Graduate Course Schedule

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Graduate Course Schedule

The Department of Civil Engineering course schedules are available here:

FALL 2017

SPRING 2018 

  • This course presents a broad survey of the basic mathematical methods used in the solution of ordinary and partial differential equations: linear algebra, power series, Fourier series, separation of variables, integral transforms.
  • This course will introduce nonlinear optimization and convexity in higher dimensions to model large-scale systems. Graduate students only. Recommended Course Background: AS.110.201 or EN.550.291, AS.110.202.
  • From earthquakes to wind events, lateral forces constitute some of the most extreme loading conditions for which new and existing building structures must be analyzed and designed to resist. This course provides a fundamental yet practical introduction to the development and application of earthquake and wind loadings on building structures, the dynamic response and behavior of structures to lateral forces, and the bases and requirements for ductile design and detailing of steel, concrete, wood, and masonry lateral force resisting elements. The course will build on these analysis and design fundamentals to examine the technical considerations and methodologies for evaluating the lateral force resisting systems of existing, oftentimes monumental, building structures, and for designing and implementing repairs and retrofits to these lateral systems, including the application of Performance Based Design. This course is co-listed with EN.565.615.
  • Functional and computational examination of elastic and inelastic single degree of freedom systems with classical and non-classical damping subject to various input excitations including earthquakes with emphasis on the study of system response. Extension to multi-degree of freedom systems with emphasis on modal analysis and numerical methods. Use of the principles of structural dynamics in earthquake response.
  • Building on the content in Preservation Engineering I: Theory and Practice, this course will begin with materials introduced at the start of the Industrial Revolution–namely with the beginning of the use of iron materials as major structural elements within buildings. The course will continue with the introduction of cast iron, wrought iron, and finally, structural steel members. After introducing iron materials the course will continue with the early use of reinforced concrete as a major structural material. The course will discuss the historic structural analysis methods associated with such materials and contrast such methods with more modern analytical approaches. It will also discuss concrete deterioration and repair methods. Concepts related to masonry facade investigation and repair will be presented along with the analytical methods associated with thin-shell masonry construction from the 19th and 20th centuries. The course will conclude with a review of the assessment and retrofit of historic foundations.
  • This course will discuss the analysis and design of structures exposed to fire. It will cover the fundamentals of fire behavior, heat transfer, the effects of fire loading on materials and structural systems, and the principles and design methods for fire resistance design. Particular emphasis will be placed on the advanced modeling and computational tools for performance-based design. Applications of innovative methods for fire resistance design in large structural engineering projects, such as stadiums and tall buildings, will also be presented.
  • This course will: • Introduce the student to disaster risk modeling process, including: – Structure of catastrophe models. Uses in loss estimation and mitigation. – Study and modeling of hazards (esp. hurricanes and earthquakes; also flood, landslide, and volcanic) – Vulnerability assessment: simulation of building damage, and estimation of post-disaster injuries and casualties. – Exposure modeling (building typology distribution). • Introduction to disaster economic loss modeling: – Interpretation of risk metrics (return periods, PML, AAL, VaR, TVaR), their uncertainty, and applicability to management and financial decision making process. – Elements of present and future risk: climate and exposure changes. – Student will gain introductory experience in the use of GIS and simulation with Matlab.
  • This course will discuss the computational design tool of topology optimization and its application to the design of “structures”, including structural systems, complaint mechanisms, multifunctional devices, and material architectures. Particular emphasis will be placed on the emerging trend known as Design for Additive Manufacturing (AM), and the role of topology optimization in guiding the design of parts to be fabricated by AM processes (3D printing, Selective Laser Sintering, etc). The course will largely focus on design problems concerned with mechanical properties, with extensions to fluidic, thermal, optical, etc. properties also discussed. The course assumes some familiarity with finite element methods and assumes no prior coursework in optimization.
  • Practical introduction to the analysis, design, and experimentation of cold-formed steel members and structures. Followed by an in-depth treatment of the theories which underpin modern analytical and computational tools used in exploring cold-formed steel behavior, and an introduction to topics under current research.
  • Variational methods and mathematical foundations, Direct and Iterative solvers, 1-D Problems formulation and boundary conditions, Trusses, 2-D/ 3D Problems, Triangular elements, QUAD4 elements, Higher Order Elements, Element Pathology, Improving Element Convergence, Dynamic Problems.

FALL 2018 (tentative)

