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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
College of Engineering

Architectural Engineering

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Master of Science in Engineering


The objectives of the graduate program in architectural engineering are excellence in engineering education, research, and professional service. The program seeks to educate students to assume leadership positions in engineering practice, research, and education. The program also seeks to advance the state of the art and of the practice of architectural engineering at both fundamental and applied levels through extensive research programs, and to disseminate this research through professional and scholarly activities. The architectural engineering program encompasses construction engineering and project management, construction materials, building environmental systems, indoor air quality, building performance, and structural engineering. Students may also take courses in other disciplines, such as environmental and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, ocean engineering, mechanical engineering, and transportation engineering, and in interdisciplinary areas.

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Facilities for Graduate Work

The Architecture and Planning Library and the McKinney Engineering Library offer excellent reference facilities. Well-equipped laboratories, including the Phil M. Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory, are available in the areas of static and dynamic structural testing of building systems and structural elements of steel, reinforced and prestressed concrete, masonry, timber, and polymers. The structures laboratories, which include both architectural and civil engineering facilities, contain a wide range of loading machines and equipment, environmental chambers, and facilities for model testing. The virtual design laboratory provides state-of-the-art computer workstations. The construction laboratories include a well-equipped computer cluster on the main campus and a high-bay laboratory for construction automation research at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus. The automation laboratory includes a large-scale hydraulic robot test bed, a large rectilinear manipulator, and many computer workstations; at any one time, several full-scale prototyping projects are underway. The concrete-polymer materials laboratory is equipped with facilities for evacuating and pressuring concrete for polymer impregnation and evaluating durability and strength properties of polymer concrete. Also available are the latest computer facilities.

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Areas of Study

Graduate study and research is offered in construction engineering and project management, construction materials, building environmental systems, building performance, indoor air quality, and structural engineering.

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Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2004-2005.

Carlos H. Caldas
David W. Fowler
G. Edward Gibson Jr.
Carl T. M. Haas
Howard M. Liljestrand
William J. O'Brien
James T. O'Connor
Jeffrey Siegel
Dan L. Wheat
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Degree Requirements

The following requirements for the Master of Science in Engineering degree with a major in architectural engineering are in addition to the general requirements for the master's degree. The thirty-semester-hour plan, with thesis, requires twenty-four hours in organized courses and six hours in the thesis course. Of the twenty-four hours of organized coursework, six to twelve hours may be in a minor area of concentration; the remaining twelve to eighteen hours must be in the major. The courses must be logically related and the program must be approved by the graduate adviser.

A thirty-three-hour and a thirty-six-hour degree plan are also available. The thirty-three-hour plan includes a report prepared in Architectural Engineering 398R according to procedures set by the Graduate School; the thirty-six-hour plan includes a report prepared in Architectural Engineering 398D according to procedures set by the Graduate Studies Committee. Both plans provide for more coursework in both the major and the minor than does the thirty-hour plan. Coursework in architectural and civil engineering may be used to fulfill major area course requirements.

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For More Information

Campus address: Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall (ECJ) 5.200, phone (512) 471-4921, fax (512) 471-0592; campus mail code: C1752

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program in Architectural Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, 1 University Station C1752, Austin TX 78712



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