates of a Ph.D. in CIE. Numerous government laboratories in the area currently employ professionals with advanced degrees in civil engineering and will benefit from the additional graduates that are expected to complete our program. The faculty of CEIE has developed working and academic relationships with a variety of government agencies and laboratories such as the Federal Highway Administration’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center and the Army Corps of Engineers. The proximity to the federal government makes Mason well-positioned to be a major provider of employees in civil engineering. In addition, with the continued growth of the land development sector in northern Virginia, there is a need for graduates with advanced degrees to analyze and interpret the impact on the infrastructure system and environment that underpins the ever-expanding development along the east coast of the country. Admission Requirements All general Mason and specific Volgenau School admission requirements will continue to apply to all applicants to the Ph.D. in CIE. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.00 or master’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.50. Students applying for the Ph.D. program typically have completed either a BS or MS degree in civil engineering, environmental science, or related technical areas. Students without a BS or MS in civil engineering are required to show proficiency at the undergraduate level in hydraulics, construction management, structural mechanics, environmental engineering, and transportation engineering. In addition, all applicants, including Mason undergraduates, must submit the following: Official transcript of undergraduate and graduate course work Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official TOEFL results showing a minimum score of 575 for paper based, or 230 for computer based. A minimum score of 600 for paper based or 250 for computer based is required for students who wish to be considered for a graduate teaching assistantship Three letters of recommendation, with at least two from individuals with doctorates Recent resume Substantial statement of interest that includes a description of specific area of proposed dissertation research, contacts they have made with potential faculty advisors, and an explanation of career and research goals Official results of the GRE General Test are recommended for students with BS or MS degrees obtained outside the U.S. Applicants will be encouraged to schedule an interview with the graduate coordinator or faculty member in their proposed area of research. Admission decisions will be based on the student’s qualifications and the availability of a faculty advisor. The application material will be reviewed by the department doctoral committee and decisions made with input from appropriate faculty members. Curriculum Coursework The doctoral program requires a minimum of 72 graduate credits beyond the bachelor's degree. Of these 72 credit hours, 24 credits are required of dissertation research. Students entering the program with a MS degree in Civil Engineering will be required to complete a minimum of 48 credit hours including the following: 24 credits of coursework including o A minimum of 3 credits of statistics or operations research at the 500-level or above o 21 credits of CEIE courses numbered 600 or higher. At least 9 of the 21 credit hours must be numbered 700 or higher. No more than 6 credits of individualized reading courses are allowed. Course substitutions must be approved by both the Doctoral Dissertation Director and the CEIE department Chair. o A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required and no C grades are allowed in these 24 credits A minimum of 12 credits of CEIE 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal A minimum of 12 credits of CEIE 999 Doctoral Dissertation Students entering the program without a MS degree in Civil Engineering will be required to complete an additional 24 credits of master level courses including: 9 credits of fundamental Civil and Infrastructure Engineering courses including: CEIE 601 Infrastructure Modeling, CEIE 605 Infrastructure Systems Analysis, CEIE 685 Civil Engineering Information Management An additional 15 credit hours of CEIE coursework at the 500-level or higher A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required and no C grades are allowed for these 24 credits Students entering the program without a BS or MS degree in Civil Engineering Students will be required to show proficiency at the undergraduate level in hydraulics, construction management, structural mechanics, environmental engineering, and transportation engineering. Example Schedule for Full-Time Student The following is an example schedule for a full-time student pursing a Ph.D. in CIE. The proposed schedule would include studies in the transportation area. In the proposed schedule, the student is enrolled full-time and pursuing 6-9 credit hours per semester. Year 1 Fall Semester CEIE 670 Civil Engineering Decision Methods and Tools (3 credits) CEIE 762 Transportation Systems Planning Models (3 credits) CEIE 610 Construction Systems & Management (3 credits) Year 1 Spring Semester CEIE 663 Intelligent Transportation Systems (3 credits) CEIE 686 Transportation System Security and Safety (3 credits) PUBP 723 Metropolitan Transportation Policy (3 credits) Student would sit for Qualifying Exams prior to start of 2nd year of study. Assuming he or she passed, their plan of study would continue as follows. Year 2 Fall Semester STAT 554 Applied Statistics (3 credits) CEIE 767 Traffic Engineering Modeling and Analysis (3 credits) CEIE 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (3 credits) Year 2 Spring Semester CEIE 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (9 credits) Student would submit and defend his or her dissertation proposal at the end of the spring semester. Assuming the student successfully passed the dissertation proposal defense and research competency exam, the student would begin his or her doctoral dissertation research in the fall of his or her third year of study. Year 3 Fall Semester CEIE 999 Doctoral Dissertation (6 credits) Year 3 Spring Semester CEIE 999 Doctoral Dissertation (6 credits) Student would submit and defend his or her dissertation at the end of the spring semester. Assuming the student successfully passed the doctoral dissertation, he or she would be expected to graduate at the end of three years. However, the student could also need additional time to complete their dissertation and simply take additional