What is Civil Engineering?


Civil engineers design and maintain the infrastructure that supports our civilization. The world around us is constantly developing and changing. Cities are expanding, new transportation systems are emerging and natural refuges are being restored. Civil engineers guide this development and supervise complex interactions between nature and technology. In addition to promoting development, civil engineers also study our impact on the environment and develop methods for protecting our natural resources, such as constructing bike and walking paths for cities, finding new methods to produce and use renewable energy, and helping to manage the effects of pollution.


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Dr. Micah Hale, Named Head of Civil Engineering

Micah Hale, professor of civil engineering, has been selected as head of the department. Hale will begin the new position on August 15, 2016.

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Griffith Elected to Board of American Concrete Institute

Frances Griffith, associate director of the Center for Training Professionals, has been elected to the board of direction of ACI.

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CVEG Senior, Ryan DuChanois, Selected as NSF Research Fellow

The highly competitive fellowships are awarded to students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematic fields.