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A-225 Engineering Science Complex
Fax: 915.747.8037


The Department of Civil Engineering strives to graduate highly qualified engineers, maintain nationally recognized research and provide quality professional and community service to the region and the world.


The Department of Civil Engineering of The University of Texas at El Paso through its faculty, staff, students, and constituents works to  acquire, generate, share, and use knowledge in the different fields of Civil Engineering to make the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez region and the world a better place to live. The department accomplishes its mission through both undergraduate and graduate programs.

The department contributes to the quality of these programs by generating research opportunities that create synergy among faculty, students, and practicing professionals. We contribute to the quality of life of society through innovation in the generation, sharing, and use of knowledge. We will continue to be leaders in procuring external funding for research and teaching. Faculty work together within the department and with other departments in the University to provide multidisciplinary opportunities for both students and faculty.
The Civil Engineering Department recruits, retains and graduates individuals with high professional and ethical standards to work in
government and private organizations. The faculty is committed to increasing and improving the quality of our graduates. The result of our work is reflected in the continuing improvement of the quality of life in El Paso and the surrounding regions through the impact that our graduates have on these communities.

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.


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management


CHAIR: Dr. Cesar Carrasco


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

Soheil Nazarian 
Contact Information:; 915-747-6911 
Education: MS, University of Tehran; MS, Tufts University; Ph D, Univ. of Texas at Austin

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

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

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

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

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)

Assistant 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, transportation materials, pavement evaluation and design.

Parisa Shokouhi 
Contact Information:; 915-747-6348 
Education: BS, Sharif University of Technology; MS, Rutgers University; Ph D, Rutgers University