Teaching and research are linked: the skills and leading edge technology utilized in research projects are transferred to students in the classrooms and laboratories.
The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering operates environmental, geotechnical, materials, hydraulics, structures and transportation laboratories in Cyber Hall, the North Engineering Research Center (NERC), and the South Engineering Research Center (SERC). The Department also maintains two Senior Design Studios equipped with the latest computer-aided design software for students enrolled in CE 401/402/405 and CE 403/404/406 Capstone Senior Design Project.
Major research topics include pre-project planning for construction projects, evacuation routing during emergencies, contaminants in wet-weather flows, affordable housing through engineering and manufacturing innovation, and the potential safety enhancements of seat belts in school buses.
Specialized Research Units
The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering also directs four specialized research units:
- Center for Sustainable Infrastructure
- Center for Water Quality Research
- Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research
- Center for Transportation Operations, Planning and Safety