Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering! We represent a diverse field of endeavor to which this letter is intended to provide an introduction. I will be describing some aspects of civil engineering, in general, and of our programs, specifically. You will find much more detailed information as you browse this website.
Civil Engineering is a “people-serving” profession. Civil engineers work to improve the quality of life while protecting the environment. Civil engineers analyze, plan, design, construct, and operate essential facilities such as dams, bridges, buildings, highways, airports, harbors and offshore structures. They are also involved with river and shore restoration and protection, watershed management, clean water supply systems, and the treatment and disposal of waste materials. Since these projects often affect large numbers of people, civil engineers must also consider the social, political, and economic effects of their work.
We can offer you many and varied opportunities within our Department and the other programs within the University at large. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance and, thank you for considering us in your search.
David W. Dinehart, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering