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Montana Tech - Mission

Montana Tech, through exemplary undergraduate and graduate education, workforce development, research, and service, builds on a strong heritage in engineering, science, and technology that blends theory with practice in meeting the changing needs of society and the responsible development and use of natural resources.

Civil Engineering Program-Mission

The Civil Engineering Program at Montana Tech mission is to advance education and practice, and meet the changing needs of society by:

  1. preparing students to pursue civil engineering careers, professional licensure, and advanced degrees
  2. keeping current and fostering industry relationships and community involvement
  3. executing innovative research, or scholarship, or other opportunities, or all three, to advance the Civil Engineering Profession in collaboration with academia, industry, and government agencies.

Civil Engineering Program-Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the Civil Engineering program are to produce graduates who achieve some of the following.

  1. Successfully practice the Civil Engineering profession as demonstrated by :
    1. continued professional employment
    2. job promotion
    3. expanding career responsibilities
  2. Obtain professional registration
  3. Strongly encourage the completion of an advanced degree
  4. Continued professional development as demonstrated by:
    1. society membership and participation
    2. continuing education
    3. engineering related service

Civil Engineering Program-Student Outcomes

The curriculum must prepare graduates to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and at least one additional area of basic science; apply probability and statistics to address uncertainty; analyze and solve problems in at least four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering; conduct experiments in at least two technical areas of civil engineering and analyze and interpret the resulting data; design a system, component, or process in at least two civil engineering contexts; include principles of sustainability in design; explain basic concepts in project management, business, public policy, and leadership; analyze issues in professional ethics; and explain the importance of professional licensure.

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering that includes differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and at least one additional area of basic science and be able to apply probability and statistics to address uncertainty
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data by conducting experiments in at least two technical areas of civil engineering and analyze and interpret the resulting data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability—by designing a system, component, or process in at least two civil engineering contexts and also include principles of sustainability in design
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility by analyzing issues in professional ethics and explaining the importance of professional licensure
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. analyze and solve problems in at least four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering
  13. explain basic concepts in project management, business, public policy, and leadership

Civil Engineering-Montana Tech –You Can’t Go Wrong…

The growth rate of the job market for architecture and engineering occupations is expected to grow by 7% from 2016 to 2026. Civil engineers design and construct major infrastructure projects like roads, airports, bridges, tunnels and buildings. Civil engineers tend to split their time between construction sites and their offices. The bureau of labor statistics reports a 2016 median annual pay of $83,540 for civil engineers. architecture and engineering outlooks

Faculty, Industry Vetted, Academically Sound

Dr. Liping Jiang, EIT, Water Resources Engineering. Dr. Jiang is currently an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Montana Tech. Dr. Jiang received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Auburn University. Dr. Jiang has extensive research experience in water resources engineering. Her research interests involve implementing her expertise in hydraulics and hydrology to solve various research questions related to hydraulic structures and water environment. Her current research area is related to water quality modeling under future climate warming scenarios. Dr. Jiang teaches EGEN 201 Statics, ECIV491 Open Channel Hydraulics, and ENGR 5500 Hydraulic Structures. 496-4771 ljiang@mtech.edu S.E. 304

Lawrence A Hunter, MS, P.E. Associate Professor of Practice, Construction Engineering

  • Professional Engineer in Montana, Idaho, Washington and North Carolina
  • Faculty at Montana Tech since 2012
  • 30 years of experience including Bridge design, inspection/load rating and construction

Design and construction of water and sewer systems- Design, assessment and construction of commercial buildings Design and construction of industrial water treatment systems- Design and fabrication of pressure vessels Design and fabrication of high temperature process equipment Risk analysis- Explosives safety engineer 496-4770 lhunter@mtech.edu S.E. 307

Dr. Kishor Shrestha joined Montana Tech as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering in the Fall 2016. Dr. Shrestha earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of Nevada Las Vegas in Spring 2016. He worked as a Civil Engineer in the Obayashi Corporation, a major construction company. He teaches Sustainable Engineering, Temporary Structures, Transportation Engineering, and Civil Engineering Plans, Specifications, and Detailing. Dr. Shrestha has been working in the field of Sustainability, life-cycle cost analysis of civil infrastructures, Performance-Based Contracting, and Construction Safety. 496-4850 kshrestha@mtech.edu S.E. 311

Matt Egloff, M.S., P.E., Instructor III, Materials and Codes. Matt Egloff holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Montana State University and is a United States Veteran. Matt teaches numerous courses inside of the engineering curriculum and has mentored numerous student clubs and is actively involved in the community through 4-H and other organizations. Mr. Matt Egloff completed US Shooting’s Safe Sport Policy Training. In 2012 The US Olympic and US Paralympic created the Safe Sport Policy and Training to improve athlete safety across the US Olympic Committee’s (USOC’s) 47 National Governing Bodies (NGBs).496-4839 megloff@mtech.edu S.E. 303

Scott Coguill, M.S., Lab Director Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Scott Coguill recently joined Montana Tech’s faculty and come with many years of research and industry experience. Scott oversees all Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering lab components in Montana Tech’s new multi-million dollar natural resources research center. Scott also teaches service level courses and collaborates in research efforts with faculty and staff and with the Center for Advanced Materials Processing. 496-4734 scoguill@mtech.edu

Brian Kukay, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor and Program Coordinator. Brian earned his B.S. and M.S. Degrees at Montana Tech and has spent a number of years in industry in numerous roles for: Commercial Construction, Environmental Consulting, and Civil Consulting Firms. Brian went on to earn a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University and has been a faculty member at Montana Tech since 2008. Brian teaches General Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Structural Engineering courses. He has served on state and National Committees including the Montana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, The Timber Bridge Committee, and currently serves on the Wood Education Committee. Brian has produced numerous publications in his field including book chapters journal papers, conference papers, manuals, webinar and has served on 20 M.S. committees to date. Brian will serve as the Department Head for Civil Engineering as Civil receives department Status-slated for July 2018. 496-4517 bkukay@mtech.edu

Recent Highlights-Civil Engineering-Montana Tech

Recent faculty efforts from the Civil Engineering Program reflect Dr. Liping Jiang’s publishable paper titled, "Refuge Lake Reclassification in 620 Minnesota Cisco Lakes under Future Climate Scenarios." Dr. Kishor Shrestha’s two publishable papers titled, “Quality of Road Maintenance Works Performed by State Force versus Private Contractors in Nevada” and, “Carbon Dioxide Emissions by the Transportation Section and its Impact on Health in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.” Mr. Matt Egloff completed US Shooting’s Safe Sport Policy Training. In 2012 The US Olympic and US Paralympic created the Safe Sport Policy and Training to improve athlete safety across the US Olympic Committee’s (USOC’s) 47 National Governing Bodies (NGBs). Mr. Larry Hunter led a six student team to a second place finish in a design build competition. The students were Chance Sparrow, Cody Wiers, Daniel Van Dyk, Chris Liebel, and James Cutler. Congratulations to all! On a lesser note, Dr. Brian Kukay was part of a 13-person ASCE/SEI Blue Ribbon Panel team who recently completed a review of the proposed ASCE/SEI Manual of Practice: Structural Fire Engineering. Kukay will also be contributing to a special project of the ASCE/SEI Committee, on the Performance of Wood Construction, used to improve the quality of light-frame wood construction in the United States.