Welcome to Civil Engineering

Civil Engineers Shape our World

Civil Engineers contribute to society and economy in numerous areas: Infrastructure, Bridges, Buildings, Transportation System, Environment, Autonoums Vehicles, Earthquake Design, Data Science, and many others.  That's why civil engineers spend their days analyzing the stuff most of us take for granted—like how to reduce pollution, strengthen bridges or improve roadways. They literally shape the world we live in.



Why Choose Civil Engineering (CE)
at the University of Memphis?

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The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis is well known for its top-notch academic program, cutting-edge and community-based research, and welcoming environment. In the UofM CE program, students have it all – a comprehensive learning experience in a large urban university and a small, close-knit community in the Herff College of Civil Engineering and the CE major. Our highly respected faculty engage students not just in their courses, but also in their research – even at the undergraduate level! Through the CE program, students develop valuable skills that improve life in our communities by:

  • Environmental Engineering;
  • Earthquake Engineering - designing bridges and building to withstand earthquakes;
  • Protecting our drinking water supply;
  • Ensuring safe routes to school;
  • Facilitating the safe and efficient transport of goods throughout the country;
  • Reducing pollution in our streams and rivers;
  • Designing sustainable roads and bridges and buildings for the future.

Learn more about our program from our students and graduates and why you should consider joining our Tiger family!

For a visit of the Department, please contact Dr. Shahram Pezeshk, Chair (spezeshk@memphis.edu).


Join Our Team

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering:


Environmental Engineering:

The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis is seeking to hire a tenure-track faculty in civil engineering at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Applicants with backgrounds in all areas of environmental engineering are encouraged to apply, but areas of particular interest include water chemistry, physical and chemical processes, emerging contaminants, contaminant fate, and transport, environmental sustainability, advanced water, and wastewater treatment processes, and urban water challenges.

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering or a closely related field and must demonstrate a clear potential for creative, interdisciplinary, and independent research that would lead to a strong, externally funded research program with national and international recognition. Candidates are expected to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applicants must submit their application through https://workforum.memphis.edu. Click on the full-time faculty menu to find the Civil Engineering posting. Applications must include a letter detailing personal qualifications and experience related to the position, a comprehensive curriculum vitae, a statement on your teaching philosophy and another on research, and contact information (name, mailing address, phone number, and email address) of three to five professional references. Screening of applications will begin on December 15, 2022, and may continue until the position is filled. Please contact Dr. Shahram Pezeshk (spezeshk@memphis.edu) if you have any questions.

All qualified applicants are urged to apply for this position. The appointment will be based on qualifications as they relate to the position requirements without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a veteran.


2022 Recipient of Dr. T.S. Wu Award

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Sean Borwick was recently awarded the Dr. T. S. Wu Award by the Department of Civil Engineering! While at Herff, Sean was the Captain of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Seismic Design Team, a Peer Tutor for the Herff College of Engineering, and the Conference Coordinator for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter. Currently, Sean is working for the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) on a multi-state seismic hazard mitigation project. Beginning in the autumn of 2023, Sean will begin pursuing a master's degree in civil engineering in Japan on a MEXT Scholarship, researching earthquake hazard management at the University of Tokyo. Ultimately, Sean plans to obtain a Ph.D. and pursue professorship.

From Sean Borwick:

My favorite memory while at Herff was easily the EERI trip to San Diego for the 2020 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. I discovered my passion for earthquake engineering there. I made a lot of friends both during the trip and in the months of preparation before it, and through the experience I also got to explore a side of structural engineering not often represented in depth at the undergraduate level. It was also my first time seeing the Pacific Ocean--I'll never forget that sunset! 

I'd like to thank all my professors. Every one of them was stellar, and I'm grateful for the diversity of perspectives on the discipline of civil engineering they have given me. I'd like especially to give thanks to Dr. Pezeshk, for his guidance in my academics and research; to Profe Meier, for his inspiring dedication to engineering pedagogy; and to Dr. P, for the wisdom he furnished me in the toughest times of my college career. Someday, I hope to become a professor who does the same for all my students as they have done for me. 

To my fellow Herff students, the best piece of advice I can give is this: you live in an extraordinary time in human history with unprecedented access to higher education. Modern society has carved out four years, just for you, where you might attend college and dedicate yourself to becoming educated and articulate. Squeeze every drop out of those four years. Edify yourself by joining clubs, pursuing internships, and taking on new responsibilities. Learn to speak, to write, and to solve problems, and come out of these four years with more than a piece of paper. Don't waste a moment!


2022 Recipient of Dr. Thomas S. Fry Award

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Zachary Wilson (pictured above) and Robert Amundson (not pictured)

The Dr. Thomas S. Fry Award is presented to the graduating student who has demonstrated academic achievement with a minimum of the last 60 credit hours of coursework at The University of Memphis, and who has earned the highest GPA.


2022 Recipient of Dr. Fred H. Kellogg Award

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Robert Amundson

The Dr. Fred H. Kellogg Award is presented annually to the student graduating in that academic year, who, in the opinion of the faculty, is most likely to be an outstanding professional engineer.  In selecting the recipient, the faculty will consider a combination of academic performance, demonstrated design capability, and those qualities of leadership, personality, and character that will contribute to the successful practice of Civil Engineering.

View Previous Award Recipients here