The Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics (SESM) research area teaches and perform research on mechanics of solids, mechanics of structures, and structural engineering. Our research spans multiple dimensions:
Core course topics include mechanics of materials, advanced topics in design of concrete and steel structures, dynamics and earthquake engineering, and life-cycle assessment of buildings and infrastructure. At the graduate level, our students pursue either MS or PhD degrees, and many perform research that can involve laboratory experimentation, numerical simulation, basic theory, or a combination of these. Students pursuing an MS degree do so through 30 semester hours of coursework, and optionally can substitute a research report or a longer thesis for some of those semester hours. The report or thesis work is usually publishable as a conference paper or a journal article. The PhD degree requires additional coursework as well as a dissertation.
A CU Boulder structural engineering degree prepares graduates to be a global leader in structural design, performing applied research, or entering the professoriate as a teacher or researcher. Our graduates address some of the world’s most challenging problems through civil engineering.