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.

Robert Gilbert, professor of geotechnical engineering, recently received the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching.

Construction engineering and project management assistant professor Fernanda Leite was recently featured in Engineering News-Record in an article on women in construction.

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.

Monitoring landslide movements provides useful information that can potentially prevent catastrophic loss of life and property, and assists in the development of guidelines for sustainable land use planning.

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.