CE260 is a professional elective. This class explores the water cycle and relevant atmospheric processes, energy balance, evapotranspiration, flow routing, introduction to groundwater flow, well hydraulics, infiltration, and risk analysis and basic probability in hydrology. The class takes an Earth systems approach to hydrology, and focuses on the role of water as the "life blood" of the Earth system, sustaining life and transporting energy throughout the planet. Both synthesist and reductionist views are taken for hydrological processes, meaning the "big picture" of a system of interrelated components, as well as details of particular component processes are studied.
CE262 Advanced Hydrology
This class is a continuation of CE260, and requires CE260 as a prerequisite. CE262 counts as a design elective. This course builds on CE260, and introduces numerical solutions to equations. It relies heavily on Matlab usage to solve problems. Flood routing, water quality, and groundwater problems are solved numerically using finite difference techniques, which are introduced in the class. Overland flow equations are developed, and basic snow hydrology is covered. Stochastic processes are introduced, and these are used to model precipitation and climate change impacts on hydrology. Basic time series analysis is also introduced in the class, including autocovariance functions and spectral analysis.
You will learn how to:
1. classify and evaluate hydrological (both surface water and groundwater) models for water quantity and quality
2. process and prepare data files for different models
3. solve groundwater and surface flow equations numerically
4. use well-known models (e.g. HEC-RAS) in water resources assessment.
5. interpret, analyze and understand the model outputs
6. model stochastic processes such as rainfall using Markov chain Monte Carlo approaches
7. model climate change impacts.
8. conduct basic time series analysis
CE10 is a sophomore-level required class that covers the acquisiton and analysis of spatial data. Much of the beginning part of the class is focused on surveying outdoors, and the remainder is focused on geographic information systems (GIS). I last taught this class in Fall 2012, and it is currently taught by professor Andrea Pearce.
CE132 Environmental Systems
Systems thinking and the systems approach as applied to environmental systems with linkages to transportation; feedback and emergent properties; systems modeling; environmental engineering introduction (mass balance, hydrology, air pollution).
Course Learning Objectives
1. To apply systems thinking and a systems approach in engineering problem solving
2. To understand sustainability and why the economy, ecology, and society are at its core
3. To apply mass balance concepts to environmental engineering problems
4. To understand hydrology and its application in civil and environmental engineering
5. To understand chemical equilibria, reaction kinetics and fate and transport phenomena related to environmental systems
6. To understand the impact of civil infrastructure on the environment and ways to mitigate impact
CE134 Sustainable Engineering Economics