Greetings from The Chair

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Dr. Zhihui Sun

It is indeed my honor to welcome everyone to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department! As lots of you may already know that we launched the new school year with a completely new departmental webpage! Please spend some time exploring the website to learn more about our programs.

We offer four degree programs and three certificate programs. Our BS in Civil Engineering program provides you with a unique curriculum consists of fundamental and advanced courses in various subdisciplines of civil engineering, three full semesters of cooperative work experience, and a capstone design project. Qualified students may apply for direct admission to our Master of Engineering program to get their master’s degrees in one additional year. Both BS and MEng in in Civil Engineering programs are ABET accredited. We also offer MS and PhD in Civil Engineering programs. In both MEng and MS degree programs, students can choose thesis or non-thesis options. Our MS program is offered both on-campus and on-line. We are very proud of our MS Online program, which as recognized by The Best Schools as the top 14 MS Online programs in Civil Engineering nationwide. Our PhD program provides students with abundant opportunities to perform cutting-edge researches on relative Civil Engineering topics. Under the guidance of our award-winning faculty, students often disseminate their research findings through journal publications and conference presentations. Other than the degree programs, the CEE department also offers three graduate certificate programs in Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering (on-line), and Transportation Engineering (on-line).

The CEE department has twelve faculty and three research institutes. Our faculty are recognized nationally and internationally in structural, geo, transportation, and water resources. Our faculty has received many professional honors and has brought in research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, American Society of Civil Engineers, as well as many state and local funding agencies. With the research funds, our faculty supports both undergraduate and graduate researches with full commitment to the training and education of our students.

Our department also hosts the hydraulics lab, concrete lab, structural lab, geo lab, transportation lab, and advanced material analytical lab to meet the needs in both teaching and research. We keep upgrading our laboratory facilities each year. Thanks to the generosity of the Dahlem family, this year we are in the process of renovating our structural lab. The remodeled structural lab will be equipped with a servo-controlled large-scale structural testing system to support both teaching and research.

We also have two student chapters within the department. The Civil Engineering student chapter of the national ASCE organization, is open to all students and it is administered and operated by the students majoring in Civil Engineering. University of Louisville’s Chapter of Chi Epsilon (XE) is part of the National Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society and it is by invite only. Both chapters are well connected with the ASCE Louisville Branch and the KSPE Louisville Chapter. Our student chapters often help the community by partnering with the ASCE professional branch or working with community outreach assistance organizations. The ASCE student chapter members also attend the ASCE Regional Student Conference for the Ohio Valley region competition. Our ASCE student chapter is often recognized by KY and national ASCE for the Outstanding Student Chapter Awards. This year, Abby Miles, the past ASCE student chapter president, was presented the Outstanding Student Leadership Award by the National ASCE Committee on Student Members.

Our student population is growing every year. As we keep growing, we will continue to graduate high quality undergraduates and graduates in Civil Engineering. I would like to highly encourage everyone who is interested in this discipline to contact our faculty, staff, and myself. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,
Zhihui Sun, Ph.D.