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Learn the advanced structural engineering tools necessary for analysis of large and inherently-complex structures.

Structural Engineering: Advanced Analysis—Graduate Certificate

Structural Engineering: Advanced Analysis

Utilize advanced techniques to evaluate structures.

Advanced analysis is necessary for structures that are complex, exhibit finite deformations, are loaded beyond their first yield point, or experience dynamic loads. This certificate covers skills in determining the response to load effects due to dead, live, and environmental loads applied to the structure. The dynamic response of single- and multi-degree structures is explored using exact analytical and numerical methods. Gain analysis skills for career advancement as a structural engineer in the technical track at larger engineering firms. The average structural engineer salary is about $68,000 per year.

3 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
Admissions requirement Civil engineering, structural engineering, or related degree.
Contact Angela Keranen
Length 3 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits
Total credits 9
Course type Online or on-campus
Modality Watch class recordings on demand
Cost Based on credits and course type
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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and prerequisite skills.

Check your preparation.

Students without civil, structural, or related degree should have taken CEE 3202 or equivalent.

CEE 3202 - Structural Analysis

Introduction to structural concepts and techniques for analyzing trusses, determinate and indeterminate beams, and frame structures. Apply concepts from statics and mechanics of materials to determine internal forces and deflections of structural members and systems, including loads and load paths.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (ENG 2120 or MEEM 2150) and (MA 2320(C) or MA 2321(C) or MA 2330(C))

Take a 3 credit required course.

CEE 4201 - Matrix Structural Analysis

Analysis of trusses and frames by the direct stiffness method. Use of a typical commercial computer code is stressed as a tool for complex structures. Introduces three-dimensional structures.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3202

Take 6 credits of elective courses.

Students who have already taken the required course CEE 4201, or its equivalent, may take 9 credits from the elective course list to complete the certificate requirements.

CEE 5201 - Advanced Structural Analysis

The study of nonlinear structural analysis techniques, especially energy methods, applied to elastic buckling analysis, large deflections of beams, second-order effects in frames, plastic analysis of steel structures, and yield analysis of concrete beams and slabs.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 4201

CEE 5202 - Finite Element Analysis

Introduction to the use of finite element methods in structural analysis. Covers the finite element formulation, 1- and 2-D elements, including isoparametric elements, axisymmetric analysis, plate and shell elements, dynamics, buckling, and nonlinear analysis.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 4201

CEE 5241 - Structural Dynamics

Free and forced vibration of undamped and damped single degree of freedom systems. Seismic design using the equivalent lateral force method. Introduction to multi-degree of freedom systems and transmissibility.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 4201(C)

The minimum completion time is three semesters.

Here is a typical schedule.

Fall Spring
CEE 4201 CEE 5201 or CEE 5202
Summer  
CEE 5241  

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

 Apply advanced structural analysis skills for linear and nonlinear structural behaviors under static and dynamic loads using both numerical and closed-form analysis types.

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Meet the online certified instructors.

Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

Theresa Ahlborn, PE

Theresa Ahlborn, PE

Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Ahlborn teaches structural timber design, bridge design and construction, prestressed concrete design, and concrete and masonry building systems.

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William Bulleit, PE

William Bulleit, PE

Professor Emeritus, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Bulleit's teaching interests include structural analysis, finite element analysis, structural dynamics, structural reliability, timber design, reinforced concrete design, and prestressed concrete design.

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Qingli Dai

Qingli Dai

Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Dai teaches matrix structural analysis, advanced concrete materials, and finite element analysis.

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Yousef Darestani

Yousef Darestani

Research Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Darestani teaches courses in structural analysis and structural reliability.

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Daniel Dowden, PE, SE

Daniel Dowden, PE, SE

Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Stephen Morse, PE

Stephen Morse, PE

Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Morse teaches sustainability and civil engineering practice, loads for civil structures, and structural dynamics.

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R. Swartz, PE

R. Swartz, PE

Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Swartz teaches on topics of steel design, structural timber design, continuous-system modeling, and advanced structural analysis.

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