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A-225 Engineering Science Complex
Fax 915.747.8037

The Department of Civil Engineering offers the degrees of PhD in Civil Engineering, Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MS), Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSEnE), Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MECEE).

Requirements for Admission

Students should consult the introduction to the college of engineering section for information on general admission requirements and the admissions requirements specific to each graduate program.

Honor Code

Civil Engineering and Construction Management are licensed professions that are regulated by each state through a licensing or engineering practice law. Each state requires engineers to protect the public safety and act in an honest and trustworthy manner. These standards of ethical behavior are also codified in ethics guidelines established by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE).

Department Policy

The Department has established this Honor Code Policy because it has an obligation to the State and the public to prevent students from entering the profession who are not honest and trustworthy in their academic efforts.  This Honor Code Policy allows the Department to recommend disciplinary action to the University Office of Student Services and to remove students from the Department who have violated the Honor Code.  This Honor Code is consistent with the Student Conduct and Discipline Chapter of the Student Affairs Section of the Handbook of Operating Procedures of the University of Texas at El Paso .  The Honor Code applies to graduate and undergraduate students, faculty members, and administrators.  The Honor Code is based on these requirements:

  • Engineers must possess personal integrity both as students and as professionals.  They must ensure safety, health, fairness, and honesty in their undertakings.
  • Students in the Department are honorable and trustworthy.
  • The students, faculty, and administrators of the Department trust each other to uphold the principles of the Honor Code, and they are jointly responsible for precautions against violations of its policies.
  • It is dishonorable for students to receive credit for work that is not the result of their own efforts.

Department students are required to sign an Honor Code Agreement which will be kept on file with the Department. The Honor Code has been established to support and enforce course policies set by instructors.  Course instructors have exceptional latitude when preparing the policies for their courses. This can lead to variations between policies of different courses. It is the instructor's responsibility to clearly develop course policies.  Students are responsible for understanding the Honor Code and course policies and should consult with the instructor if they are unclear. If a student consults with the instructor and still feels the policies for a course are not clear or fair, the student should notify the Department Chairperson.

Department students enrolled in courses outside of the Department must abide by the policies of the school or college in which the course is offered.  Students who are not members of the Department who take a course offered by the Department are bound by the policies of the Honor Code.


Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy


CHAIR: Dr. Cesar Carrasco


Cesar Carrasco
Contact Information:; 915-747-6919
Education: BS, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey; MS, UTEP; Ph D, UTEP
Research Interests: Computational Mechanics including linear and non-linear finite element modeling of civil infrastructure systems, Non-destructive testing and evaluation of aerospace and civil infrastructure systems, Risk and reliability of structural systems, Risk assessment of micrometeoroid impacts on aerospace systems, Modeling and testing of hypervelocity impact events for ballistic and shielding applications

Ruey Cheu
Contact Information:; 915-747-5717
Education: BENG(Civil) 1st Class, National University of Singapore; MENG, National University of Singapore; Ph D, University of California
Research Interests: transportation engineering, traffic engineering, transportation planning, intelligent transportation systems, freight and transportation logistics, cross border transportation

Carlos Ferregut
Contact Information:; 915-747-6921
Education: BS, National Polytechnic Institute,; MS, National Autonomous University of Mexico; Ph D, University of Waterloo,

Wen-Whai Li
Contact Information:; 915-747-8755
Education: BS, National Taiwan University; MS, Colorado State University; Ph D, Colorado State University; QEP; PE, Texas No. 85765; PE, Illinois No. 062-050969

Austin Marshall
Contact Information:; 915-747-5765
Education: BS, Cornell University; MS, University of Michigan; Graduate study, no degree, University of Michigan; JD, University of Detroit; Real Estate Law Course Program, Mamar University; Certificate, Design-Build, University of Denver and DBIA
Research Interests: Construction Safety, Energy Efficiency, Wasre Management, Construction Claims

Hong-Sioe Oey
Contact Information:; 915-747-6913
Education: Ph D, University of Oklahoma

Roberto Osegueda
Contact Information:; 915-747-5680
Education: BS, Texas A&M University; MS, Texas A&M University; Ph D, Texas A&M University

Vivek Tandon
Contact Information:; 915-747-6924
Education: BS, The Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology; MS, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP); Ph D, The Pennsylvania State University (PSU)

Anthony Tarquin
Contact Information:; 915-747-6915
Education: BENG, West Virginia University; MS, West Virginia University; Ph D, West Virginia University
Research Interests: Water treatment process optimization, desalination,RO concentrate management

Charles Turner
Contact Information:; 915-747-6908
Education: BS, University of Nebraska at Lincoln; MS, University of Nebraska at Lincoln; Ph D, Colorado State University; MA, Boyce College

John Walton
Contact Information:; 915-747-8699
Education: BS, Western Illinois University; MS, University of Virginia; MS, University of Washington; Ph D, University of Idaho

Associate Professors

Carlos Chang
Contact Information:; 915-747-8301
Education: BS, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (UNI); MS, Texas A&M University; Ph D, Texas A&M University
Research Interests: My areas of research interest include asset management, infrastructure management, knowledge management, pavement management, highway materials, pavement evaluation and design.

William Walker
Contact Information:; 915-747-8729
Education: BS, Texas Tech University; MS, The University of Texas at Austin; Ph D, The University of Texas at Austin
Research Interests: I am interested in researching sustainable water and wastewater treatment. More specifically, my research focuses on inland brackish groundwater desalination and concentrate treatment (especially with electrodialysis), water and mineral reclamation and reuse, and water and sanitation for developing communities.

Assistant Professors

Reza Ashtiani
Contact Information:; 915-747-5404
Education: Ph D, Texas A & M University

Jeffrey Weidner
Contact Information:; 915-747-6913
Education: Ph D, Drexel University; MS, Lehigh University
Research Interests: Structural Analysis and Design, Structural Health Monitoring, Performance Assessment of Structural Systems, Smart Cities, Infrastructure, Resilience

Clinical Professor

Ivonne Santiago
Contact Information:; 915-747-8478
Education: BS, University of Puerto Rico; Masters of Engineering, Clemson University; Ph D, New Mexico State University
Research Interests: Sustainability, contaminant removal from water, watershed management

Associate Professor Emeritus

David Rozendal
Contact Information:; 915-747-6919

Clinical Assistant Professor

Adeeba Raheem
Contact Information:; 915-747-6348
Education: MS, University of Florida; MS, University of Florida; MS, University of Florida; Ph D, University of Florida
Research Interests: Building Information Modeling, Construction Safety, Sustainable Construction, Energy Simulation,

Research Assistant Professor

Saurav Kumar
Contact Information:; 915-747-6329
Education: Bachelor of Engineering, Delhi College of Engineering; MS, Nanyang Technological University; Ph D, Virginia Tech
Research Interests: Environmental Data Analysis and Informatics, Airborne and Spaceborne Remote Sensing, Watershed Management, Water Quality Modeling, Climate Change Mitigation, Salinity in Agriculture, Decision Support Systems

Research Associate

Sergio Rocha
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