ECI 289 Short Course Descriptions

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.

ECI 289I: Transport and Fate of Contaminants in Porous Media

Offered: Every Fall Quarter

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. 

ECI 289I: Colloids in Soil and Water

Offered: Every Spring Quarter

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. 

ECI 289I: Evolutionary Algorithms

Offered: Last offered Fall 2016. Next Offering Fall 2018

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 – Special Topic: Turbulent Scalar Transport in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer

Offered: Winter 2018

Instructor: Prof. Holly Oldroyd

Short Course Description: The atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) is the lowest layer of the atmosphere (~100 m to ~5 km above the Earth’s surface) where the underlying surface conditions affect the atmosphere on time scales of ~60 minutes or less. Since this is the region where we all live, work, play and breathe, understanding how the atmosphere interacts with the underlying surface to transport scalars (e.g., heat, water vapor, pollution, etc.) holds great importance. The ABL is almost always turbulent; therefore, efficient mixing causes it to react quickly to spatial and temporal changes in surface conditions (e.g., roughness, vegetation states, temperature, soil water content, etc.). Solar radiation greatly influences energy states at the surface. Consequently, thermodynamics also impact fluid motion in the ABL. In fact, some describe physical processes in the ABL as high Reynolds number convection. This course details how the governing equations of fluid motion, thermodynamics, and scalar transport apply to the ABL. Students will learn many concepts related to turbulence including stability, kinetic energy, thermal energy, turbulence closures, similarity and spectral characteristics, and how they affect or describe environmental transport. Students will use field data to develop analysis techniques that reinforce theoretical concepts and coding tools for turbulent signal processing.

ECI 289A – Special Topic: Environmental Health Engineering

Offered: Winter 2018

Instructor: Prof. Heather Bischel

Short Course Description: Human health and the environment are inextricably linked. This course focuses on identifying, evaluating, and addressing environmental factors that impact public health. Students will learn processes of hazard identification, exposure and dose-response assessments, and risk characterization to perform quantitative microbial risk assessments. Environmental exposures to and risks from harmful chemicals will also be addressed, though the primary focus is microbial risk assessment.

ECI 289C – Special Topic: Engineering Education

Offered: Winter/Spring 2018 (2 part series)

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.

ECI 289C – Special Topic: Seismic Hazard Analysis

Offered: Winter 2018

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 – Special Topic: Sustainable Freight Transportation Systems

Offered: Winter 2018

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.

ECI 289B – Special Topic: Underwater Spatial Analysis

Offered: Fall 2017

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 – Special Topic: 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).

HYD 289 – Special Topic: Principles of HEC Software

Offered: Winter 2018

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.