Our approach to education
Our goal is to provide a personalized engineering learning experience for every student. We view teaching as a partnership where students and faculty share the responsibility to excel. Through our engineering curriculum we emphasize teamwork, leadership, persuasive oral and written skills, ethics, project management and finance. Our intent is not just to graduate technically competent students, but engineering leaders in their field who can work seamlessly with professionals from other disciplines in local, national, and international environments.
Could CEE be the right choice for you?
The work of civil and environmental engineers is intellectually challenging, personally rewarding, and essential for sustaining and improving our quality of life. People who choose civil and environmental engineering (CEE) as a career are people who are compelled to make a difference in the world. Civil and environmental engineers design, build and improve various types of structures; they control and manage the use of natural resources, and develop new technology to control and remediate pollution. Civil and environmental engineers are creative designers and inventors.
The need for civil and environmental engineers continually increases because growth in human populations and economic activities intensify the stresses humans place on the Earth and on the infrastructure that supports our activities. For example, environmental impacts range from changes in various elemental cycles in soil, atmosphere, and water bodies, habitat degradation, the hole in the ozone layer, to global warming). Problems associated with aging of urban infrastructure include bridge and highway deterioration, outdated water supply and waste management systems. And new reasons to protect the population have emerged from manmade threats such as biological and chemical terrorism, structural blast damage, and other homeland security issues as well as natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and forest fires.
Civil and environmental engineers play a key role to play in addressing these issues by advancing our knowledge in such diverse areas as solid mechanics, environmental fluid dynamics, structural dynamics and adaptivity, smart materials technology, and molecular biology, among many others.