Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Areas of specialization

Applicants should hold a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, be a civil engineer, or hold an equivalent university degree or professional certification.

Applicants should hold a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, be a civil engineer, or hold an equivalent university degree or professional certification.

The objective of the Master of Engineering Sciences Program is to train professionals able to conduct research in science and technology. This aim is achieved by teaching students how to solve relevant problems within the selected specialized research line. Graduates are able to fully able to conduct, manage, and supervise engineering research in the academic sphere and in public/private industries. Program graduates will have the skills needed to enter industry, begin a doctorate program, or launch their own ventures, founding businesses that have technological and innovative elements.

To apply to the Master of Engineering Sciences Program, candidates should have a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, professional certification as a Civil Engineer, or an equivalent university degree or professional certification.

The Master of Engineering Sciences Program only grants one degree but has a number of specializations:

  • Construction Management and Engineering

    Graduates from the Master of Engineering Sciences Program in this area acquire the competencies needed to solve complex problems associated with infrastructure development, construction, and maintenance. This is in addition gaining the skills required for creating and disseminating knowledge that will improve the productivity, quality, safety, and competitiveness of the construction industry.

    Research lines

    • Road Infrastructure
      • Pavement designs
      • Road designs
      • Study of pavement behaviors
      • Management of road infrastructure
      • Road concessions
    • Technology and Housing
      • Concretes
      • Asphalt and asphaltic mixtures
      • Construction technologies
      • Road designs
      • Modern housing designs
      • Sustainable construction
      • Information technologies
    • Construction Management
      • Productivity and quality in construction
      • Project administration
      • Information technologies in construction management
      • Risk analysis and decision modeling
      • Administration of construction companies
      • Administration of construction contracts

    Area head: Alondra Chamorro Gine

     

  • Structural and Geotechnical Engineering

    Graduates from the Master of Engineering Sciences Program in this area specialize in the design and analysis of infrastructure works: buildings, bridges, dams, industrial structures, tunnels and retention walls, and docks and coastal defenses. Particular attention is given to seismic-resistant structures, which includes aspects related to seismic risks and responses, as well as the behavior of earthquake-resistant structures and appropriate methods to mitigate damage.

    Research lines

    • Structural Engineering
      • Applied and computational mechanics
      • Structural dynamics
      • Structural design
      • Seismic engineering
    • Geotechnical Engineering
      • Seismic geotechnical engineering
      • Characterization and modelling of geomaterials
    • Geosciences
      • Andean geodynamics
      • Tectonic-magmatic-hydrothermal systems
      • Neotectonics and seismotectonics

    Area head: José Luis Almazán Campillay

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  • Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering

    Graduates from the Master of Engineering Sciences Program in this area can investigate the behavior of fluids; the evaluation, planning, design, and operation of systems; water works; and integrating the effects systems have on the environment. Furthermore, students can research the design of treatment processes for preventing and/or controlling water and air contamination.

    Research lines

    • Runoff of solid-liquid mixtures
    • Fluvial and coastal hydraulics
    • Mathematical modelling of the rainfall runoff process
    • Probabilistic hydrology and regional analysis of floods
    • Stochastic hydrology and droughts
    • Hydrogeological models and the sustainable exploitation of groundwater
    • Water treatment and environmental biotechnology
    • Modelling the movement of chemical substances in unsaturated soils
    • Hydrology of ecosystems
    • Flow and movement of solutes in aquifers
    • Evaluation and control of contamination in aquatic environments, environmental biogeochemistry

    Area head: Sebastián Vicuña Díaz

  • Transport Engineering and Logistics

    Graduates from the Master of Engineering Sciences Program in this area will be able to analyze transport and logistics problems in diverse environments, model complex situations, and propose innovative solutions that will contribute to the success of public/private businesses and institutions, including the academic and research spheres. Graduates are also expected to have an entrepreneurial spirit and to be able to develop novel methodologies, tools, and processes in their area of expertise.

    Research Lines

    • Economics and planning for transport systems

    This research line is focused on studying the microeconomics of transport markets, with special attention given to issues associated with the regulation, externalities, and provision of public assets inherent to the transportation sector. The applied analytical approaches include microeconomic models, statistical and econometric models, and optimization models. This research line includes the development of transport demand models and studying the interaction between the land-use and transportation markets in an urban setting.