credits of CEIE 999 as needed. Qualifying Exams Qualifying exams will be offered twice a year prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters. The qualifying exam is intended to test the student’s familiarity with concepts presented at the MS level or post-BS level and to serve as guidance for the dissertation director to help shape the student’s course work needs at the Ph.D. level. Students entering with an MS degree must take the qualifying exam upon completion of 18 credit hours of study. Students entering without an MS degree must take the qualifying exam upon completion of 24 credit hours. The qualifying exam consists of a written exam taken in an eight hour period, and an oral interview attended by an examining committee of at least five of the CEIE Faculty. The qualifying exam may be repeated once. A student failing the qualifying exam twice will be removed from the program. The qualifying exam includes information from the following focus areas: Area A: Water & Environmental Engineering Area B: Information Technology & Computing in Civil Engineering Area C: Construction Engineering and Management Area D: Land Development Engineering Area E: Transportation Engineering Area F: Infrastructure & Security Engineering Area G: Structural Engineering Prior to the exam, students are required to select two focus areas for examination. Ph.D. in IT and Engineer Degree in IT candidates who wish to transfer to the CIE Ph.D. program who have successfully completed two qualifying exams based on CEIE courses are not required to take the CEIE qualifying exam. Dissertation Committee A dissertation committee is recommended to be formed within the first semester following successful completion of the qualifying exams. The dissertation committee is to consist of the dissertation director from the CEIE department, two or more faculty members from the CEIE department and at least one committee member from outside the CEIE department. At least three members of the committee are to be members of the Mason graduate faculty. The composition of the dissertation committee must be approved by the CEIE department chair and the Volgenau School Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. Research Competency Exam, Dissertation Proposal Defense Students may not schedule their dissertation proposal defense (research competency exam) before successful completion of the qualifying exam. Upon completing all course work and successfully passing the qualifying exam, students are to present their written dissertation proposal to their dissertation committee. The dissertation proposal defense includes a written proposal and presentation of the intended direction of the dissertation research. The dissertation proposal defense is not to include completed research, as the dissertation committee is to use the dissertation proposal defense to provide input and guidance to the student prior to beginning dissertation research. The dissertation proposal defense is also an opportunity for dissertation committee members to examine the student’s knowledge in higher-level course work and familiarity with existing and emerging research related to the student’s research area. The exam is administered by the student’s dissertation committee and must be attended by all dissertation committee members and the department chair. In preparation for the dissertation proposal defense, the student shall prepare a written dissertation proposal outlining the intended direction of the research and the review of existing research previously published on the topic. The dissertation proposal shall be submitted to the dissertation committee for review at least two weeks prior to the dissertation proposal defense date. The dissertation proposal is then presented by the student as part of the research competency exam. If a student fails the competency exam, the student may request to take the exam again through a formal written request to the doctoral dissertation director within 60 days of receiving notice of the exam result. If the student fails the competency exam and does not request to take the exam again within 60 days of the original date, the student will be dismissed from the Ph.D. program. After successful completion of this requirement the student is formally admitted as a Ph.D. candidate. Teaching Requirement As one of the characteristics of a good researcher and scholar is to be able to express ideas and concepts to a broader audience in a clear manner, each doctoral candidate will be required to organize and deliver a series of lectures and recitations in the CEIE department to undergraduate students. Working with his or her doctoral dissertation advisor, the candidate will gain experience in the classroom that will benefit the student should he or she decide to pursue an academic career or advanced research career. Dissertation Research and Defense Upon successful completion of the dissertation proposal, students are to conduct research under the guidance of their dissertation director and dissertation committee members. Students are not to schedule their dissertation defense sooner than two semesters after a successful proposal defense. During the dissertation research period, students must present their research at least once in the form of a departmental seminar. The dissertation must represent achievement in research, must be a significant contribution to the field of civil engineering, and should be deemed publishable in refereed journals. When the majority of the research has been completed, the candidate is to submit a written draft dissertation to the doctoral dissertation committee and schedule an oral pre-defense with the doctoral dissertation committee. The pre-defense is to be attended by the doctoral dissertation committee and the department chair. A final public oral defense may be scheduled no sooner than one month after the conclusion of the predefense which will allow for a minimum of two weeks to advertise the defense. The final defense is to be attended by the doctoral dissertation committee and the department chair. Upon successful completion of the oral defense, students must submit a final publishable dissertation that meets the guidelines specified by the Guide for Preparing Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Projects. If the student fails to defend the dissertation successfully, the student may request a second defense following the same procedures as the initial defense. There is no time limit for this request, other than the general time limits for the doctoral degree as per Mason policy. An additional pre-defense