  • Basic solid mechanics for structural engineers. Stress, strain and constitutive laws. Linear elasticity and viscoelasticity. Introduction to nonlinear mechanics. Static, dynamic and thermal stresses. Specialization of theory to one- and two-dimensional cases: plane stress and plane strain, rods, and beams. Work and energy principles; variational formulations.
  • Covers probabilistic computational modeling in civil engineering and mechanics: Monte Carlo simulation, sampling methods and variance reduction techniques, simulation of stochastic processes and fields, and expansion methods. Applications to stochastic finite element, uncertainty quantification, reliability analysis, and model verification and validation.
  • Matrix methods for the analysis of statistically indeterminate structures such as beams, plane and space trusses, and plane and space frames. Stiffness and flexibility methods. Linear elastic analysis and introduction to nonlinear analysis.
  • The renovation of existing buildings often holds many advantages over new construction, including greater economy, improved sustainability, and the maintenance of engineering heritage and architectural character in our built environment. Yet, the renovation of existing structures presents many challenges to structural engineers. These challenges include structural materials that are no longer in widespread use (e.g., unreinforced masonry arches and vaults, cast iron, and wrought iron) as well as structural materials for which analysis and design practices have changed significantly over the last half-century (e.g., wood, steel, and reinforced concrete). This course will examine structures made of a wide variety of materials and instruct the student how to evaluate their condition, determine their existing capacity, and design repairs and/or reinforcement. The investigation and analysis procedures learned from this course may then be applied to create economical and durable structural alterations that allow for the reuse of older buildings. Site visits near Homewood campus will supplement lectures.
  • Variational methods and mathematical foundations, Direct and Iterative solvers, 1-D Problems formulation and boundary conditions, Trusses, 2-D/ 3D Problems, Triangular elements, QUAD4 elements, Higher Order Elements, Element Pathology, Improving Element Convergence, Dynamic Problems. 
  • Graduate students are expected to register for this course each semester. Both internal and outside speakers are included. 

SPRING 2019 (tentative)

  • This course presents a broad survey of the basic mathematical methods used in the solution of ordinary and partial differential equations: linear algebra, power series, Fourier series, separation of variables, integral transforms. Course is NOT open to master’s students in Financial Mathematics or Applied Mathematics and Statistics. 
  • From earthquakes to wind events, lateral forces constitute some of the most extreme loading conditions for which new and existing building structures must be analyzed and designed to resist. This course provides a fundamental yet practical introduction to the development and application of earthquake and wind loadings on building structures, the dynamic response and behavior of structures to lateral forces, and the bases and requirements for ductile design and detailing of steel, concrete, wood, and masonry lateral force resisting elements. The course will build on these analysis and design fundamentals to examine the technical considerations and methodologies for evaluating the lateral force resisting systems of existing, oftentimes monumental, building structures, and for designing and implementing repairs and retrofits to these lateral systems, including the application of Performance Based Design. This course is co-listed with EN.565.615. 
  • Functional and computational examination of elastic and inelastic single degree of freedom systems with classical and non-classical damping subject to various input excitations including earthquakes with emphasis on the study of system response. Extension to multi-degree of freedom systems with emphasis on modal analysis and numerical methods. Use of the principles of structural dynamics in earthquake response.
  • The renovation of existing buildings often holds many advantages over new construction, including greater economy, improved sustainability, and the maintenance of engineering heritage and architectural character in our built environment. Yet, the renovation of existing structures presents many challenges to structural engineers. These challenges include structural materials that are no longer in widespread use (e.g., unreinforced masonry arches and vaults, cast iron, and wrought iron) as well as structural materials for which analysis and design practices have changed significantly over the last half-century (e.g., wood, steel, and reinforced concrete). This course will examine structures made of a wide variety of materials and instruct the student how to evaluate their condition, determine their existing capacity, and design repairs and/or reinforcement. The investigation and analysis procedures learned from this course may then be applied to create economical and durable structural alterations that allow for the reuse of older buildings. Site visits near Homewood campus will supplement lectures.
  • This course will discuss the analysis and design of structures exposed to fire. It will cover the fundamentals of fire behavior, heat transfer, the effects of fire loading on materials and structural systems, and the principles and design methods for fire resistance design. Particular emphasis will be placed on the advanced modeling and computational tools for performance-based design. Applications of innovative methods for fire resistance design in large structural engineering projects, such as stadiums and tall buildings, will also be presented.
  • Students will learn to develop agent-based and systems dynamics models to simulate complex systems. Models with hierarchical and other structures will be examined, and applications will be chosen based on student interest.
  • This course will: • Introduce the student to disaster risk modeling process, including: – Structure of catastrophe models. Uses in loss estimation and mitigation. – Study and modeling of hazards (esp. hurricanes and earthquakes; also flood, landslide, and volcanic) – Vulnerability assessment: simulation of building damage, and estimation of post-disaster injuries and casualties. – Exposure modeling (building typology distribution). • Introduction to disaster economic loss modeling: – Interpretation of risk metrics (return periods, PML, AAL, VaR, TVaR), their uncertainty, and applicability to management and financial decision making process. – Elements of present and future risk: climate and exposure changes. – Student will gain introductory experience in the use of GIS and simulation with Matlab.
  • Graduate students are expected to register for this course each semester. Both internal and outside speakers are included.
  • Variational methods and mathematical foundations, Direct and Iterative solvers, 1-D Problems formulation and boundary conditions, Trusses, 2-D/ 3D Problems, Triangular elements, QUAD4 elements, Higher Order Elements, Element Pathology, Improving Element Convergence, Dynamic Problems.
  • Description coming soon.
  • Description coming soon.
Engineering for Professionals Classes

Full-time graduate students in the Department of Civil Engineering may also take courses in Johns Hopkins’ Engineering for Professionals (EP) program.  For questions related to these courses or for help with registration, visit ep.jhu.edu or contact Dr. Rachel Sangree (sangree@jhu.edu).

SPRING 2018 

565.745          Retaining Structures and Slope Stability

565.752          Structural Dynamics

565.631          Preservation Engineering II: Theory & Practice

565.615          Lateral Analysis and Upgrades to Existing Buildings


Graduate Job Opportunities

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