Welcome from Edmund E. Yuen, Ph.D., P.E.,
Chair, Department of Civil Engineering 

emYuen-Portrait-2014-Feb.jpgAs our nation’s infrastructure continues to age and deteriorate, and our environment becomes more vulnerable, civil engineers are in demand and need to be trained to use innovative and sustainable methods to repair and replace the infrastructure and to preserve our environment for future generations. Future civil engineers must be educated and trained to combine a strong technical background in math, science and sustainable engineering coupled with excellent communication skills to educate and interact with decision makers, the construction industry, the general public and the global market. According to a recent article in CNN Money on Best Jobs in America, civil engineering ranks sixth with a projected job growth of 24 % in the next 10 years, while environmental engineering rank fifth with a projected growth of 31%

Best Jobs 2010 - from CNN.com

Why Civil Engineering at Lawrence Tech?

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Civil Engineering, let me welcome you to the only civil engineering program in the State of Michigan, and one of a few in the United States that has implemented the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Vision 2025 Roadmap) with its adoption of ASCE Book of Knowledge 2nd Edition (BOK2) in its accredited curriculum (http://content.asce.org/vision2025/index.html).

Civil Engineering at Lawrence Tech also houses the best teaching and research laboratories in Southeast Michigan with facilities such as the Center of Innovative Materials Research (CIMR), Structural Test Lab Center (STLC), the Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute (GLSMI), Hydraulics/Hydrology Lab, Environmental Lab, C.E. Computer Lab, Geotechnical and C.E. Materials Lab.

The civil engineering program at Lawrence Tech is committed to providing its students with the highest quality education by offering a civil engineering program based on BOK2 designed to embrace the civil engineering tradition as one of the broadest and most diverse engineering disciplines. In doing so the program also strives to meet Lawrence Technological University’s guiding principle of “Leadership Through Theory and Practice” and ASCE Vision 2025.

In addition to the engineering fields of construction, environmental, geotechnical, hydraulics, hydrology, structural, transportation surveying and land measurement, the civil engineering program at Lawrence Tech also emphasizes sustainable design, green engineering, infrastructure management and leadership training. One of the key strength of our program is the small class size taught by active and engaged faculty, not teaching assistants. Another uniqueness of our program is the inclusion of practicing engineers from the local engineering firms as industrial mentors for the senior project teams. This has been implemented with student teams meeting industrial mentors at the start of their project to identify project’s feasibility and scope. These industry mentors are also potential future employers for our graduates when they return to evaluate their final senior project deliverables.

The engineering degrees options available include a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering; a Dual Civil and Architecture Engineering; a Dual Civil and Mechanical Engineering; a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Construction Engineering Management. Students also have the unique option to get a certificate in Entrepreneurship in addition to their engineering degree. This is designed to meet industry’s need for engineers who not only possess the technical skills of an engineering degree, but who also have a background in business practices.

Where do our graduates work and what companies hire them ?

You have many paths to consider when choosing civil engineering as a career. You can consider structural, environmental, geotechnical, water resources, construction, transportation, or surveying. A very useful resource to learn more about careers in civil engineering is Sloan Career Cornerstone (http://www.careercornerstone.org/civileng/civileng.htm).  Civil Engineering at Lawrence Tech has a strong reputation for producing graduates that are competitive and stand out amongst the crowd and employers prefer to hire our graduates.

Our civil engineering graduates work for a variety of different companies. We've had great opportunities with civil engineering students working as co-ops or interns and able to continue with the same employer or become employable for other companies. A sample of places where many of our students work is DTE Energy, Bechtel, Kiewit, Walbridge, and SSOE, Inc., Barton Malow; Hubbell Roth and Clark; NTH; Skanska; SME, OHM, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), TARDEC, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others.

Please navigate our Civil Engineering department’s web site to learn more about the exciting and dynamic student activities such as the concrete canoe and current state of the art C.E. faculty research in partnership with local industries. If you have any questions or wish to have a personalized tour of our facility, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 248.204.2545 or by e-mail at eyuen@ltu.edu