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ECI 289 Course Offerings

ECI 289 course offerings are constantly evolving. These are typically specialty courses offered by faculty on a trial basis, that may or may not become permanent course offerings. Below is a list of recently offered or to-be-offered ECI 289 courses. The list may not be complete. When in doubt about when a 289 course will be offered or about course content for a particular offering, contact the instructor. You might also check the course matrix. Some non-CEE courses that are taught by CEE Graduate Group members that may be of interest are also included.

Fall 2019
  • ECI 289I: Turbulent Scalar Transport in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer
  • CRN: 39298

    Instructor: Prof. Holly Oldroyd

    Short Course Description: Introduction to atmospheric boundary layer and thermodynamics, surface energy balance partitioning, equations of motion for the atmospheric boundary layer, turbulent scalar (e.g., heat, water vapor, pollution, etc.) transport equations for stratified flow, atmospheric stability, similarity relations, surface and mixed-layer modeling parameterizations, and field data analysis.
  • ECI 289I: Transport and Fate of Contaminants in Porous Media
  • CRN: 39297

    Instructor: Veronica Morales, Janis Patino Higuita

    Short Course Description: Solute and colloid mass transport processes in porous media. Characterizing and quantifying physical processes of advection, diffusion/dispersion, as well as basic biogeochemical reactions. Colloid-facilitated transport in porous media. Analytical and numerical solutions to the reactive advection-dispersion equation in Eulerian and Lagrangian forms.

Spring 2019
  • ECI 289A: Alternative Water and Waste Management Systems
  • CRN: 69257

    Instructor: Wenting Li

    Short Course Description: This course will introduce alternative water and wastewater management strategies needed when traditional means and methods are inadequate. A series of guest speakers will describe innovative engineering strategies being implemented to address challenging environmental conditions and opportunities in sustainability. Students will engage in discussion with practitioners, experts and peer researchers and take several field trips to local sites. Field trips include stormwater management facilities, a solid waste landfill, and food waste management facilities.

  • ECI 289A: Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Underdeveloped Communities
  • CRN: 69258

    Instructor: Maureen Njoki Kinyua

    Short Course Description: This 4-unit course will provide students fundamental knowledge on how to design, operate and maintain appropriate technologies to control environmental pollutants found in developing regions and smaller communities in North America. Topics will draw from engineering areas (water, waste and wastewater treatment, water supply etc), public health (water and air quality) and social science (gender disparity, mixed methods etc). Understanding the importance of the inter-relationship between engineering, public health and social science will serve to develop the globally competency of graduate students as they design and implement environmentally, socially and economically sustainable technologies. The course design project will involve water, sanitation and hygiene technologies for use in schools in Kenya.

    Pre-requisites: Students must have taken a microbiology and/or chemistry course.

  • ECI 289C: Projects for Environmental/Water Resources
  • CRN: 69259

    Instructor: Christopher Cappa

    Short Course Description: Provide MS II students in the Environmental or Water Resources Engineering tracks a primary means to satisfy the required MS II Project degree requirement. May also be of interest to MS I and PhD students who are developing their theses or dissertation prospectus. Students will develop and execute an independent project–typically literature-based–of appropriate scale. Discussion topics may include: project development; mining the literature; strategies and best-practices for writing and oral communication. Strong peer-to-peer interaction will be encouraged through various activities. Students will ultimately produce a written report and an associated presentation, which together constitute the “project.” MS II students should typically sign up for 4 units. Grading: S/U.

  • ECI 289E: Random Vibrations
  • CRN: 92638

    Instructor: Michele Barbato

    Short Course Description: (1) A short review of probability theory (random events, random variables, probability distributions, conditional probability, joint probability distributions, functions of single and multiple random variables); (2) The basis of stochastic processes and random fields (definition, description in time and frequency domain, stationarity, ergodicity, fundamentals of mean square calculus, multivariate processes); (3) Classical random vibrations, i.e., description of the stochastic response of linear elastic structural systems subject to stochastic excitations (stochastic response of single- and multi-degree-of-freedom systems, time and frequency domain approaches, state space approach); and (4) Reliability-based structural design of random systems (random failure mechanisms, level crossings, first-excursion failure probability, fatigue failure probability). Specific applications to earthquake engineering and wind engineering will also be discussed.

