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.

Eric Williamson was at the dentist having his teeth cleaned when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

In 1985, because of his research in freight systems and surface transportation engineering, Professor Michael Walton was asked to help bring together officials from trucking companies and government agencies. The two were in the midst of a heated debate over proposed plans to charge freights based on their weight and distance traveled.

Dr. Chandra R. Bhat is the Adnan Abou-Ayyash Centennial Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses in transportation systems analysis and transportation planning methods. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading expert in the area of travel demand modeling and travel behavior analysis.

From June to August 2011, Texas experienced the hottest summer in the recorded history of the U.S. ... a significant part of our state remains in drought conditions.

The morning of June 11, 1965, residents of Sanderson, Texas woke up to a wall of water rolling down the canyon.