About Us

More than 100 years ago, our department started with only two faculty and a small but dedicated group of students. Today, we are one of the largest, most extensive civil engineering departments in the nation, with more than 10,000 living alumni, over 1,200 students, and 50+ faculty members.

We are home to ten graduate specialties:

  • Building Energy and Environments
  • Construction Engineering and Project Management
  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Infrastructure Materials Engineering
  • Mechanics, Uncertainty and Simulation in Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Sustainable Systems
  • Transportation Engineering


A Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering recognized worldwide for excellence in engineering education, creation of knowledge, and leadership in professional and public service.


The mission of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering encompasses excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and public service. We will do the following:

  • Educate the next generation of engineering leaders to formulate and solve complex problems of importance to society, to collaborate as productive team members, to engage in life-long learning, and to act professionally and ethically
  • Extend engineering knowledge across the breadth of the discipline and beyond through creative, innovative research ranging from the fundamental to the applied
  • Facilitate the understanding and use of new ideas, technologies, and practices for the betterment of society through service and leadership in local, state, national, and international communities


Our undergraduate and graduate programs are routinely ranked among the top ten in the U.S.  In the most recent U.S. News & World Report, our programs were ranked:

#4 Undergraduate Civil Engineering

#5 Undergraduate Environmental Engineering

#2 Graduate Civil Engineering

#6 Graduate Environmental Engineering

Dean T.U. Taylor, center seated, with the first faculty and students

Dean T.U. Taylor, center seated, with the first faculty and students in engineering. Taylor was a civil engineer and the first dean of the college.