Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Whether you are a prospective student, parent, alum, or employer, I think you will find a wealth of information about our degree programs, research, and service to the profession and community on our website.

We offer two ABET accredited undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BCE) degree and the Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (BENV) degree. Each of the degrees are designed to be completed in four years and build from a foundation of math and science. In the sophomore and junior years students are immersed in the engineering sciences, and begin to learn the basis for engineering design, analysis and synthesis. The senior year culminates with the entire class participating in a full year, national award winning, senior design capstone course. Although the economy has been sluggish in recent years, our graduates are in high demand and have had great success in finding jobs with many of the best engineering firms and government agencies across the country.

At the graduate level we offer three different Master's degrees (with thesis and non-thesis options) and two Ph.D. degrees. We also offer a very popular 4+1 program, which enables qualified juniors to begin working toward a Master's degree while they are seniors, with the intention of completing the graduate degree with just one additional year of study.

The CEE "family" is composed of 29 full time faculty who are engaged in teaching and research activities. At the end of the academic year, the combined freshmen class (both majors) in 2011-2012 was 128 students. Of that 75% were civil majors. In May 2012 we graduated 70 civil majors and 19 environmental majors; 20% percent of those graduates went on to full time graduate study. On average, our graduate student population is about 80 students, with about half being Master's and half being PhD students. Supporting our students and faculty are 12 full time very dedicated staff.

Our faculty are world class, both in the classroom and in the research laboratory. Nine CEE faculty have won College, University, or national teaching awards. In 2007, Professor Jack Puleo won three teaching awards, including the University's highest and a national award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. We take teaching seriously - and it shows. At the same time you will find faculty at the leading edge of their research fields. Whether this is in developing technologies to remove harmful viruses from drinking water, understanding the impacts of natural disasters on civil infrastructure systems, developing methods for intelligent compaction of soils for improved road construction, or developing methods for health monitoring of our aging infrastructure, CEE faculty are conducting transformative work that places them at the at the forefront of their fields. The quality and impact of their work is evident through the significant grants and awards they have received: seven CEE faculty have been awarded the NSF Career Award, the highest honor for junior untenured faculty; five senior faculty recently won prestigious national awards; and two faculty were awarded Fulbright Scholarships.

We have extremely talented students that excel not only in the classroom, but in the laboratory, in community service, professional activities, and on the athletic fields. Melissa Stewart, a 2010 graduate, presented her senior thesis research at the OGU Ocean Sciences Conference in Portland, Oregon this past year. Just a few years ago our steel bridge team won their regional competition and placed 12th out of 47 teams at the national competition in Florida. A team of students this year won the national Geo-Challenge with their design of a mechanically stabilized earth retaining wall. After winning their regional competition, a group of three seniors will travel to Vancouver this summer to compete in a national transportation engineering competition. Our students are also committed to using their skills and knowledge to help others - in the UD chapter of Engineers Without Borders where they have projects in Cameroon and Guatemala, and our chapter of Chi Epsilon completed a service project in Mississippi.

These are just some of the highlights of the many exciting things happening in our department. We invite you to explore our website further and to contact us if you have any questions. Applications for admission (undergraduate and graduate), course descriptions, and maps and directions to the department are available on line, as are directories for our faculty and staff. We encourage you to come and see for yourself the educational opportunities we have to offer, through either one of the University of Delaware's visitation weekends or a personally arranged tour.

Harry W. "Tripp" Shenton
Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering


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