Master of Civil Engineering

Program Director

Thomas J. Descoteaux, PhD, PE

Welcome to Norwich University's Civil Engineering Program

Our online Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) program is designed to create a truly innovative, interactive culture that fosters new thinking and ideas. Examine our curriculum and you'll see topics that are current and relevant to today’s engineering professional.

Since its founding in 1819 Norwich University has been known for its tradition of excellence. The first private engineering university in the United States to provide instruction in civil engineering, NU is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The MCE program is taught by faculty who are highly regarded for their professionalism and dedication and have extensive hands-on experience, as well as advanced degrees in their fields.

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Tom Descoteaux, currently a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Norwich University, earned his PhD in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining Norwich in 2002 he spent ten years as a member of the civil engineering department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Public Works Association.

Associate Program Director
Rija Ramahatra, MBA

Rija Ramahatra serves as the associate program director for the Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Civil Engineering programs at Norwich University. Also a Norwich alumnus, he received his BS in management in 2005 and completed his MBA with a focus in project management in 2007. He is currently enrolled in a pre-med program.

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Student Services Advisor
Dan Alcorn, MPA, MBA

Dan Alcorn is a proud Norwich alumnus and native Vermonter. He completed the masters of public administration program in 2011 and the masters of business administration program in 2015. In addition, he completed the certificate in teaching in learning and the certificate in continuity of governmental operations in 2012. Before coming to Norwich he earned a BA from Kent State University and working banking and sales. Dan now teaches undergraduate courses at Norwich University, the Community College of Vermont, and the College of St. Joseph. He sits on the Rutland City School Board, and is the Chairman of the Community High School of Vermont. Dan is an assistant varsity football coach for Rutland High School, and a head basketball coach for West Rutland School. He is married; his wife is enrolled in Norwich’s Bachelor of Science in Management Studies program, and has two young daughters.

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Featured Faculty

Kenneth Lamb, PhD, PE

In addition to teaching in Norwich University's online civil engineering program, Kenneth Lamb is also an assistant professor of civil engineering at the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona (a.k.a. Cal Poly Pomona), where he is the Parsons Engineering Fellow of Hydraulic Engineering. He has been working in the industry for more than 15 years. Prior to joining academia, he was a supervising designer in the water/wastewater division at G.C. Wallace Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada. In that position he worked on the planning, design, and analysis of hydraulic systems for water distribution as well as sewer collection systems.

 During his graduate work, he researched methods for improving water management decisions tools. His work included understanding climate science and how this knowledge can be used to influence water supply forecasts. He is a licensed civil engineer in Nevada. He holds a BS and PhD in engineering from the University of Nevada Las Vegas as well as a Master of Civil Engineering degree from Norwich University. He is active in Cal Poly Pomona’s Engineers Without Borders student chapter, where they are working on providing water and improving access to a community in northern Nicaragua.

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Joseph Miller, PhD, PE

Joe Miller’s interest in structural engineering and timber framing began when he and his father rebuilt an ancestral barn in southern Indiana. His research focuses on key laminated beams and the strength of wooden dowels, and his findings have significantly advanced the acceptance of timber frame construction among engineers and code officials.

He is a partner with Fire Tower Engineered Timber, where he applies his experiences and interests in structural analysis and timber design to projects throughout North America. He is a licensed professional engineer in several states and provinces and participates in a number of trade and professional groups.

Joe received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming, and a doctorate in philosophy of civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.

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Linda A. Ratsep, MCE, MBA, PE

Linda Ratsep is a registered professional engineer with more than 34 years of environmental and civil engineering design and project management experience. In 1995, she co-founded and is currently a principal at The Ratsep Group, Inc., an environmental science and civil engineering consulting firm in Pennsylvania.

She has designed and managed hundreds of projects involving site development design for residential, commercial, industrial, airport, and recreational facilities; stream/stream corridor, wetland, and watershed studies and assessments; storm water management design; municipal engineering reviews; and airport engineering design. Her projects involve the development and utilization of project-specific Geographic information Systems (GIS) technologies and the creation of 3-D visualizations and advanced civil engineering software applications for unique project needs. She is extensively retained as an expert witness in hearings involving civil engineering.

She earned a master’s degree in civil engineering with a concentration in water resources from Villanova University and an MBA from Drexel University.

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Anthony Young, MCE, PE

Tony Young has more than 20 years of professional experience in civil engineering. He is a project manager with O’Brien & Gere, where he is responsible for performing and delegating technical and administrative responsibilities to engineers, designers, and drafters on complex and diverse water and wastewater treatment projects. He filed his first patent in 2009 on a new design for a vacuum vapor compression distiller. He received a BSCET from Western Kentucky University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Norwich University.

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William Barry, PhD, PE
Michael Blount, MS, PE

Michael Blount has more than 32 years of experience in the construction industry. During his tenure in the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, he had nine overseas deployments with the U.S. Navy Seabees, including the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His career was highlighted by his last two Command tours - Commodore of the THIRTIETH Naval Construction Regiment, where he was responsible for over 2,500 Seabees and all Pacific Rim construction, and Commanding Officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, where he was responsible for 1,700 personnel and over $2.5 billion per year in construction, facilities maintenance, environmental restoration and real estate efforts. He retired as a Captain in 2008. Soon after retirement, he joined Balfour Beatty Construction. Working primarily in the federal sector, he has been responsible for numerous project awards with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

He holds a BS degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida, a MS degree in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a professional degree in water resources from The George Washington University. He is a professional civil engineer, a member and chair of the Energy and Sustainability Committee for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), and a member of SAME’s Academy of Fellows. He is certified through the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional Building Design and Construction (BD&C) program. Additionally, he is a member of the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) and is a Designated Design-Build Professional, certified as an Associate DBIA

Mathew Bovee, PhD
Laurette Brady, MBA
Arif Cekic, PhD, PE
Thomas J. Descoteaux, PhD, PE

Tom Descoteaux, currently a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Norwich University, earned his PhD in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining Norwich in 2002 he spent ten years as a member of the civil engineering department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Public Works Association.

Kenneth Edwards, PhD, PE
Andrew Ernest, PhD, PE
Thaddeaus Gabryszewski, MCE, PE
Tara Kulkarni, PhD, PE
Will Lindquist, PhD, PE
W. Nicholas Marianos, PhD, PE
Bryan Pascarella, MBA
Michael Puddicombe, DBA
Jared Reigstad, MCE, PE
Scott Sabol, MSCE, PE
Adam Sevi, PhD, PE
Timothy Tyler, PhD, PE
Loren Wehmeyer, PhD
Ruth Wertz, PhD, PE