Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics

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Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics



  • Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 492
  • 817 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal QC H3A 0C3
  • Telephone: 514-398-6860
  • Fax: 514-398-7361
  • Email: ugradinfo.civil [at]
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About the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics

About the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Civil engineers have traditionally applied scientific and engineering knowledge to the task of providing the built environment, from its conception and planning to its design, construction, maintenance, rehabilitation, and sustainability. Examples include buildings; bridges; roads; railways; dams; facilities for water supply and treatment; waste disposal; and transportation system.

With the aging and deterioration of an already vast infrastructure, its maintenance and rehabilitation has become an increasingly important role of the civil engineering profession. Also, with worldwide concern about the detrimental impact of human activities on the environment, civil engineers are now in the forefront of developing and providing the means for both prevention and remediation of many aspects of environmental pollution.

Students who wish to extend their knowledge in certain areas beyond the range that the program complementary courses allow can also take a minor. Minors are available in fields such as:

  • Arts;
  • Economics;
  • Management;
  • Environmental Engineering;
  • Construction Engineering and Management;
  • and others.

These require additional credits to be taken from a specified list of topics relating to the chosen field. Further information on the various minors may be found in Minor Programs. Details on how minors can be accommodated within the Civil Engineering program will be made available during preregistration counselling.

Academic Programs

Academic Programs

Considerable freedom exists for students to influence the nature of the program of study which they follow in the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. A variety of advanced complementary courses is offered in five main groupings:

  • Environmental Engineering;
  • Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering;
  • Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering;
  • Structural Engineering;
  • Transportation Engineering.

Guidance on the sequence in which required core courses should be taken is provided for students in the form of a sample program which covers the entire period of study. The technical complementary courses selected, usually in the last two terms of the program, will depend upon the student's interests. All students must meet with their adviser each term to confirm the courses for which they are registered.

Courses taken in Term 3 or later will depend on a student's interests and ability. Information and advice concerning different possibilities are made available in the Department prior to registration. All programs require the approval of a staff adviser. Programs for students transferring into the Department with advanced standing will be dependent upon the academic credit previously achieved, and such a program will be established only after consultation with a staff adviser.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)

Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics Faculty

Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics Faculty

Van-Thanh-Van Nguyen
Associate Chair
Yixin Shao
Emeritus Professors
Philip J. Harris; B.Sc.(Manit.), M.Eng., Ph.D.(McG.), F.E.I.C., F.C.S.C.E., Eng.
M. Saeed Mirza; M.S., B.Eng.(Karachi), M.Eng., Ph.D.(McG.), F.E.I.C., F.C.S.C.E., F.A.C.I., Hon. F.I.E.P., Eng.
Stuart B. Savage; B.Eng.(McG.), M.S.Eng.(Cal. Tech.), Ph.D.(McG.), F.R.S.C.
Post-Retirement Professor
Suresh C. Shrivastava; B.Sc.(Eng.)(Vikram), M.C.E.(Del.), Sc.D.(Col.), Eng.
Vincent H. Chu; B.S.Eng.(Taiwan), M.A.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(MIT), Eng.
Ghyslaine McClure; B.Ing.(Montr.), S.M.(MIT), Ph.D.(Montr.), Eng.
Denis Mitchell; B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.), F.A.C.I., Eng. (James McGill Professor)
Van-Thanh-Van Nguyen; B.M.E.(Nat. IT, Saigon), M.C.E.(A.I.T.), D.A.Sc.(Montr.), Eng.
James Nicell; B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D.(Windsor), P.Eng.; Dean, Faculty of Engineering
A. Patrick S. Selvadurai; M.S.(Stan.), D.I.C., Ph.D., D.Sc.(Nott.), F.R.S.C., F.E.I.C., F.I.M.A., F.C.S.C.E., P.Eng., C.Math. (William Scott Professor) (James McGill Professor)
Yixin Shao; B.Sc., M.S.(Tongji), Ph.D.(N'Western), P.Eng., F.A.C.I.
Associate Professors
Andrew J. Boyd; B.Sc.Eng.(New Br.), M.A.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.), P.Eng., F.A.C.I.
Luc E. Chouinard; B.Ing., M.Ing.(Montr.), B.C.L.(McG.), Sc.D.(MIT), Eng.
Dominic Frigon; B.Sc., M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Ill.-Urbana-Champaign), L.L.E.
Susan J. Gaskin; B.Sc.(Eng.)(Qu.), Ph.D.(Cant.), Eng.
Ronald Gehr; B.Sc.(Eng.)(Witw.), M.A.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.), P.Eng., F.C.S.C.E.
Subhasis Ghoshal; B.C.E.(Jadavpur), M.S.(Missouri), Ph.D.(Carn. Mell), P.Eng.
Mohamed A. Meguid; B.Sc.(Cairo), M.Sc., Ph.D.(W. Ont.), P.Eng.
Luis Miranda-Moreno; B.Sc., M.Eng.(UAEM, Mexico), Ph.D.(Wat.)
Colin Rogers; B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc.(Wat.), Ph.D.(Syd.), P.Eng.
Assistant Professors
Jinxia Liu; BE/ME(Tianjin), ME(Rensselaer Poly.), Ph.D.(Purd.)
Omid M. Rouhani; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Sharif Univ. of Technology), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Calif., Davis)
Adjunct Professors
Sofia Babarutsi, Paul Rodrigue, William Taylor
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Civil Engineering (139 credits)

Program credit weight: 139 credits ...

For more information, see Civil Engineering (139 credits).

Faculty of Engineering—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)