Chair's Message

J.P. Mohsen,Ph.D.Chair Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Greetings from the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. 2016 was a successful year in research. The CEE research productivity at over 2.8 million dollars was the second highest among all Speed School departments for FY 16 in research awards based on PI. We also had an increase in our journal publications. We were also able to create two new research labs located in the Lower Level of W.S. Speed. This was made possible partly due to the generosity of several of our alumni who donated towards the completion of one of these labs. 

Our department continues to offer CEE students the opportunity to participate in the International Service Learning Program. CEE offers two courses, one taught by Dr. Mark French that goes to the Philippines, and the other to Botswana, Africa which I teach. 

We continue to hold the Networking Recruiting Event (NRE) – our eleventh annual NRE took place on September 29, 2016. If your company was not among the ones represented, I hope to see you next year at the event. You can read more about the event or register for the event here.

The job market for civil engineers is currently very strong. This was indicated by the number of civil engineering firms that participated in the NRE in 2016. Even though our Ph.D. program is currently strong, the undergraduate enrollment, however, has remained flat for the last three years, both locally and nationally. Based on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment outlook for civil engineering is projected to grow 8% from 2014 to 2024. This translates to an average of over 10,000 civil engineers per year through 2024. This is twice the projection for all other engineering fields, which is projected to be 4% for the same period of time.

The United Nations published 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Among other things, they deal with reduction of poverty, quality education for all, good health and well-being, clean water and sanitation, sustainable cities and communities. Civil and Environmental engineers are in the forefront of contributing to the achievement of many of these goals. Civil engineers around the globe are working to find ways to provide clean water and sanitation to people in various developing parts of the world. One major contribution to reduction of poverty would be to transport people to where the jobs are and civil engineers can contribute in terms of designing and improving public transportation networks. The examples of how civil engineers can, and do, contribute to improving lives around the globe are endless. We need to make sure that the new generation of college students realize the relevance of the civil engineering profession and consider civil engineering as a career. We need your help in spreading the word.

We will have an ABET accreditation visit in 2018 and need your help in providing feedback regarding the CE Program Mission and CE Educational Objectives. 

Please stay in touch and do not hesitate to come visit if you are in the neighborhood.

Best regards,


J.P. Mohsen, Ph.D.
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