is not required; however, the student is strongly advised to consult with the committee before scheduling the second defense. If the student fails on the second attempt to defend the dissertation, the student will be dismissed from the Ph.D. program. Following a successful public defense and completion of the final form of the dissertation, the dissertation committee recommends the candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Faculty CEIE currently has eight tenured and tenure-track faculty. Their areas of research expertise are given below. A short biography for each faculty member is provided at the end of this document. Michael Bronzini, Ph.D., P.E., Professor and Chair Freight Systems, Infrastructure Security, and Transportation Planning Tomasz Arciszewski, Ph.D., Professor Structural Engineering and Artificial Intelligence Mark Houck, Ph.D., P.E., Professor Water Resources and Environmental Systems Sharon deMonsabert, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Design Aimee Flannery, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor Highway Safety and Operations Mohan Venigalla, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor Air Quality and Transportation Planning Michael Casey, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor Construction Management Girum Urgessa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Structural Engineering and Security Learning Outcomes Through the doctoral program, students will demonstrate their advanced knowledge of topics related to both their specialty area within Civil and Infrastructure Engineering and also areas such as statistics and operations research which most will utilize in the preparation of their doctoral dissertations. Students will undergo a series of benchmarks in which their knowledge is demonstrated through written exams, oral exams, and preparation of research reports for publication in peer-reviewed journals and publications. Within 24 credit hours of enrollment into the Ph.D. program, students are required to sit for a series of qualifying exams that will test their ability to analyze data and recall methodologies and approaches to solving engineering problems. Upon successful completion of qualifying exams, students will begin to develop their area of study for their doctoral dissertation. Before fully committing to a particular topic area or research approach, students will be required to defend their dissertation proposals to a committee of no fewer than five members of the faculty. The dissertation proposal defense will also include an oral examination of the student’s research competency to ensure that the student has the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the proposed dissertation research. After successful completion of the dissertation research, each student will be required to publish the dissertation with the University Library system and present the dissertation research at a public presentation attended by the doctoral committee as well. All of these benchmarks have been created to ensure that the student emerge from the program an expert in the student’s chosen field and will contribute to the advancement of the Civil and Infrastructure Engineering discipline. The aforementioned benchmarks will be used to assess not only the success of individual students within the proposed Ph.D. in CIE, but can also be used to assess the overall success of the proposed program. Additional measures of success include the ability to attract top-rated students who can successfully complete the proposed Ph.D. program in CIE. Over the past five years the faculty of the CEIE department at GMU have served as dissertation directors for many students who have graduated with doctoral degrees. Graduates of the Ph.D. in IT program are all gainfully employed with advanced research laboratories, universities, and the government. Currently faculty members are working with twenty students enrolled in doctoral studies. These students would presumably move to the Ph.D. in CIE if the proposal is approved. The success of the program will lay in the ability of faculty to attract students to the program, to grow research expenditures, and to place graduates from the program in prominent positions within industry and academia. Growth in Ph.D. graduates over the past nine years of existence of the CEIE department demonstrates the demand for the program. However, progress will continue to be tracked with the acceptance of the proposed program. In addition, the CEIE department benefits from an advisory board of industry leaders within the Civil Engineering Institute which helped to establish the CEIE department. The Civil Engineering Institute has actively contributed to our understanding of the changing landscape of the Civil Engineering industry through various on-going surveys, and we will continue to utilize the Institute’s Board of Directors’ expertise to capitalize on emerging research needs and monitoring of the satisfaction of employers with the graduates of our program. Each student will demonstrate specific outcomes including: The ability to model and analyze complex civil engineering systems and concepts The ability to discover new and innovative solutions and successfully apply them to complex civil engineering systems The ability to explain and teach students civil engineering theories and concepts The ability to present and publish research ideas in national and international conferences and refereed journals Assessment The CEIE department successfully completed accreditation by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) of the undergraduate program in the summer of 2007. Though the graduate programs are not subject to ABET accreditation, the same tools utilized to track student performance and assess the overall delivery of the program will be utilized for the proposed Ph.D. program. In addition, the CEIE department is scheduled to complete an academic program review of our M.S. degree by the George Mason University Office of Institutional Assessment in the fall of 2007. The review takes three semesters to complete and requires a self-assessment report, an academic plan and proposed changes to be made to enhance the program to be written by faculty who deliver the program. In addition, a report by an external review team is to be submitted. These internal assessments will be utilized to improve the proposed Ph.D. program in future years. Expansion of an Existing Program This is an expansion of an existing program. Currently the only option available to students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering is the Ph.D. in IT with a concentration in CEIE. Existing CEIE courses will serve students course requirements and the addition of the proposed CEIE 998 and 999 will satisfy the doctoral dissertation requirement: CEIE 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (1-12:0:0) Formal record of commitment to doctoral dissertation research under direction of faculty member in Civil Engineering. May be repeated as needed. