New Infrastructure Planning and Management (Master’s Degree Only)

New Infrastructure Planning and Management (Master’s Degree Only)


New Infrastructure Planning, formerly Public Works, research focus areas include oil spill, radon mitigation, renewable energy, work zone safety, bridge management, in-situ pipe repair, high-speed rail, utility relocation, flowable fill, pavement marking, storm water infrastructure, fiber optics placement along the right-of-way, construction engineering & management, and highway construction, maintenance, quality control, and quality assurance.

The faculty’s research is recognized for its prominence and for its impact in understanding new house evaluation and Radon mitigation, effective oil spill response capabilities, truck damage factor determination, durability of in-situ pipe repair, guidelines for storm water infrastructure, durability of pavement marking, preventive maintenance strategy, use of flowable fill in pavement sections, and user cost data for bridge management.



Education for Leadership Roles

  • Sustainable infrastructure management
  • Innovative solid waste management
  • Timely and effective disaster management
  • Innovative information delivery
  • State-of-the-art education for public works leaders
  • Innovative public versus private services
  • Creative public works finance
  • Sustainable growth management
  • Air and water quality control

Research Focus Areas

  • New house evaluation and radon mitigation
  • Effective oil spill response capabilities
  • Truck damage factor determination
  • Durability of in-situ pipe repair
  • Guidelines for storm water infrastructure
  • Durability of pavement marking
  • Preventive maintenance strategy
  • Use of flowable fill in pavement sections
  • User cost data for bridge management
  • Renewable energy

Research Outcomes

  • Sustainable public safety
  • Cost savings for both public and private sectors
  • Enhanced disaster response capabilities
  • Sustainable infrastructure management

Research Benefits

  • Cost-effective infrastructure maintenance
  • Public safety
  • Effective data management
  • Infrastructure durability

Graduate Study Program

Master of Engineering (ME) or Master of Science (MS) Degree


Master of Engineering (ME) or Master of Science (MS) Degree in Civil Engineering with Specialization in New Infrastructure Planning and Management

Within the public works arena, employers almost exclusively seek out our graduates with an area of specialization master’s degrees in “New Infrastructure Planning, and Engineering Management (NIPEM)”.  Consequently, we offer a specialization in NIPEM within the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering.  It alerts prospective employers that the students they are considering for employement will be able to meet their expectations for training and competence in the field. The following requirements, in addition to the minimum requirements imposed by the UF Graduate School, must be met for a student to receive a specializationin “New Infrastructure Planning and Engineering Management/Best Practices.”

Course Requirements

Master’s students specializing in “New Infrastructure Planning and Engineering Management” are  expected to satisfy the coursework requirements and procedures as outlined below. Upon admission, a NIPEM faculty member is assigned as an advisor.

Regardless of whether you are pursuing a Thesis or Non-Thesis degree, you must complete the Master’s Program Plan of Study (PPS), which is posted on the ESSIE website.  You must request the use of transfer credits toward your degree program on the PPS and obtain approval, as indicated by the advisor’s signature on the PPS. You will have an  advising hold until your first PPS has been submitted based on these timeframes:  Masters non-thesis submission is required by midterm of the first semester; Master’s thesis by midterm of the second seesmter.  Before the registration periods of subsequent semesters, contact your advisor for approval of your proposed course selection for the upcoming semester, along with any changes in your PPS. You or your advisor need to  submit your PPS (original or revised) to for processing.

All courses in the executed PPS must be completed with the minimum grade noted below for the student to be considered eligible for graduation with a specialization in “New Infrastructure Planning and Engineering Management.”  The Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering or the University of Florida Graduate School may impose additional requirements. Therefore, the student should consult the Civil and Coastal Engineering Graduate Student Handbook for additional information.

Non-thesis Master’s degree

Non-thesis students obtaining a Master’s of Science degree must satisfy the final exam requirements by submitting a completed design or analysis term project that earned a grade of B or better from one of the Group A or (see courses requirement below). The NIPEM Non- thesis Master’s degree does not consider projects from outside the NIPEM curriculum. Projects are to be submitted to the student’s advisor for approval and must be comprehensive. Master of Engineering students is not required to complete the final examination per the Graduate Catalog.

Thesis Master’s degree-seeking students

A thesis master’s degree-seeking student is required to have a supervisory committee. That committee must consist of a minimum of two members, a chair (usually the advisor), and at least one additional member. The full committee should be formed by the mid-term of the second semester. If a minor is designated, the committee must include one member as the representative for the proposed minor.

Grades & Graduation

Per the University of Florida Graduate School Policy, students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 (truncated for the courses listed in their executed PPS) and a 3.00 in their major coursework to be eligible for graduation.

Coursework Requirements

A minimum of 30  total semester hours are required to graduate with a master’s degree. There is a non-thesis or thesis option and those requirements are noted separately

In the NIPEM program, if a student chooses non-thesis, then the student is required to take a minimum of nine credit hours of graduate courses listed under group B and another fifteen credit hours of graduate-level course work from Group C depending on your career goals and objectives. 

Required Courses

  • CGN 5605 New Infrastructure Planning/Best Practices (3 credit hours)
  • CGN 5606 New Infrastructure Engineering and Management/Best Practices (3 credit hours)
  1. Additional NIPEM courses- Students must take nine credit hours of the following courses (non-thesis only)
  • CCE 5035 Construction Planning and Scheduling
    • CGN 5125 Legal Aspect of Civil Engineering
    • CES 6585 Wind Engineering
    • TTE 5256 Traffic Flow Theory
  • CES 6588 Protective Structures
    • TTE 5006 Advanced Urban Transportation Planning
    • CGN 6905 Urban Stormwater Design
    • CEG 5105 Geotechnical Engineering
    • TTE 5255 Traffic Signal Operation
    • CEC 5115 Foundation Design
    • CES 5801 Design and Construction in Timber
  1. Additional NIPEM courses- Students must take at least fifteen credit hours of the following courses:
  • Any additional course taught within ESSIE  advisor approval
  • ENG 5036 Municipal Refuse Disposal
  • MAN 6149 Developing Leadership Skills
  • ACG 5995 Financial Accounting
  • SUR 6935 Topics in Geographic Information Systems
  • ENV 5105 Foundation of Air pollution
  • EGS 6039 Engineering Leadership
  • EGS 6626 Fundamentals of Engineering Project Management
  • BCN 5778 Facilities Operation and Maintenance
  • BCN 6748 Construction Law
  • ENV 5305 Advanced Solid Waste Treatment Design
  • EGN 6642 Engineering Innovation
  • REE 6045 Introduction to Real Estate
  • BCN 6585 Sustainable Construction
  • BCN 6621 Bidding Strategies
  • BUL 6841 Employment Law
  • BCN 5754 Site Planning and Scheduling
  • FES 6827 Business Continuity and Disaster Planning
  • FES 6836 Impacts of Natural & Manmade Disasters
  • EES 5306 Energy Analysis

Or courses from the following  programs with advisor pre-approval:

College of Journalism and Communication, College of Law, Design Construction and Planning, Fisher School of Business (Accounting), Agriculture and Life Sciences, Construction Management, Arts, Education, Health and Human Performance, Liberal Art and Sciences, Public Health and Health Profession, and Natural Resources and Environment.

  1. If a student decides to complete a thesis, then the student must take a combination of nine credit hours of the following courses in lieu of Group B coursework.
  • CGN 6905 – Graduate “Special Problems” – Departmental assigned course / Max 10 credit
    • toward the degree (letter grade assigned).
  • CGN 6971 – Research for a written Master’s Thesis and oral defense. Maximum 6 credit
    • toward the degree (S/U assigned). CGN 6971 offered during Fall and Spring semesters.

Note: Enrollment of 3 credit hours (Fall/Spring) or two credit hours (Summer) of Masters Research (CGN 6971) required during the final/graduating semester. MS or ME with Coursework Only Minimum 30 total semester hours of coursework; (only available if the student has not received financial aid from the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering). The NIPEM graduate student should take CGN 6905 and CGN 6971 with the faculty advisor Dr. Najafi or must receive approval from the advisor to complete the coursework with another faculty member.


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408 Black Hall

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(352) 294-7790

470 Weil Hall

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