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Lloyd Griffiths <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:43:45 -0400
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Volgenau School Faculty and Staff:


We have just learned that SCHEV has approved our new Master of Engineering
Degree in our Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering
Department. The departmental announcement of the program is below. Please
join me in congratulating Deborah Goodings and her faculty on this



CEIE Announcement:

We are pleased to announce final approval of the CEIE practice-oriented
Master of Engineering (MEng) program.  Top engineering programs at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and the
University of California-Berkley, among others offer MEng or ME degrees in
recognition that not all practicing engineers require research-oriented
graduate study.   However, no U.S. Master's program prior to this CEIE MEng
offers a curriculum that strategically integrates advanced study in
geotechnical, construction, and structural engineering into one graduate
degree. The MEng program was created with substantial input from leading
civil engineering practitioners for practicing engineering and construction
professionals, and has been received with great interest.  MEng courses are
offered in the spring 2012 schedule, and the final steps to open the
application process will be complete shortly.


From: Deborah J. Goodings [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 8:36 PM
To: Lloyd Griffiths; Daniel A Menasce
Cc: Mike Casey; Jade T Perez
Subject: I forgot to mention this morning ... MEng approved by SCHEV


Lloyd, Danny,

I forgot to mention this morning at the Dean's Admin Council the excellent
news that SCHEV approved our MEng application yesterday, for offering in
spring 2012.  

Jade is urging the various university units which open up the application
process, to put things in place as soon as possible, and she has agreed to
hold open applications into December for us for US students this semester.
We have several engineers waiting to apply now, but we will be a little
choosy to get the program off on the right foot.

Mike Casey took full charge of this effort that became exhausting, drawn
out, and time intensive, with several significant revisions requested during
the process.  To shepherd it to completion, he spent Monday and Tuesday in
Richmond this week, to be on hand should any questions arise.  We can't
thank him enough.

In addition to Mike, we are grateful to Danny, VSE, Robin Parker, Monica
Osei, and the Provost for support in the process.

A happy ending with a program that has definitely attracted the attention of
the civil engineering practice community, and we believe, establishes us as
an original thinking, academically innovative department.  (Where innovation
is tradition, of course) 





Deborah J. Goodings, PhD, P.Eng, D. GE, F.ASCE

Dewberry Professor of Civil Engineering 

Department Chair
Dept. of Civil, Environmental & Infrastructure Engineering
Volgenau School of Engineering

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George Mason University  MSN-6C1, Fairfax, VA 22030

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