    Pre-requisites: Students must have taken a graduate level course in (deterministic) Structural Dynamics.

  • ECI 289I: Introduction to Turbulence
  • CRN: 69273

    Instructor: Prof. Holly Oldroyd

    Short Course Description: This course exposes students to fundamental theory, statistics, analysis tools and models for turbulence and turbulent flows.  The course objectives are geared toward students developing practical skills related to the study of turbulence (e.g., statistical analyses, time series analyses and basic turbulence modeling).

Winter 2019
  • ECI 289A: Technical Writer’s Workshop in a Research Setting
  • Instructor: Frank Loge

    Short Course Description: Participants engage in a professional writing critique “circle” submitting writings from their own past or present, professional or academic research activities. A supporting curriculum emphasizes “big picture” writing skills such as organization, flow, and communication of key ideas. Writers will learn to give and receive feedback verbally, make a writing plan, brush off old skills such as outlining, and experiment with new process strategies. Instructor and facilitator act as coach and resource, presenting bite-sized skill-building topics. Course emphasizes peer review, process over end product, dynamic skills application, and excerpts from authentic writings for practice exercises. While sessions may touch on research or technical skills, this course does not explicitly address research development or ideation.

  • ECI 289I: Underwater Spatial Analysis
  • Instructor: Alexander Forrest

    Short Course Description: In rivers, lakes and oceans, flows are modified locally by the existing topography or bathymetry (be it the natural conditions or built infrastructure). Marine survey techniques have been developed through the field of hydrography and are commonly used in ocean / estuarine settings. Increasingly, these techniques have also been used in lakes and smaller water bodies as well. This course aims to introduce emerging mapping and remote sensing technologies that can be used to map freshwater resources in any context. Focusing on underwater technologies and a review of the fundamentals will allow key concepts to be analyzed and applied to other natural and man-made systems not covered in the course. The ability to map and observe small and large scale changes in both lakes and oceans enables water resource engineers to predict how these systems will change through both internal and external forcings.

  • ECI 289E: Designing Materials for Sustainability
  • (Pending approval as ECI 239)

    Instructor: Sabbie Miller

    Short Course Description: Material selection and design play a large role in the environmental impacts associated with the built environment. This is an interdisciplinary course that combines material mechanics and life cycle assessment to use both in the design of “greener” materials. This course covers topics pertaining to the selection of engineered material constituents and processing techniques and discusses altering mechanical properties and microstructure as well as the influence the environmental impacts.

Fall 2018
  • ECI 289A: Synergies Between Environmental Engineering and Water Policy
  • Instructor: Hannah Safford

    Short Course Description: How can engineers and policymakers learn from each other and work together to address pressing environmental challenges? We will explore this question through priority topics related to water quality, availability, treatment, and reuse. Objectives include: 1) build skills in developing engineering solutions to water-policy problems; 2) consider how to best account for real-world constraints—including political constraints, regulatory constraints, and constraints imposed by public understanding and opinion—in engineering research; 3) develop strategies for effectively communicating complex scientific and policy topics to diverse audiences.

  • ECI 289I: Evolutionary Algorithms
  • Instructor: Prof. Jon Herman

    Short Course Description: Global optimization methods for engineering problems with noisy, discontinuous, or multimodal objective functions. Representation, variation, and selection operators. Convergence assessment and hypothesis testing. Multi-objective methods. Application to binary and real-valued optimization problems such as model calibration, shortest path, and scheduling problems. Prerequisite – Programming (Python, Matlab, or R)

  • ECI 289I: Turbulent Scalar Transport in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer
  • Instructor: Prof. Holly Oldroyd

    Short Course Description: Introduction to atmospheric boundary layer and thermodynamics, surface energy balance partitioning, equations of motion for the atmospheric boundary layer, turbulent scalar (e.g., heat, water vapor, pollution, etc.) transport equations for stratified flow, atmospheric stability, similarity relations, surface and mixed-layer modeling parameterizations, and field data analysis.

Every Fall Quarter
  • ECI 289I: Transport and Fate of Contaminants in Porous Media
  • Instructor: Veronica Morales

    Short Course Description: Solute and colloid mass transport processes in porous media. Characterizing and quantifying physical processes of advection, diffusion/dispersion, as well as basic biogeochemical reactions. Colloid-facilitated transport in porous media. Analytical and numerical solutions to the reactive advection-dispersion equation in Eulerian and Lagrangian forms. 