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of doctoral dissertation proposal (CEIE 998) and 12 credits of dissertation research (CEIE 999). No more than 24 credit hours of CEIE 998 and 999 may be applied to doctoral degree requirements. CEIE 999 Doctoral Dissertation (1-12:0:0) Prerequisite: admission to candidacy. Formal record of commitment to doctoral dissertation research under direction of faculty member in Civil Engineering. May be repeated as needed. Students must complete minimum of 12 credits of doctoral dissertation proposal (CEIE 998) and 12 credits of dissertation research (CEIE 999). No more than 24 credits can be applied to doctoral degree requirements. Students cannot enroll in CEIE 999 before their research proposal is accepted and approved by the dissertation committee. Students currently enrolled in the Ph.D. in IT with a concentration in CEIE will be allowed to transfer to the proposed Ph.D. in CIE. Students who have not yet taken qualifying exams will simply need to request a change in degree program from the Ph.D. in IT to the Ph.D. in CIE. Students who have taken qualifying exams will need to demonstrate proficiency in Civil Engineering. For many, this may already have been accomplished if they sat for and passed two of their four qualifying exams for the Ph.D. in IT in Civil Engineering topics. For students who wish to change to the Ph.D. in CIE but did not sit for and pass two Civil Engineering qualifying exams, they will need to sit for and pass the newly established Civil Engineering qualifying exams as described above. Course requirements for students in the Ph.D. in IT and the Ph.D. in CIE are similar, with the exception that students currently in the Ph.D. in IT will need to include a 500-level or above Statistics course in order to satisfy the requirements of the proposed Ph.D. in CIE. Upon approval of the Ph.D. in CIE, the Ph.D. in IT with a concentration in CEIE will no longer be available to new incoming students, instead these students will be considered for acceptance into the Ph.D. in CIE program. Collaborative or Standalone Program? The proposed degree is a standalone program. No other institution of higher education, nor any business or industry is involved in the development or operation. Institutions in the Commonwealth Offering Similar Programs The Commonwealth of Virginia only has two universities currently offering Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering: The University of Virginia and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). With the approval of the proposed Ph.D. in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University, a new degree would be offered to students in the Commonwealth, but more importantly give students in northern Virginia an opportunity to pursue doctoral studies in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. The current graduate program in the CEIE department has attracted many students from the public and private sector and has created on-site graduate programs at government agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers. Our offering of classes after 4:30 pm also makes our program attractive to full-time working professionals. The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech offer Ph.D. programs in Civil Engineering. Enrollment statistics are as follows according to the latest SCHEV Enrollment Report: University of Virginia Virginia Tech Year FTE Graduates FTE Graduates 1998-1999 13.0 4 57.3 9 1999-2000 14.5 3 53.0 13 2000-2001 16.2 4 60.0 17 2001-2002 22.7 3 60.5 16 2002-2003 24.6 2 67.0 13 2003-2004 28.0 6 79.9 14 2004-2005 24.3 6 88.8 10 Table 1 FTE and Graduation Totals for Comparable Degree Programs in the Commonwealth Evidence that the Commonwealth Needs the Program and Employer Demand for Graduates The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the demand for Civil Engineers will increase over the next decade by approximately 9-17 percent and those Civil Engineers specializing in environmental engineering (a specialty area of Civil Engineering) are expected to see higher than average growth rates in jobs with expected employment growth exceeding 27 percent in the next decade. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004) With the need for more Civil Engineers, there is an anticipated increase also in faculty to instruct these additional students. Perhaps due to this forthcoming increased need for Civil Engineers, our department has experienced a steady increase in student enrollment over the past several years with a near 20 percent increase in enrollment between fall 2006 and fall 2007 in the CIE program. Evidence of Student Demand A survey was conducted of our current students (both undergraduate and graduate) and a few of our alumni to determine what demand there may be for the proposed Ph.D. in CIE. Through conversations with our existing Ph.D. in IT students, most faculty members have reported that these current students are anxious for the proposed Ph.D. in CIE to be approved so they can change over to the new program. As stated earlier, in the Civil Engineering discipline, a Ph.D. in IT is not well recognized and many of our students, while wanting to stay on at Mason, would prefer to have their degree reflect their studies in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. The purpose of the survey was to gauge the reaction of our students to the proposed Ph.D. in CIE. The surveys were e-mailed to students through our list-serve and some were distributed in person. A total of 91 surveys were completed and returned. Of those surveyed, 56 students said they would be interested in applying or enrolling in the Ph.D. in CIE program. Of those, the majority (30 students) would elect to pursue the program as a part-time student. The overwhelming majority (86 students) live in Virginia and intend to stay in the area for the next 3- 4 years (82 students). In addition, in a reflection of our student body, nearly 75 percent are currently employed, reflecting their desire for part-time pursuit of advanced studies. Overall the results are promising and demonstrate the desire of our current student population to have a terminal degree in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering available to them. The results are show below. Students were also asked to provide written comments that are included at the end of the survey questions and results. No YES NO Response 1. Would you be interested in applying or enrolling in a Ph.D. in Civil & Infrastructure Engineering? (If no, skip to question 3) 56 33 2 FULL- PART- TIME TIME NOT SURE 2. If yes, would you prefer to attend the program on a full-time or part-time basis? 