Minor in Architectural Studies  

One of Dr. Fu’s educational goals is to promote interdisciplinary studies. Working with UNH Department of Art and Art History, we developed an interdisciplinary Architectural Studies minor program. In light of the higher percentage of female students in Architecture than in Engineering, recruiting students who are interested in Architecture will increase the chances of attracting underrepresented students to Engineering. In this cross college (Engineering & Liberal Art) minor program, undergraduate students can take Architecture/Building Design courses from both Civil Engineering and Art and Art History departments to obtain the minor. Dr. Fu is serving as an Academic Coordinator for this program along with Prof. Eleanor Hight of Art and Art History.  Since its inception in Spring 2012, the program has been a success in student enrollments and attracting minority in Engineering; there has been about 30 students in this program with about 50% of them being female.

CiE 525 – Statics for Civil Engineers  

Statics of mechanics describes and predicts the conditions of rest bodies under the action of forces.  At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

  • Describe how a structure deforms under an externally loaded applied force.
  • Describe how a structure internally resists externally applied loads.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relations between the above two statements.
  • Design and analyze simple, elastic structures given the properties of the materials and the loading conditions.

CiE 781 – Green Building Design  

This course gives an overview of green designs and sustainable practices in building construction. We will cover technical topics & requirements of a nationally recognized rating system (LEED), with a specific focus on Green Building Design & Construction.  Students will be introduced to basic building designs and systems related to sustainability.  Additionally, they will learn about green design topics such as site plans, water and energy efficiency, material and resources usage, environmental quality and renewable energy source.   As an outcome of the course, students will be able to assess and incorporate green technologies and designs into building projects.  They will be prepared to contribute in building projects that target LEED certifications. Students will also be capable to engage in green practices within their existing built environments.

Sound track of the 2016 class

CiE 995 – Sustainable Infrastructure    

This course introduces many technical/research topics in sustainable infrastructure.   More specifically, student will learn about transportation, structures, building energy systems, water distribution systems and other infrastructure topics related to sustainability.  Civil Infrastructure systems are interconnected in nature and, thus, student will also learn about interdisciplinary studies and design approaches with multiple perspectives.  As an outcome of the course, students will be able to assess and incorporate sustainable technologies and designs into infrastructure projects.

CiE 896 – Structural Control    

This course introduces the concept of controlling motions in structures.  Control theory is a well established field in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.  In this course, students will learn about basic control theory and its application in civil structures.  As an outcome of the course, students will be able to design passive and active control systems using simulation studies.

CE 408 – Risk Analysis in Civil Engineering 

(taught at the University of Southern California)

The role of risk and probability in Civil Engineering is described and basic probability concepts are presented. Probability distribution functions commonly used to model and analyze Civil Engineering problems are discussed. Methods for estimating parameters and determining distribution models from observational data are introduced. Monte Carlo simulation methods are practiced. Detailed examples of the application of probabilistic methods to structural, transportation, hydrological, and environmental system design are presented throughout the course.