Department of civil + architectural engineering


The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering (CAE) at Lawrence Tech enjoys an excellent reputation with local employers for its excellent engineering program. According to the annual U.S. News & World Report survey of best colleges for 2016, Lawrence Tech's Civil Engineering program is ranked fifth nationally among universities offering bachelor's and master's degrees.

The department 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), Lighting-Electrical and Daylighting Lab, Hydraulics/Hydrology Lab, Environmental Lab, Civil Engineering Computer Lab, Geotechnical and Materials Lab.

One of the key strengths of our program is the small class size taught by active and engaged faculty, not teaching assistants. Another uniqueness is the inclusion of problem base learning (PBL) and Active Collaborative Learning (ACL) with the participation of practicing engineers from local engineering firms as industrial mentors for project teams. These industry mentors are also potential future employers for our graduates. With a strong emphasis on “Leadership through Theory and Practice” along with internship experience, our graduate engineers are known to hit the ground running with employers.

From roads to bridges and water distribution systems to seawalls, civil engineers build and maintain the infrastructure upon which our economy thrives. Civil engineering is one of the top 10 careers for job growth, and LTU can prepare you to enter this vital profession like no other program in Michigan. You’ll explore the latest technologies in state-of-the-art labs, such as the Center for Innovative Materials Research, one of the most unique and advanced research facilities in the world. Guided by professors with international industry expertise, you can pursue studies in construction, environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation and water resources engineering.





  • LTU civil engineering students in competition this weekend at MSU


    Teams of collegiate engineers from across Lawrence Technological University will build a 21-foot steel bridge inside Michigan State University's Breslin Center and racing a concrete canoe around Lansing’s Hawk Island Park during the American Society of Civil Engineers 2016 North Central Student Conference, April 7-9.

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    Apr 4

    LTU's High-Tech Parking Lot Part of White House Water Summit

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    A new water runoff control system in a parking lot at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield is among the water quality improvement projects that will be showcased at the White House Water Summit Tuesday, March 22.

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    Mar 11

  • Three LTU Students Named National University Innovation Fellows

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    Three students from Lawrence Technological University are among 155 students from 47 higher education institutions nationwide who have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). 800x600

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    Mar 1

    LTU will test innovative drainage system for parking lots

    Lawrence Technological University (LTU) will be the first of several test sites around the country for an innovative drainage system for parking lots that is expected to significantly reduce stormwater runoff, a major source of water pollution. 

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    Jan 1

 VIDEO - Civil Engineering Controlled Burn on Campus

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