2005-2006 UAF Catalog
College of Engineering and Mines
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 30 credits
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The arctic engineering program trains graduate engineers to deal with the challenges of design, construction and operations in cold regions of the world. Climatic, geological and logistical conditions of the Arctic and subarctic create special problems and require knowledge and techniques not usually covered in engineering courses.
A thorough understanding of heat transfer processes is of primary importance, and the properties of frozen ground and water are basic to most engineering in the Arctic. Arctic conditions also uniquely affect hydraulics, hydrology and utility operations.
Core required courses in the arctic engineering program teach engineers to understand and adapt to cold region problems. Students round out the program with advanced elective courses in a particular field of interest. Arctic engineering research carried out by faculty can provide students with opportunities for theses or project papers dealing with the most current arctic knowledge.
Development of petroleum and other natural resources has accentuated the demand for engineers who understand northern operations. Skilled engineers are needed both in the private industries that are involved in development and within the government agencies that plan and regulate development activity.
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