Spring 2018
  • ECI 289D: Geotechnical Engineering
  • Instructor: Patrick Lucia

    Short Course Description: The goal of the course is to 1) Provide students with an understanding of how technical knowledge is incorporated into the business world to meet the requirements of professional registration, ethics, the economics of consulting, the Standard of Care, risk management practices, and the demands of business and professional development and 2) Increase the students proficiency in applying critical thinking in solving real world geotechnical problems by the process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion.

  • ECI 289I: Colloids in Soil and Water (**COURSE IS NOW ECI 261)
  • Instructor: Veronica Morales

    Short Course Description: The course covers select topics regarding colloid occurrence, properties, behavior in different environments, and transport mechanisms in water and soils. Particular attention is paid to their role in water contamination. 

Winter/Spring 2018 (Two-Part Series)
  • ECI 289C: Engineering Education
  • Instructor: Prof. Colleen Bronner

    Short Course Description: This course provides an overview of Engineering Education to students interested in teaching engineering and designing outreach education modules to communicate their research. Content covers student learning objectives, Bloom’s taxonomy, strategies for engaging students, evidence-based teaching methods (e.g., active learning methods, problem-based learning), facilitating professional skills, and incorporating diversity and inclusion in learning activities. A sequential laboratory course, offered in Spring 2018, will provide students the opportunity to apply knowledge by developing lesson plans and activities relating to their research area.

Winter 2018
  • ECI 289C: Seismic Hazard Analysis
  • Instructor: Prof. Norm Abrahamson

    Short Course Description: Deterministic and probabilistic approaches for seismic hazard analysis. Separation of uncertainty into aleatory variability and epistemic uncertainty. Seismic source and ground motion characterization and hazard computation. Near-fault effects on ground motions. Site-specific hazard using regionalized and non-ergodic ground-motion models. Treatment of uncertainty in design ground motions. Development of time histories for dynamic analyses of structures and seismic risk computation, including selection of ground motion parameters for estimating structural response, development of fragility curves, and methods for risk calculations.

  • ECI 289C: Sustainable Freight Transportation Systems
  • Instructor: Prof. Miguel Jaller

    Short Course Description: The course discusses freight transportation systems with specific emphasis on urban operations, economics, management, and planning with the aim of achieving a more sustainable system. Moreover, the course will focus on city logistics strategies with national and international examples.

  • HYD 289: Principles of HEC Software
  • Instructor: Prof. Sam Sandoval

    Short Course Description: Ten water resource software programs will be introduced in this course, and workshops will be assigned for seven of the ten software programs: HEC-DSS, HEC-SSP, HEC-HMS, HEC-ResSim, HEC-RAS, HEC-FIA and HEC-RTS

Fall 2017
  • ECI 289B: Underwater Spatial Analysis
  • Instructor: Prof. Alex Forrest

    Short Course Description: In rivers, lakes and oceans, flows are modified locally by the existing topography or bathymetry (be it the natural conditions or built infrastructure). Marine survey techniques have been developed through the field of hydrography and are commonly used in ocean / estuarine settings. Increasingly, these techniques have also been used in lakes and smaller water bodies as well. This course aims to introduce emerging mapping and remote sensing technologies that can be used to map freshwater resources in any context. Focusing on underwater technologies and a review of the fundamentals will allow key concepts to be analyzed and applied to other natural and man-made systems not covered in the course. The ability to map and observe small and large scale changes in both lakes and oceans enables water resource engineers to predict how these systems will change through both internal and external forcings.

  • TTP 289: Pavement for Managers
  • Instructor: Prof. John Harvey

    Short Course Description: Concepts and knowledge needed by planners and managers to understand pavements. Includes basic understanding of materials, design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation and end-of-life, and how these influence costs, environmental impacts and societal impacts. Discussions of asset management, pavement finance, new types of pavement for different purposes (permeable pavement for stormwater management, pavements with lower tire/pavement noise, pavements and bicycle ride comfort, etc). How to communicate pavement issues with decision-makers. Discussion of alternatives to current approaches for providing pavement functionality (different materials and structures).