13 30 13 YES NO 3. Have you ever applied to an institution offering a similar program? 4 82 If so, which program, at which school? Norwich University VA Tech YES NO 4. Are you currently attending George Mason University? 88 2 If so, in what program? BS-CEIE - 42 MS-CEIE - 44 PhD-IT - 3 SEOR - 1 No YES NO Response 5a. FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY IN MASON PHD PROGRAMS: If this program had been available when you initially applied to Mason, 2 0 1 would you have applied for admission to it? YES NO MAYBE FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR A 5b. PHD PROGRAM IN THE FUTURE: If this program becomes available when 45 9 2 you apply to Mason, will you apply for admission to it? YES NO 5c. FOR STUDENTS WHO LEFT MASON TO PURSUE EDUCATION ELSEWHERE: If this program had been available when you completed 5 3 your current program, would you have applied for admission? YES NO 5d. FOR STUDENTS WHO LEFT MASON BUT HAVE NOT PURSUED FURTHER EDUCATION: If this program had been available when you 7 3 completed your current program, would you have applied for admission? Virginia Maryland DC 6. In which state do you currently live? 86 2 1 YES NO 7. Do you plan to live in this state for the next three or four years? 82 9 No YES NO Response 8. Are you currently employed? (If no, skip to question 14) 68 22 1 Virginia Maryland DC R 9. If you are employed, please identify the state in which you work. 60 2 5 FULL- PART- No TIME TIME Response 10. If you are employed, are you employed full-time or part-time? 35 32 1 No YES NO Response If you are employed, would the proposed program help you in your 11. work? 40 26 2 Comments Provided by Students’ Surveyed While I am not interested in the PhD program myself, I think it is still a good idea. I am currently an undergrad hoping to enroll in the MS program in the future. After MS I am determined to go onto PhD, but for that I would have to switch universities if Mason does not offer it by that time. It is very inconvenient that Mason does not offer it. I think that the Masters and the PhD programs need to provide more options (classes) in Structural as well as Geotechnical engineering. Great idea, just not for me. I think the program would be good. I just have no plans at this time to get my PhD. This would greatly enhance my credentials in my area of expertise. Should have program that has civil with its focus. Please keep students updated on the progress of this. What disciplines within civil engineering would be available for study? I might be interested in applying to this program further into the future. I would like to focus on my career for now. Let's build a great reputation for our BS and MS programs first. After that we can worry about a PhD program. Program seems good but I do not plan to get my PhD. Great idea, but not for me most likely. Interested, but not for a long time. Offering the PhD program will give options for us Virginians in the DC metro area to have access to an in-state school. I feel a PhD program can only help George Mason University. This university has drastically improved, time to take it to the next level. I believe this would be a great asset to the area (region), and due to the growth of the CEIE program, almost a necessity. Personally, I don't plan to attend a PhD program in CEIE but everything new is important and beneficial for society. This is a great idea. Just completing b/c numbers count…I'm non-degree, and not an engineer. Projected Resource Needs Full-time Faculty The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering faculty members have a wide variety of expertise within the Civil Engineering discipline and the ability to teach courses in the proposed program. The faculty offer these existing courses through the Ph.D. in IT and as a result, we do not anticipate needing to increase the faculty size to launch the Ph.D. in CIE. However, with the continued growth in our student body, we are anticipating the need to continue to grow the faculty to meet the needs of the increased demand for our undergraduate and graduate programs. If the projected student FTEs are met for the proposed program this would imply the need to increase the faculty size to meet student demand. Part-time Faculty The proposed program does not require any increase in part-time faculty. Adjunct Faculty The proposed program does not require any increase in adjunct faculty. Graduate Assistants Support of graduate assistants in the form of graduate assistantships is an essential component of a successful Ph.D. program. Graduate assistants often serve as graduate teaching assistants and graduate research assistants. Both the students and the faculty benefit from the inclusion of graduate assistants in the department. Students benefit through financial and tuition support, and by gaining research and teaching experience. Faculty benefit through their increased productivity with the inclusion of doctoral students in their research and teaching areas. Existing assistantships for the proposed Ph.D. in CIE are anticipated to include: Graduate research assistantships funded by sponsored research. On average, the CEIE faculty support four to five students annually. Through the proposed program, it is anticipated that faculty will be able to support eight to nine students annually within five years. Graduate teaching assistantships. Due to increased undergraduate enrollments, the CEIE department has seen an increase in the allocated teaching assistantships to six in the current academic year. It is anticipated that with our continued growth, within five years the number of teaching assistantships will increase to 10-12 students. It is anticipated that teaching assistantships will be used in the first year of a student’s doctoral program to allow them to determine their research interests. Graduate research assistantships funded by the school. The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering provides new tenure track faculty with a new two-year GRA position. Given the anticipated continued growth in the CIE program, it is anticipated that an additional