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Manoj Chopra

Manoj Chopra

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Phone: 407-823-5037
Office: ENG I, Suite 107

Manoj Chopra is a professor of engineering and serves as the associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UCF. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from India.

Chopra has held numerous leadership positions in the college and for the university since joining UCF in 1993, including serving as the assistant chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, Director of the UCF Stormwater Management Academy and the university’s lead for research space for the UCF Office of Research. In 2014, he was selected as one of two UCF Provost Faculty Fellows to conceptualize and implement the UCF Faculty Cluster Initiative. Chopra was elected the chair of the UCF Faculty Senate and served on the UCF Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2009. Subsequently, he was also elected by his peers to serve as the faculty representative on the Florida Board of Governors, responsible for all 12 state universities. Chopra is a program evaluator for ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Since 2012, when UCF President John Hitt appointed him as the NCAA faculty athletics representative for UCF, Chopra has served as the liaison between the president’s office and UCF Athletics, responsible for the academic success, eligibility, welfare and development of all student athletes at UCF.

  • Behavior of soils
  • Foundations
  • Study of sinkholes
  • Soil erosion and sediment control
  • Pervious pavements


  • Alrowaimi, M, Chopra, M., Yun, H.-B.+, and Mokhtari, S.*, Experimental study of sinkhole failure related to groundwater level drops, ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 48, Published ahead of print, 01 November 2020, (IF = 0.644).
  • Perez, A. L., Nam, B. H., Alrowaimi, M., Chopra, M., Lee, S. J., and Youn, H. “Experimental Study on Sinkholes: Soil–Groundwater Behaviors Under Varied Hydrogeological Conditions,”Journal of Testing and Evaluation, ISSN 0090-3973, September 2016.
  • Nam, B.H., Behring, Z., Kim, J., Chopra, M., Shoucair, J. and Park, C.S., “Evaluation of the Use of Recycled Concrete Aggregate as Drainage Materials in French Drain Systems”, ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Vol. 43, No. 2, 2015, pp, 1-11, March 2015
  • Nam, B.H., Behring, Z., Chopra, M., Nam, Soonkie “Investigation on Clogging Potential of Recycled Concrete Aggregate in French Drain Systems”, Geotechnical Special Publication, doi: 10: 1061/9780784479087.260, March 2015.
  • Yun, H.-B., Park, S.-Y., Mehdawi, N., Chopra, M. and Reddi, L.N., “Monitoring for Close Proximity Tunneling Effects on Existing Tunnel using Blind Source Separation Technique with Limited Sensor Data”, Tunneling and Underground Space Technology, doi:10.1016/j.tust.2014.06.003, June 2014.
  • Boundary Element XX – Advances in Boundary Elements Series, Editors: A. Kassab, C. Brebbia and Chopra, Computational Mechanics Publications, U.K., 1998.



  • Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award. University of Central Florida (2016, 2012, 2007, 2002)
  • Jim Jammal Annual Lecture, April 2015. Invited Speaker. Topic: Does the Water Table Speak to us about Sinkholes?
  • Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in April 2013 as a Distinguished Faculty
  • University Excellence in Faculty Advising, 2001, University of Central Florida
  • Gold Quality Dollar Award for Continual Improvement, 2001, NASA – Kennedy Space Center.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Florida Engineering Society
  • American Society of Engineering Education
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association 
  • EGN 3310: Engineering Mechanics – Statics                                                       
  • EGN 3331: Mechanics of Materials         
  • CEG 4011C and CEG 4012: Geotechnical Engineering, I and II
  • CEG 4801: Geotechnical Engineering Design
  • CES 6170: Boundary Elements in Civil Engineering
  • CEG 6317: Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
  • CEG 6115: Foundation Engineering

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