Oct 04, 2023  
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Civil Engineering – Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Return to: USC Viterbi School of Engineering  

Kaprielian Hall 210
(213) 740-0603
FAX: (213) 744-1426
Email: ceedept@usc.edu


Chair: Lucio Soibelman, PhD

Director, Environmental Engineering: Amy Childress, PhD

Director, Graduate Programs: Burcin Becerik-Gerber, DDes

Director, Undergraduate Programs: L. Carter Wellford, PhD



John and Dorothy Shea Early Career Chair in Civil Engineering: Ketan Savla, PhD

David M. Wilson Early Career Chair: George Ban-Weiss, PhD​

Dr. Teh Fu Yen Early Career Chair: Kelly T. Sanders, PhD

Fred Champion Estate Chair in Engineering: Lucio Soibelman, PhD

Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering Technology: Roger Ghanem, PhD (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering)

Dean’s Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering: Burcin Becerik-Gerber, DDes

Professors: Burcin Becerik-Gerber, DDes; Amy Childress, PhD; Roger Ghanem, PhD (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering); Erik A. Johnson, PhD; Behrokh Khoshnevis, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering); Jiin-Jen Lee, PhD, PE*; Vincent W. Lee, PhD; Patrick Lynett, PhD; Sami F. Masri, PhD (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering); Najmedin Meshkati, PhD, CPE (Industrial and Systems Engineering); Massoud Pirbazari, PhD; Constantinos Sioutas, ScD; Lucio Soibelman, PhD; Costas Synolakis, PhD; Mihailo Trifunac, PhD; L. Carter Wellford, PhD

Associate Professors: Felipe deBarros, PhD; Bora Gencturk, PhD; Ketan Savla, PhD

Assistant Professors: George Ban-Weiss, PhD; Daniel McCurry, PhD; Kelly T. Sanders, PhD; Adam Smith, PhD; Qiming Wang, PhD

Professors of Engineering Practice: Gregg E. Brandow Jr., PhD, PE; Geraldine Knatz, PhD (Public Policy); Henry M. Koffman, PE

Associate Professors of Engineering Practice: David J. Gerber, DDes (Architecture); Amy Rechenmacher, PhD

Joint Appointments: Genevieve Giuliano, PhD (Public Policy); Behnam Jafarpour, PhD (Chemical and Electrical and Computer Engineering); Mitul Luhar, PhD (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering); James Moffett, PhD (Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences); James Moore, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering, Public Policy); Firdaus E. Udwadia, PhD (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering); John P. Wilson, PhD (Sociology)

Research Associate Professor: Michael Orosz (Information Sciences Institute)

Adjunct Associate Professors of Practice: Hanh Dam Le-Griffin, PhD; Navid Nastar, PhD, PE, SE, F.ASCE; Abdel S Niazy, PhD, PE; Shahed Rowshan, PhD, PE; Eric Shen, PE

Adjunct Research Professors: Maria I. Todorovska, PhD; Yan Xiao, PhD, PE

Adjunct Research Assistant Professors: Jose C. Borrero, PhD; John Caffrey, PhD; Mazen Wahbeh, PhD

Emeritus Professors: George V. Chilingar, PhD; Joseph S. Devinny, PhD; Ronald C. Henry, PhD; Geoffrey Martin, PhD


Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society

Chi Epsilon is dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as a profession. Chi Epsilon was organized to recognize the characteristics of the individual civil engineer deemed to be fundamental to the successful pursuit of an engineering career and to aid in the development of those characteristics in the civil engineering student. To contribute to the improvement of the profession, Chi Epsilon fosters the development and exercise of sound traits of character and technical ability among civil engineers.

Chi Epsilon is based on broad principles of scholarship, character, practicality and sociability. Civil engineering students who rank in the upper one-third of the junior or senior class are eligible for membership. These qualifications will make one eligible but not necessarily acceptable. Each member must be well skilled in all four of the basic principles.

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives

Fulfilling the vision of the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Viterbi School of Engineering and the University of Southern California, our graduates will:

  1. Be successful in their professional careers, become leaders in industry, academia, government or service, while adapting their technical, collaborative and managerial skills for the benefit of society’s built and natural environments.
  2. Support the advancement of the practice of science and engineering, while maintaining professional standards and moral and legal obligations to society, while being active in professional organizations and obtaining professional licensure when appropriate.
  3. Be prepared to pursue graduate studies in engineering or other disciplines, while continuously broadening their abilities and enhancing their technical skills to maintain their relevance with technological change.

Undergraduate Program Criteria

The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering prepares graduates to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry and at least one additional area of basic science, consistent with the program educational objectives; apply knowledge of four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering; conduct civil engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data; and design a system, component, or process in more than one civil engineering context. The program also explains basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership; and explains the importance of professional licensure.

The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering prepares graduates to be proficient in mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, calculus-based physics, general chemistry; an earth science, e.g., geology, meteorology, soil science, relevant to the program of study; a biological science, e.g., microbiology, aquatic biology, toxicology, relevant to the program of study; fluid mechanics relevant to the program of study; and an introductory level knowledge of environmental issues associated with air, land, and water systems and associated environmental health impacts. The program prepares graduates to be proficient at conducting laboratory experiments and critically analyzing and interpreting data in more than one major environmental engineering focus area, e.g., air, water, land, environmental health; performing engineering design by means of design experiences integrated throughout the professional component of the curriculum; and to be proficient in advanced principles and practice relevant to the program objectives; including understanding of concepts of professional practice and the roles and responsibilities of public institutions and private organizations pertaining to environmental engineering.

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Transportation Systems)

See Sustainable Infrastructure Systems Program .

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Water and Waste Management)

See Sustainable Infrastructure Systems Program .

Engineer in Civil Engineering

Requirements for the Engineer in Civil Engineering are the same as set forth in the general requirements .


Bachelor’s Degree


Master’s Degree

Graduate Certificate

Doctoral Degree


Civil Engineering

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