such position will be created in the next five years. Presidential Scholar’s Award. The Office of the Provost will provide one new three-year Presidential Scholar’s Award to the program to recruit highly qualified students. This award will generate one new assistantship each year over the next five years. Classified Positions The Department of CEIE currently employs one full-time classified staff member. It is anticipated that the time required to administer the proposed program will be less than 10% of the full-time classified staff person’s work week. Targeted Financial Aid No targeted financial aid will be offered for the proposed program. Equipment New full-time faculty will require a computer and office furniture. Library Current journal subscriptions are adequate to support the proposed program. Telecommunications Any new full-time faculty will require phone hardware and services. Space No new space is required to initiate and operate the program. Other Resources New full-time faculty will receive start up funds. SUMMARY OF PROJECTED ENROLLMENTS IN PROPOSED PROGRAM Projected enrollment: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Target Year 2008 - 2009 2009 - 2010 2010 - 2011 2011 - 2012 2012 – 2013 HDCT FTES HDCT FTES HDCT FTES HDCT FTES HDCT FTES GRAD 18 10 22 13 25 15 28 17 29 17 9 Definitions: HDCT—fall headcount enrollment FTES—annual full-time equated student enrollment GRADS—annual number of graduates of the proposed program Assumptions: 90% Retention 40% Full time students/ 60% Part time students Full time students taking 9 credit hours Part time student taking 4.5 credit hours Full time students graduate in 4 years Part time students graduate in 6 years PROJECTED RESOURCE NEEDS FOR PROPOSED PROGRAM Part A: Answer the following questions about general budget information. Has or will the institution submit an addendum budget request to cover one-time costs? Yes_____ No_X__ Has or will the institution submit an addendum budget request to cover operating costs? Yes_____ No__X__ Will there be any operating budget requests for this program that would exceed normal operating budget guidelines (for example, unusual faculty mix, faculty salaries, or resources)? Yes_____ No__X__ Will each type of space for the proposed program be within projected guidelines? Yes__X__ No_____ Will a capital outlay request in support of this program be forthcoming? Yes_____ No__X__ Part B: Fill in the number of FTE positions needed for the program. Program Initiation Year Total Expected by Target Enrollment Year 2008-2009 2012-2013 Ongoing and Reallocated Added (new) Added* Total FTE Positions Full-time Faculty 0.00 0.00 1.00 1.00 Part-time Faculty 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Adjunct Faculty 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Graduate Assistants 6.00 1.00 4.00 11.0 Classified Positions 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Total 6.00 1.00 5.00 12.00 *Added after program initiation year Part C: Estimated $$ resources to initiate and operate the program. Total Expected by Target Enrollment Year Program Initiation Year 2008-2009 2012-2013 Ongoing & Added (New) Added Total Resources Reallocated Full-time Faculty Salaries $0 $0 $90,000 $90,000 Fringe Benefits $0 $0 $24,885 $24,885 Part-time Faculty Salaries $0 $0 $0 $0 Fringe Benefits $0 $0 $0 $0 Adjunct Faculty Salaries $0 $0 $0 $0 Fringe Benefits $0 $0 $0 $0 Graduate Assistants Salaries $114,000 $30,000 $141,000 $285,000 Fringe $0 $0 $ $ Classified Positions Salaries $0 $0 $0 $0 Fringe $0 $0 $0 $0 Total Personnel Costs Salaries $114,000 $30,000 $141,000 $375,000 Fringe $0 $0 $24,885 $24,885 TOTAL Personnel Costs Equipment $0 $0 $5,000 $5,000 Library $0 $0 $0 $0 Telecommunication Costs $0 $0 $1,000 $1,000 TOTAL $114,000 $30,000 $171,885 $405,885 Part D: Certification Statement(s) The institution will require additional state funding to initiate and sustain this program. _____ Yes _______________________________________________ Signature of Chief Academic Officer __X__ No _______________________________________________ Signature of Chief Academic Officer If “no,” please complete Items 1, 2, and 3 below. 1. Estimated $$ and funding source to initiate and operate the program. Program initiation year Target enrollment year Funding Source 2008 - 2009 2012 – 2013 Reallocation within the $0 $42,000 department or school (Note below the impact this will have within the school or department.) Reallocation within the $30,000 $90,000 institution (Note below the impact this will have within the school or department.) Other funding sources $0 $0 (Please specify and note if these are currently available or anticipated.) 2. Statement of Impact/Other Funding Sources. The Office of the Provost’s three-year Presidential Scholar’s Award is anticipated to be awarded to a deserving Ph.D. in CIE student each year worth an estimated $30,000. By the target year 2012-2013, the provost’s commitment of Presidential Scholar’s award will be $90,000 per year. The anticipated increase costs associated with new faculty will only be incurred if increases in enrollment are achieved. Reallocation of teaching and research assistants will be made as appropriate to support incoming doctoral students. No additional resources will be sought from the Commonwealth of Virginia. 3. Secondary Certification. If resources are reallocated from another unit to support this proposal, the institution will not subsequently request additional state funding to restore those resources for their original purpose. _____ Agree _______________________________________________ Signature of Chief Academic Officer _____ Disagree _______________________________________________ Signature of Chief Academic Officer Faculty Biographies Michael, Bronzini, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Department Chair and Dewberry Chair Dr. Bronzini has been conducting research on transportation systems since 1970. His current research interests include intelligent transportation systems, national transportation networks and inter-modal systems, inland waterways, transportation cost and performance models, and sustainable transportation systems and communities. He has produced more than 180 papers, reports, and presentations about his research. He was appointed the first holder of the Dewberry Chair in the School of Information Technology and Engineering at George Mason University in August 1999, where he is continuing his career in research and teaching, with a focus on innovative solutions to complex multi-modal transportation systems problems. From 1990 to 1999 Dr. Bronzini was Director of