About Us

What is Civil Engineering?

Civil Engineering encompasses a very broad spectrum of engineering disciplines. This broad spectrum is the result of the technical needs of civilization as it has progressed through the millennia. Civil Engineering has the following major subdisciplines: structural engineering, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and materials engineering. Civil engineers are in high demand due to the expectations placed on the profession to construct and maintain the world's physical infrastructure.

Civil engineers plan, design and direct the construction of public and private facilities that are essential to modern life and vary widely in their nature, size, scope, operation, use and location. These facilities must provide safe and efficient service to users, be cost-effective, and be compatible with the environment. For example, civil engineers design and build: tunnels, bridges, dams, roads, airports, transit systems, systems for treatment and distribution of drinking water, solid waste management and wastewater collection and treatment.

Why This Department?

The programs and faculty are nationally renown for excellence. Faculty in the Civil Engineering Department have won numerous teaching and research awards, chaired professorships, and national fellowships. There is significant research activity totaling approximately $4 million annually.