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The Masters of Engineering (MEng) degree in Geotechnical Engineering provides an educational experience that prepares students for geotechnical engineering practice for the expansion and rehabilitation of critical infrastructure. The program emphasizes planning, design, and construction that are both hazard-resilient and sustainable. It focuses on the fundamentals of soil and rock behavior and the development of site characterization and analytical skills for geotechnical design. It prepares students for the evaluation of large geographically distributed systems, such as water supplies, energy delivery networks, and transportation systems through the development of skills in geographic information systems (GIS). The program is flexible, and is organized for students to broaden their learning through courses in structural engineering, construction management, and geological sciences.

The Geotechnical MEng program is centered on five core geotechnical courses (including a two-course sequence in design). The MEng candidate adds to these courses from a menu of additional courses to develop a program that satisfies the requirement of 30 or more credit hours.

Comprehensive professional experience is gained through the design of a real-world project with the involvement of practicing engineers who led the actual design.  Recent projects include the Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement Project, Cornell Energy Recovery Linac, Bi-County Water Tunnel, and San Francisco Water Supply Crossing of the Hayward Fault. The Geotechnical Engineering MEng program is coordinated with the MEng program in Structural Mechanics and Materials, and allows qualifying students to take courses in structural engineering, solid mechanics, computational mechanics, and scientific computing subject to advisor approval.

The Geotechnical Engineering Group operates the Cornell Large-Scale Lifelines Testing Facility, which is a cutting-edge research laboratory dedicated to the evaluation of soil-structure interaction under large ground deformation and extreme loading. The lab is currently supported by numerous international industry sponsors and focused on developing the next generation of hazard-resilient underground infrastructure as well as in situ rehabilitation technologies for buried pipelines and conduits. MEng design projects can be organized to involve large-scale testing and experimental validation of design concepts subject to advisor approval.

 

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