    • Management and operations for transport and logistical systems

    This research line focusses on the use of advanced mathematical models to make better operational decisions towards more efficiently using available resources. These models are applied to varied problems in diverse areas, such as vehicle traffic, network flow, public transport operations, air transport operations, the localization and operation of terminals and distribution centers, and the design, operation, and control of logistical and cargo transport systems.

    Area head: Luis Ignacio Rizzi Campanella

     

  • Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Graduates from the Master of Engineering Sciences Program in this area can specialize in management and economics or operations research, developing skills related to creativity, innovation, and leadership that are integrated with technological tools used in management processes.

    Research Lines

    • Operations research and management
    • Economy, finance, and marketing
    • Organizational management, strategy, and entrepreneurship

    Area head: Tomás Reyes Torres

  • Mechanical Engineering

    Graduates from the Master of Engineering Sciences Program in this area can conduct research on mechanical design, energy conversion, characterizing and synthesizing materials, new manufacturing processes, mechatronics and automatization, laser metrology, and engineering applications in medicine and biology.

    Area head: Ignacio Lira Canguilhem

  • Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses

    Graduates from the Master of Engineering Sciences Program in this area are able to integrate the principles of Chemical Engineering with food processing and other industries that work with biological materials. Biochemistry, fluid transport, heat transfer, and mass transfer are given particular emphasis. Graduates also acquire specific knowledge for investigating and understanding the factors involved in environmental contamination processes.

    Research lines

    • Biotechnology
      • Metabolic engineering and fermentations
      • Engineering of proteins and biocatalysis, bioseparations
      • Biomaterials
    • Food Science and Technology
      • Physical and microstructural properties of foods
      • Food processing
      • Microbiology of foods
    • Technologies for mitigating contamination
      • Environmental science and technology
      • Catalysis
      • Soil bioremediation and biofuels

    Area head: Néstor Escalona Burgos

     

  • Electrical Engineering

    Graduates from the Master of Engineering Sciences Program in this area acquire the competencies needed to work with electric power systems, electrical machinery, power electronics, automatic control and signal processing, electronics, and telecommunications.

    Research Lines

    • Energy
      • Energy and power systems
      • Renewable energies
      • Intelligent networks
      • Optimization and control of energy systems
      • Energy markets
      • Power electronics
      • Electric vehicles
      • Technologies for energy conversion and storage
      • Advanced motor control
    • Automatization and robotics
      • Automatization
      • Advanced instrumentation
      • Engineering robotic systems
      • Estimation and optimal control with applications in mining
    • Electronics and communications
      • Wireless sensor networks and the internet of things
      • Instrumentation for particle physics
      • Design of mixed-signal integrated circuits
      • Design of communication networks
      • Wireless communications
      • Electronics applied to industry
    • Biomedical Engineering and Signal Analysis
      • Obtaining biomedical images
      • Magnetic resonance imaging
      • Image processing
      • Computer simulations of electromagnetic phenomena
      • Mathematical analysis of numerical models
      • Development of high-performance computer algorithms
      • Study of wave propagation phenomena (acoustic, electromagnetic)
      • Design of metamaterials, antennas, and radars
      • Applications in biomedicine, astronomy, energy, and telecommunications, among others
    • Astroengineering
      • Adaptive optics
      • Photonics
      • Instrumentation
      • Data mining

     

    Area head: Matías Negrete Pincetic

     

  • Computer Science

    Graduates from the Master of Engineering Sciences Program in this area are able to lead cutting-edge research in the area of computer science, particularly related to computer systems and software, networks, and robotics.

    Research Lines

    • Data laboratory
    • Machine intelligence, robotics, and computer vision
    • Information technologies
    • Software engineering (processes and architecture)
    • Educational informatics and collaborative systems
    • Social computing and visualization

    Area head: Denis Parra Santander

     

  • Mining

    Graduates from the Master of Engineering Sciences Program in this area expand their knowledge on all aspects related to mining management, economics, and operations. Program graduates can conduct research to solve problems associated with minerals exploitation, the management of mining companies, the coordination of mining operations, and the operation of machines used in this sector.

    Research Lines

    • Economic-environmental studies of mining projects
    • Team management in mining
    • Economy of minerals
    • Modeling, optimization, and automatic control of mining processes
    • Automatization in mining
    • Rock mechanics and deep mining
    • Development of new mining resources and exploration methods
    • Processing technologies for industrial minerals
    • Enrichment and purification of solutions
    • Pulp and slurry transport systems

    Area head: Álvaro Videla Leiva