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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).

2021 Recipient of Dr. Fred H. Kellogg Award

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Cooper Morris was recently awarded the Dr. Fred H. Kellogg Award by the Department of Civil Engineering! While at Herff, Cooper was the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter and the Captain of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Steel Bridge Team. Currently, Cooper is working for a civil engineering firm where he is progressing toward his Professional Engineering License. In the future, he plans to further his education by working towards a master’s degree.

From Cooper Morris:

My favorite memory was when our American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chapter was able to go to conference. It was great for all our members to travel to another university to compete and represent Herff. The amount of teamwork we exhibited in preparing for and participating in the conference was awesome to take part in and watch.

I would like to thank Dr. David Arellano for all he has done in assisting me in getting to where I am today. From the first days of freshman year where I was introduced to begin a research project, to providing guidance allowing for me to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate research.

At Herff, there are so many opportunities for everyone from student organizations to research. It is truly wonderful the wide variety of possibilities available, and it allows for every student to achieve the most success during their time in the college.

2021 Recipient of Thomas S. Fry Award

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Abdurahman Abdulhadi was recently awarded the Dr. Thomas S. Fry Award by the Department of Civil Engineering! While at Herff, Abdurahman was the Vice President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter and the Captain of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Seismic Design Team. Currently, Abdurahman is conducting research for his master’s degree and partly working for a civil engineering firm where he is progressing toward his Professional Engineering License.

From Abdurahman Abdulhadi:

My favorite memory while at Herff was being able to go to Vancouver, Canada, for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Seismic Design Competition (SDC). I learned a lot from this competition that I would not have learned otherwise. I am so proud that we won third place in the competition among 38 top universities across the world! We also were able to explore the city of Vancouver by hiking in the mountains to beautiful waterfalls and trying several local restaurants. I will never forget that it started snowing after we enjoyed a picnic at the bottom of a waterfall.

I want to thank all the civil engineering professors because every single one that I have worked with has taught me something invaluable. Professors have been a key to my success and have provided me with numerous opportunities such as research and Internships with civil engineering firms.

 

2021 Recipient of Dr. T.S. Wu Award

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Logan Nelson Sirbaugh was the recipient of the 2021 T.S. Wu Award.

From Logan Sirbaugh:

My favorite memory was volunteering with the elementary, middle, and high school students during Engineering Day. It is exciting to see the interest and dedication that the students are placing into Engineering paths. This allowed me to become more involved in the STEM Hub and K-12 programs.

I would like to thank Dr. Stephanie Ivey for all of her effort into helping me succeed. Dr. Ivey has given me the opportunity to work on various research projects in a variety of subject areas. This has allowed me to gain priceless professional contacts and opportunities that I would have never known existed. She has helped me to narrow down my career path and encouraged me to pursue my Master's degree. I would also like to thank all of the professors in the Civil Engineering department as they have been extremely helpful along the way. Each professor provides a different approach and outlook to education and career paths.
 
The Herff College of Engineering has provided me with numerous ways to become involved. I would suggest that all students become involved in student organizations. By becoming a member of the student organizations, it allows you to gain connections with students, faculty, and professionals.