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.

Many have wondered if living in a predominantly man-made urban environment makes us less vulnerable to autoimmune disease than living in close connection with nature.

Last fall, Mario Andretti expertly piloted a Lotus 79 Cosworth around the 20 turns comprising the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), the newly constructed racetrack which hosted the inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin.

High above a community of villagers, Nepal's Imja Lake rises quietly each year, expanding its reach in both directions as ice melts from the more than 23,000-foot-tall glacier towering beside it.

In July 2012, two University of Texas at Austin faculty members were honored at the White House with the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Associate Professor Carlos Caldas focuses on essential challenges related to data, information, and knowledge management in construction engineering and project management, which have far-reaching implications and benefits to our society.