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Maseeh College graduates first Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Author: Cindy Bernert-Coppola
Posted: July 1, 2005

CEE_PhD1.jpgAt Portland State University’s June 2005 commencement ceremony, the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science graduated its first non-interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Roger Lindgren completed his Ph.D. under the guidance of Robert Bertini, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory. Roger's dissertation, Analysis of Flow Features in Queued Traffic on a German Freeway, focuses on the identification and analysis of dynamic freeway traffic flow phenomena and will help improve freeway operations.

Roger Lindgren with his familyThis new CEE Ph.D. was added to the Department’s two interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs, Environmental Sciences and Resources/Civil Engineering (ESRCE), and Systems Science/Civil Engineering (SSCE). These Ph.D. programs have graduated a total of 11 students—3 from ESRCE and 8 from SSCE. The CEE Department currently has 7 active Ph.D. candidates in its own program and the two interdisciplinary ones.

“The new Ph.D. degree in civil and environmental engineering is an important step in continuing the fine reputation of our graduates in the state of Oregon, the nation, and abroad,” said Scott Wells, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “At the same time, the Department is expanding research and research staff, increasing laboratory space, and focusing on improving the quality of undergraduate education.”