Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering (CAE) at Lawrence Tech enjoys an excellent reputation with 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.


Civil Engineering

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.

Architectural Engineering



LTU prof gets grant to train small construction firms on COVID safety 

Lawrence Technological University is offering free COVID-19 safety training to construction firms with fewer than 100 employees under a grant from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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MDOT, LTU research into carbon fiber bridges gains national recognition 

A decades-long effort by Lawrence Technological University and the Michigan Department of Transportation to double the lifespan of highway bridges has been recognized as one of the 16 highest-value transportation research projects in the nation.

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Lawrence Tech sets National Engineers Week activities 

Lawrence Technological University will begin its celebration of National Engineers Week on Monday, Feb. 17 with a 12:30 p.m. lecture on space technology by Todd Barber, senior propulsion engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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Regional Stormwater Summit Event

Regional Stormwater Summit Friday highlights water management challenges, opportunities 

Lawrence Technological University will host the seventh annual Regional Stormwater Summit Friday, Oct. 4 on campus.

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LTU group in South Africa to learn about architecture with recycled materials 

On Saturday, July 20, a team of two faculty members, four students, and five recent alumni of Lawrence Technological University departed for South Africa on a three-week trip to design and construct maker spaces, community centers, schools and other much-needed work using materials previously considered almost worthless.

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