Vision & Mission


A collaborative hub where leading civil engineering research serves the needs of a broad array of disciplines and where innovations in other fields are applied to enrich civil engineering research and practice.


Research Mission

Provide knowledge and tools that enable civil engineering to evolve away from empirical ad hoc approaches into strategies based on scientifically grounded analysis, using fundamental mechanics, integrating uncertainty, and navigating the conflicting objectives inherent in successful civil engineering design.

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Educational Mission

Inspire the leaders of tomorrow to take on the challenge of creating and sustaining the built environment that underpins our society. Enable these leaders with fundamental engineering knowledge, a broad set of skills, and an inquisitive attitude. In partnership with the many disciplines that makeup the civil engineering field, and in the face of uncertain information, as well as ever-changing needs, risks, and constraints – create engineers who successfully adapt and innovate solutions for the built environment.

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Service Mission

Graduate students with an appreciation for the importance of service to their professions and to their communities.  The Department provides experiences that cultivate a sense of commitment to others so that we graduate not only qualified professionals, but also dedicated members of their communities who actively seek opportunities to improve the lives of those around them.

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