the Center for Transportation Analysis at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, overseeing an interdisciplinary transportation research program with annual expenditures of $12.5 million. He was also Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Tennessee. From 1986 to 1990, Dr. Bronzini was Professor and Head of Civil Engineering at Penn State University. Dr. Bronzini went to Penn State from The University of Tennessee, where he was Director of the Transportation Center and Professor of Civil Engineering. Prior to that he was manager of the Transportation Analysis Group at CACI, Inc., a management consulting firm in Arlington, Virginia. Earlier positions were Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Research Assistant at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Bronzini holds the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Penn State and a B.S. degree from Stanford University, all in Civil Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer and is a member of the Transportation Research Board, where he has served on numerous committees and panels. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and several other societies. In 1982, he was the national president of the Transportation Research Forum. Tomasz Arciszewski, Ph.D., Professor Dr. Arciszewski is currently involved in two areas of research: evolutionary design and infrastructure security. In the first area he investigates various design paradigms, utilizing both single- and multi-population evolution. His studies are in the context of a large class of engineering design and planning problems, including structural design and homeland security. In the second area, infrastructure security, he works on the development of a conceptual and computational foundation for building tools for co-evolutionary design for blast of steel structural systems. This research involves studies of behavior under blast of steel frames with various types of connections. Presently, the research of Dr. Arciszewski is supported mainly by grants from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He has also received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the NASA Langley Research Center, from various state funding organizations, and from manufacturing companies, including Daimler Chrysler Corporation. Dr. Arciszewski has published more than one hundred thirty research and technical articles in various journals, books, and conference proceedings. He is also an inventor, with patents in the areas of tall buildings and spaces structures, obtained in three countries (Canada, Poland, USA). In the professional arena, Dr. Arciszewski is active in the American Society of Civil Engineers, where he recently served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Council on Computing and Information Technology. He currently chairs the Executive Committee of the ASCE Global Center of Excellence in Computing, which has members on all continents. The Center is focused on the development of educational materials on computing in civil engineering for worldwide distribution (the first five teaching modules are available for downloading at (www.asceglobalcenter.org) and is planning to conduct various international research projects. He also serves as a corresponding member on the ASCE International Activities Committee, which mission is to plan and organize international activities for the entire Society. Also, he is a corresponding member of the ASCE Body of Knowledge II Committee, which develops the definition of the civil engineering body of knowledge as the necessary and sufficient knowledge to practice civil engineering. Within this Committee, he is active with three sub-committees, including those on globalization, design, and history and heritage. At George Mason University, Dr. Arciszewski teaches courses in the areas of structural engineering and of design and inventive engineering. He has graduated seven Ph.D. students, including two at George Mason University. Dr. Arciszewski earned his B. Sc. and M. Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) in Structural Engineering in 1970, and his PhD. in Technical Sciences in 1975, all from the Warsaw University of Technology. Before joining George Mason University in 1994, he was an Associate Professor at Wayne State University for 10 years. Prior to 1984, he held teaching positions at the University of Nigeria (Department of Civil Engineering) and at the Warsaw University of Technology (Department of Metal Structures). He has a formal background in the areas of structural engineering and mechanics with hands-on design experience in steel space structures and in general structural engineering gained in Poland and Switzerland. In 2004, Dr. Arciszewski received the "ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award." Last year, he received the "2006 Intelligent Computing in Engineering Award" from the European Group for Intelligent Computing in Civil Engineering during an international conference in Ascona, Switzerland. Mark Houck, Ph.D., P.E., Professor Dr. Houck was appointed Professor of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University in 1992. He is also an Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research, and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Previously, he held faculty appointments in Civil Engineering at the University of Washington at Seattle (1976-78), and Purdue University (1978-91); and visiting faculty appointments at The Johns Hopkins University (1989-90), and Heriot-Watt University in Scotland (2003). In the private sector, he has served as an officer of two firms specializing in water resources engineering. Dr. Houck is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a Diplomat of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, and was awarded the Huber Research Prize by ASCE. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, a registered Professional Engineer, and a Professional Hydrologist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering science (BES) and a doctor’s degree in environmental engineering (PhD) from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Houck’s research and teaching interests include water and environmental systems engineering. He has taught courses on statistics and probability; environmental economics; systems analysis and engineering; mathematical modeling (optimization and simulation) of complex engineering systems; operations research; urban systems engineering; and all aspects of water management and engineering, including hydrology, hydraulics, and water resources. His most recent research work has been in the area of water and wastewater infrastructure security. Sharon deMonsabert, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor Dr. deMonsabert received the B.S. from the University of Maryland in 1979, and the Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1982, both in Civil Engineering. