Tohoku University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Introduction

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contents

INTRODUCTION
DISTINGUISHED FEATURES OF OUR EDUCATION
WHAT YOU STUDY

HOW YOU ARE ASSESSED

CAREER PROSPECTS

One of the Honshu-Shikoku BridgesOne of the Honshu-Shikoku Bridges;Oh-Naruto Suspension Bridge (330+876+330:1629m)


INTRODUCTION

Civil Engineering encompasses a wide range of planning, design, and construction activities dealing with bridges, highways, transportation, water supply, fluid flow, water reclamation, and geotechnical engineering problems. Main parts of studies are on environmental engineering, urban planning, design of infrastructures and disaster control. Physical, chemical, and biological processes are applied to environmental problems of prevention and remediation, while numerical simulations and analytical mechanics in addition to physics and mathematics are used to solve problems on design of structures and materials and disaster control. Many information processing techniques and statistical approaches are necessary for urban planning as well as environmental engineering.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has 17 specific laboratories in the fields of Mathematical system design, Infrastructural materials, Engineering mechanics of infrastructures, Water environmental engineering and science, Science of regional systems, Regional planning and applications and Tsunami engineering. The department shares the research and education tasks with Disaster Control Research Center (DCRC), Center for Northeast Asian Studies (CNEAS) and Graduate School of Information Science (GSIS). Many faculty members in the centers and GSIS have adjunct appointments with the department.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has a number of research projects funded by federal and local agencies, private industries, and as part of national and international consortia. These research projects give both graduate and undergraduate students invaluable opportunities to work along-side professionals on real-world problems. In addition, many research projects are utilized to provide state-of-the-art training facilities that are often beyond the reach of government-supported institution.


DISTINGUISHED FEATURES OF OUR EDUCATION


WHAT YOU STUDY

Undergraduate Program

First and second year students (freshmen and sophomores) in the department are required to take basic courses including calculus, algebra, statistics, differential equations, information science, physics, chemistry, statics, dynamics, engineering economics, humanities and social sciences. Third and fourth year students (junior and senior students) take basic civil engineering courses offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering that includes strength of materials, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, environmental engineering, soil mechanics, engineering planning, engineering statistics, and other civil engineering-related subjects. Senior students are requested to select an emphasis related to civil engineering and choose an academic advisor in their emphasized area for a senior research project. The student conducts the project at the laboratory of his/her advisor's under the supervision of faculty members of the advisor's research group, prepares thesis, and takes oral defense of the thesis. The total required credit for the graduation is 131.5 credits.

Graduate Programs

Master's Program

The Master's Program usually takes one to two years. This program provides an advanced training and education on some specific topics of civil engineering. Students enrolled in the Master Program are required to take 30 credit hours of courses and 10 credit hours of research. Classes include Numerical analysis, Spectral analysis, Optimum design, Probabilistic design, Continuum mechanics, Mechanics of inhomogeneous materials, Soil dynamics, Advanced structural design, Environmental pollution control, Water purification engineering etc. The student chooses an academic advisor in the field of student's interest to start a research project for the thesis. In many cases, the student decides a research project subject, writes a research proposal, conducts research project utilizing departmental facilities, prepares a thesis and defends it. All of these processes are supervised by the student's advisor as well as other faculty members in the related fields. The courses to be taken for the graduation depend on the student's research field, and need to be approved by the advisor.

Doctoral Program

The degree of Doctor in Engineering will be approved in the Graduate School of Engineering under recommendation of the committee in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Candidates for the doctoral degree are required to complete a research project at a professional standard as well as an excellent performance in courses. Students who are enrolled at the program must complete 10 credit hours of courses and 24 credit hours of research. Courses offered by the department are Doctoral course seminars on civil engineering. A doctoral student is need to choose an academic advisor in the field of his/her interest. At the end period of the program, the candidate must present a dissertation and defend it as the final examination. A student may conduct his/her research project at private or governmental research institutes with permission of the advisory committee. Duration of doctoral program is usually two to three years depending on the student's performance.
Numerical SimulationNumerical Simulation of Tsunami caused by the K/T-Impact (Comet) 65 Million Years Ago


HOW YOU ARE ASSESSED

Undergraduate Program

Assessment through the course is done by written and/or oral examinations, quizzes, assignments, papers, and/or class attendance. The students must complete a senior research project on their specialized area. The student has to complete the course work and pass the final oral presentation of the senior research project for the Bachelor's degree in engineering.

Graduate Programs

Master's Program

Assessment through the course is done by written and/or oral examinations, quizzes, assignments, papers, and/or class attendance. The students must finish a thesis of the research project on their emphasized area. The student has to complete the course work and pass the final oral presentation of the thesis for the degree of Master in engineering.

Doctoral Program

Assessment through the course is done by written and/or oral examinations, quizzes, assignments, papers, and/or class attendance. The students must complete a doctoral research project on their emphasized area. The student have to complete the course work and pass the final oral presentation of the dissertation for the degree of Doctor in engineering.


CAREER PROSPECTS

One of the major objectives of civil engineering is to serve people through the development of the infrastructure of the society. Many of our graduates seek their career in public services, construction, policy making, consulting, education, and R & D. It should be noted that a lot of civil engineering private companies, national research institutes, and universities employ foreign students who graduate from Japanese universities. Many international students have obtained working visa after their graduation. Several years of work experience in Japan provides a great benefit for the professional career.
Trace Trace of Liquefaction at Oakland Airport; the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake


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Tohoku University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering   6-6-06 Aramaki Aza Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579, Japan
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