Annual Report 2000: Engineering InterAction
College of Engineering / University of Wisconsin-Madison

Geological Engineering Program

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David M. Mickelson (Program Chair)
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Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608/262-3491
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Integrating two disciplines

Geological engineering integrates two disciplines: geology and engineering. Geologists study the earth--its origins, composition and evolution. Engineers apply scientific principles to practical ends. Geological engineers help find the best ways to solve earth-related technical problems while at the same time protecting the environment.

Areas of emphasis

Although housed in the civil and environmental engineering department, the Geological Engineering Program (GLE) is interdisciplinary, utilizing faculty in the College of Engineering, geology and geophysics (College of Letters and Science) and soil science (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences). Specific areas of study include: designing structures in soil and rock for foundations, dams, tunnels and other caverns; mitigating geologic hazards such as earthquakes, landslides and volcanos; and protecting the environment through proper waste disposal, remediation of polluted sites, erosion control and groundwater quality maintenance. Geological engineering is a BS, MS and PhD program. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Excellent prospects for graduates

With strong skills in geoenvironmental engineering, groundwater technology, rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering, graduates can expect employment with consulting firms, the petroleum industry, federal and state laboratories and agencies, and others. With few exceptions, the graduates will spend part of their working time outdoors enjoying nature. GLE students can opt for a second major in geology, since the credits in geology required for the GLE degree often satisfy the BS degree in geology. Employers have told the College of Engineering that they get a bargain by hiring GLE graduates since one graduate can fill two positions: that of a rock/soils/groundwater engineer and that of a geologist.


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Published: September 2000