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Waterworks Association, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Water Environment Foundation, and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). She is a faculty mentor for the student post of SAME. Dr. deMonsabert is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of California. She is the owner of Applied Engineering Management Corporation and has been on the faculty of George Mason University (GMU) since 1993. She currently serves as a representative to the faculty senate and athletic council. She is also a Bachelor of Individualized Studies mentor. Dr. deMonsabert’s broad research interests include environmental systems analysis, engineering management, water quality modeling, technical entrepreneurship, and sustainable development. She developed a certificate program for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called Technical Entrepreneurship in the Federal Government. Aimee Flannery, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor Dr. Aimee Flannery is a transportation engineer specializing in highway operations, level of service analysis and safety analysis. Dr. Flannery has 14 years of research and teaching experience in traffic engineering and geometric design, safety analysis, and qualitative research. She is currently a Member of the TRB’s Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee, and serves as the Chair Quality of Service Task Force. Dr. Flannery has conducted research in the area of highway operational analysis, urban street performance modeling, multi-modal quality of service/level of service, identification of performance measures, survey methods, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and safety performance and analysis. Dr. Flannery earned her BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University and her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a registered engineer in the State of Michigan. Dr. Flannery is currently serving as the Principal Investigator for George Mason University on NCHRP 3-70, Multimodal Level of Service Analysis for Urban Streets. Through her role as Principal Investigator for George Mason University, Dr. Flannery has experience in project management, developing large scale data collection plans, coordinating large teams of researchers and students, database development, statistical modeling and analysis, data analysis and report writing. Dr. Flannery also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems. Mohan Venigalla, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor Mohan Venigalla brings over 18 years of industry, research and teaching experience to Mason's programs. Prior to joining Mason, Dr. Venigalla most recently served as a Senior Transportation Systems Engineer in Wilbur Smith Associates Transportation Modeling Group, located in Columbia, SC. Dr. Venigalla earned his doctorate from the University of Tennessee in 1994. Dr. Venigalla was the 1991 Student of the Year, as awarded by the US Department of Transportation. In 1996, he received the Pyke Johnson Award from the National Research Council for the best research paper in transportation planning. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Venigalla served as a Transportation Systems Engineer at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA, working in both the ITS and Air Quality groups. Dr. Venigalla is an expert in quantitative methods for transportation planning, air quality, traffic operations, and traffic simulation. His skills include transportation systems analysis encompassing travel demand modeling, traffic simulation, network analysis, and ITS related modeling. He has developed and applied numerous computer models for transportation planning and traffic engineering problems. His research work in transportation air quality has received national acclaim. The methods he has developed for determining start nodes and operating models are being widely used in the industry for air quality modeling. At Mason, Dr. Venigalla teaches courses in the area of transportation air quality, information management, and geographic information systems. Dr. Venigalla serves as an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering and is a member of the TRB Committee on Transportation Air Quality and the Committee on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium Communities. Michael Casey, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor Michael Casey is an Assistant Professor in the Civil, Environmental, Infrastructure Engineering Department in the area of Construction Systems and Project Management. He completed his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park in the area of sensor networks for critical infrastructure surveillance and security. He teaches classes in construction and project management, IT in civil engineering, and geographic information systems (GISs). Dr. Casey is currently conducting research in GIS tools for integrated hydrologic and hydraulic modeling as well survivability or wireless sensor networks. He is also the advisor for the GMU Chapter of ASCE and is an active member in the National Capital Section of ASCE. Dr. Casey received his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University. He worked as an Environmental Engineer with Camp Dresser and McKee in Edison, NJ on facilities management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) projects. Dr. Casey received his M.S. in Water Resources Engineering at the University of Maryland and performed research in watershed modeling and GIS application development. Girum Urgessa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Dr. Urgessa received the B.S. degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. In the industry sector, Dr. Urgessa has worked as a Structural Engineer with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Ltd. and is currently working as a Research Engineer for the Applied Science Division of Weidlinger Associates in Albuquerque. His research interests include computational mechanics, the study of structures subjected to extreme loadings and the use of fiber-reinforced polymers in the design of structures.
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