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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Program Coordinator
Linda A. Ratsep, MCE, MBA, PE

Linda Ratsep is the Program Coordinator for the Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) program. She earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire; an MBA from Drexel University; and an MCE from Villanova University. Linda has been continually involved in the MCE program since 2005 as Course Developer, Senior Instructor, and Academic Associate Program Director prior to appointment as Program Coordinator in 2016.  Linda is a registered professional engineer and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

In 1995, Linda co-founded The Ratsep Group, Inc., an environmental science and civil engineering consulting firm in Pennsylvania. As a practicing civil engineer 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; airport engineering design; and expert witness testimony. 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.

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Student Services Advisor
Kris Cameron, MA

Kris Cameron is the Student Services Advisor for the Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Civil Engineering programs at Norwich University. She understands the unique challenges of working full-time and attending graduate school online as she has a MA with a focus on building learning communities in higher education. She brings six years of experience in supporting, advising, and advocating for online graduate students to increase student success in their programs. She has also worked as a project administrator for an engineering company, coordinating national projects, organizing and leading subcontractors, and writing and negotiating engineering proposals, contracts, and subcontracts. Kris looks forward to helping you achieve your goals in the nursing and engineering fields.

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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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Michael Blount, PE, LEED AP, USN (Ret)

Michael Blount advises students in the public works and sustainability concentration in Norwich's online Master of Public Administration program. He has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry. During his tenure in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, he had nine overseas deployments with the U.S. Navy Seabees, including stints in the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His career was highlighted by his last two Command tours - Commodore of the Thirtieth Naval Construction Regiment, responsible for over 2,500 Seabees and all Pacific Rim construction; and Commanding Officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, 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 both the Army Corps of Engineers and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

He holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, a MS 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), a member of SAME’s Academy of Fellows, a LEED Accredited Professional BD&C, a member of the Design Build Institute of America and an Associate DBIA. On May 26, 2016, he was sworn in as the 96th National President of SAME.

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Faculty

William Barry, PhD, PE
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
Timothy Tyler, PhD, PE
Loren Wehmeyer, PhD
Ruth Wertz, PhD, PE