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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 24, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2010

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Volume 24, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2010

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New Concentration of Study in Bridge Engineering Offered at UB

A new concentration in bridge engineering is available for students in the Master’s program at the University at Buffalo through the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. Designed for both traditional graduate students and practitioners, many of the courses can be taken in person or via distance learning. The objective of the program is to prepare a new generation of bridge and structural engineers for a challenging career managing the nation’s aging highway transportation infrastructure.

The new program has been developed in close collaboration with AASHTO’s Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures (SCOBS) to help fill needs expressed in its 2005-2010 Strategic Plan. Kevin Thompson, Caltrans (retired) State Bridge Engineer, chairs a program advisory committee predominantly made up of AASHTO members, several of whom have been tapped to contribute to the development of several new courses. It is partially funded by the Federal Highway Administration through MCEER’s Highway Project.

Two new graduate courses have been developed especially for the program. They focus on skills that AASHTO has cited as being essential for someone entering the field. The courses are: "Bridge and Highway Infrastructure Management and Public Policy" and "Emerging Technologies in Bridge Engineering."

A highlight of the courses is the “Bridge Engineering Distinguished Speakers Series,” which brings well known practitioners and academicians to UB each week to discuss relevant topics in bridge engineering today. Speaker biographies, abstracts and presentations are available at Each seminar is webcast live on Monday evenings, beginning at 5:00 p.m. EST, and can be viewed in real-time by the community at large.

There is also an option to obtain an Advanced Certificate in Bridge Engineering or professional development credit for New York State professional engineers.

For more information, contact , Program Manager, or , Program Director.