Feature Stories

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 1,000 students, and over 60 faculty members. Even though we are top ranking and large in size and stature, we make it a priority to connect with our students and to foster a sense of community.

These stories illustrate both why our graduates are sought out by industry, government, and academia and why our research programs continue to improve the quality of life for many.

In recent years, global issues such as drought and the scarcity of natural resources have put a spotlight on two critical resources that make most of life’s daily activities possible: energy and water.

Ph.D. student Hande Gerkus is working on the design of a new sustainable offshore foundation system for offshore wind turbines.

The concern over bridge vulnerability in the US has grown at an accelerated rate over the past ten years. This distress is caused by more than just accumulated wear and tear on infrastructure.

Every two years, selected UT engineering and architecture students travel to London to learn state-of-the-art building technologies through an intriguing study abroad program.

Robert Gilbert, professor of geotechnical engineering, recently received the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching.