Welcome from the Chair

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Welcome to the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering!  

We are leaders in developing innovative solutions to enable civilization and improve the quality of life. We are particularly excited about developing new ways to provide and manage cities, water and energy.

We have over 1,200 students, 60 professors and 25 staff members working together to make the world a better place. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked in the top five in the country by U.S News and World Report.

It is an exciting time to be in Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at UT Austin. What we do has become important and challenging as the world population grows in the face of expanded urbanization, limited resources and changing climatic conditions. We are leading major changes in energy, transportation, water management and treatment, sustainable construction and materials, and information technology.

My goal as department chair is to help our students be prepared to lead this wave of change – to have the engineering skills, the creativity and the savvy needed to develop innovative solutions.

I want to provide opportunities for our students to interact with industry and alumni throughout their time here. I want to continue supporting our students after graduation as they progress through their careers and turn their potential into the reality of benefitting society. I want for us to be active in public service.  I want to let the world know about all the important contributions that our faculty, students and alumni are making.

I am honored and excited to lead this outstanding department. What starts here does change the world!

Robert B. Gilbert, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE
Department Chair



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