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.

AACE Class of 2020

The Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering welcomes 13 new members to their ranks.

2020 COE honors

College of Engineering Honors Faculty & Staff

Mariah Crew MOVITE Scholarship

CVEG student Maria Crews awarded 2020 MOVITE Jan Kibbe Student Scholarship.

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Civil Engineering Alumnus' Campaign Gift to Support Undergraduate Success

A $50,000 Campaign Arkansas gift from a civil engineering alumnus and his wife will support juniors and seniors in the Department of Civil Engineering.

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Professor's 'Ultrasound for Roads' Research Earns Honors for Impact in Arkansas

A civil engineering faculty member has been honored by a leading national infrastructure organization for his work with technology and methods that enable highway planners to see what's under the ground before beginning construction.

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Undergraduate Honors Student Co-Hosts LeadershipWWEB Podcast

Grayson discusses her leadership values, the role of mentorship in her career and why women in the workforce should stop saying "sorry" so much, among other things.

Future World Vision: Infrastructure Reimagined

What Do CE Graduates Need to Know?

It’s an important question throughout the history of the profession. But given the rapidly changing variables, the question is arguably more critical now than ever before.

Stacy Williams is pictured with 2019 American Public Works Association - Arkansas Chapter President Clay Whiting. Williams received the Professional of the Year award from the Arkansas chapter of the APWA for her contributions to the field of public works.

Civil Engineering's Williams Honored by American Public Works Association

A civil engineering faculty member has been honored by the Arkansas chapter of the American Public Works Association for her career-long contributions to the field of public works.


Civil Engineering Professor Talks on Tornado Studies

Panneer Selvam, civil engineering professor, talks on tornado's tending to take the path of the least resistance.


Engineering Research Team Chosen for NSF I-Corps Program

The National Science Foundation recently announced that a University of Arkansas research team was selected to participate in the national Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program.


System Will Help Planner Identify, Prioritize Highway Projects

A new prototype system in the works by Dr. Sarah Hernandez in collaboration with students Magdalena Asborno and Collin Burris.


CVEG Professor Research Confirms Micro-Algae's Cleaning Ability

Dr. Wen Zhang has discovered that Chlorella vulgaris, a single-celled fresh water algae species, effectively removes pollutants from wastewater. 


$1 Million From ArDOT Supports Civil Engineering Research

The Arkansas Department of Transportation makes $1 million investment in a Civil Engineering Research and Education Center at the University of Arkansas.


Listen in as Civil Engineering Professor Explains Research

Dr. Gary Prinz sits down to discuss 3D printed steel, being awarded an NSF research award, and how he began his career.


Civil Engineering Doctoral Student Recognized as Young Diversity Pioneer

Joseph Daniels honored at the fifth Silas Hunt Legacy Awards Celebration on Nov. 9 at the Fayetteville Town Center.


Honors College Recognizes Civil Engineering Professor

The Honors College to recognize Professor Kevin Hall at the annual Honors College Faculty Reception on Tuesday, Nov. 6.


Civil Engineering Student Awarded Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarship

The Beaver Water District awarded the $2,000 Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships to Emily Sherrill of Rogers.


$500,000 Gift Paves the Way for Concrete Research

Cameron Murray, Assistant Professor, accepts $500,000 gift to continue studies on concrete pavements

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Civil Engineering Alumni Named 40 Under 40

Steven Head, recently named Talk Business and Politics-Statewide 40 under 40 for his work with McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc.

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Civil Engineering Professor to Use Soil as Building Material

Michelle Bernhardt-Barry has been studying methods to use soils and sands to build roads and structures in remote areas

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Doctoral Student Aims to Improve Arkansas Roads with Coal Byproduct

Casey Jones, a doctoral student in civil engineering, has been selected to present his research at the fib International Ph.D. Symposium in Civil Engineering.

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Researcher Going to India to Document Infrastructure Damage From Disaster

Richard Coffman will travel to Indian state of Kerala to study the impact of record rains and flooding

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Civil Engineering Professor & Sr. Associate Dean Inducted into Academy of Civil Engineers

Norman Dennis, professor and Sr. Associate Dean, inducted into Missouri's Science & Technology Academy

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Researchers Set U of A Record for NSF Early Career Grants Earned in One Year

CVEG Professors, Michelle Bernhardt-Barry and Gary Prinz, are two of nine University of Arkansas faculty members to receive the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award.

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Professor Receives Grant to Study Aftermath of Mexico City Earthquake

University of Arkansas civil engineering professor Clinton Wood has been awarded a $93,000 grant from the National Science Foundation

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Fellowship to Advance CVEG Professor's Steel Structures Research

Gary Prinz has been awarded a $200,000 fellowship to pursue research related to structural steel performance during earthquakes


Civil Engineering Doctoral Student Receives Honorable Mention from Ford Foundation

Sean Salazar, civil engineering doctoral candidate, given the distinction of an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship competition.

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Civil Engineering Academy Welcomes New Members

More than 250 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends gathered April 20 to celebrate the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering's annual induction ceremony.

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Civil Engineering Student Helps U of A Bring Home National Ranch Horse Title

Kaley Collins, civil engineering student, helped take Ranch Horse team to winners circle.

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Civil Engineering Graduate Students Earn Top Spots at Transportation Conference

Taslima Akter and Magdalene Asborno awarded top honors in from the Missouri Valley Section Institute of Transportation Engineers

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Civil Engineering Professor & Global Campus Coffee Break

Andrew Braham, associate professor for the Department of Civil Engineering, Invited to Talk Civil Engineering & Pavement Rehabilitation

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Maritime Transportation Center Receives Additional $1.4 Million Grant

The Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center is a Tier 1 university transportation center based at the University of Arkansas

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Civil Engineering Alumni Campaign Gift Creates Scholarships

University of Arkansas alumni Robert “Wayne” Jones and his wife, Joanne Jones, of Fayetteville are supporting future engineers and artists with a $200,000 planned gift.

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AACE Charter Member Passes Away

Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering Charter member, L. Carl Yates, passed away April 1, 2018

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CVEG Graduate Student Wins Poster Competition

Civil Engineering Doctoral Student, Airam Morales, wins student poster competition at AAPT Annual Meeting.

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Civil Professor to present research in CWE 2018 Seminar

Dr. Panneer Selvam to present research in International Symposium on Computational Wind Engineering

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U.S. Transportation Honors Civil Doctoral Student with Innovation Award

U.S. Department of Transportation honored Joseph Daniels with the Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering award (RAISE)

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Civil Engineering Student Tests the Waters in Panama Canal

Juan Andrés Martínez Castro puts engineering skills to work in home country of Panama.

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Civil Engineering Students Awarded Research Grants

Congratulations to all Civil Engineering Students for Their Research Accomplishments!

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Civil Engineering Research Associate Recognized as One of 2018 Most Influential People

Frances Griffith recognized as one of the Most Influential People in the Concrete Industry in 2018.

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Julian Stewart, Civil Alumni & Longtime Benefactor, Passes Away

Julian Stewart, one of the University of Arkansas' most active alumni volunteers, passed away on Christmas, surrounded by loved ones.

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Civil Engineering Students Awarded Scholarships to Improve Arkansas Highways

The Arkansas Good Roads programs awarded scholarships to Colton Horn, senior from Subiaco, and Kevin Weston, junior from Benton.

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Director of CTTP Leads Committee to 2018 Blue Ribbon Award

Stacy Williams, director of the Center for Training Transportation Professionals, led outreach committee to TRB 2018 Blue Ribbon Award

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Hernandez Awarded Young Professional of the Year

Sarah Hernandez awarded the MOVITE Young Professional of the Year Award