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.





  • Architectural Engineering K thru 12 Outreach

    Architectural Engineering sponsored the STEM Middle School Team 1 of Dearborn's entry for the ESD'S Future City Competition.The group won in the 2017 Michigan Regional Future City Competition catagory of "Architectural Engineering of an Integrated, High Performing City".The Engineering Society of Detroit is a exceptonal partner to LTU's AE Program's commitment to K thru 12 education.

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    Feb 3

    LTU math, civil engineering, biomedical engineering programs ranked by Best Value Schools

    Several programs at Lawrence Technological University have been rated among the Best Value Small College programs by the college ranking website Best Value Schools for 2017. Lawrence Tech was ranked No. 9 in the nation for civil engineering, No. 10 for biomedical engineering, and No. 11 for its mathematics program. F...

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    Jan 31

  • LTU study finds 'tow plows' will clear snowy roads faster

    LTU study finds 'tow plows' will clear snowy roads faster

    With winter driving season just ahead, there’s hope that new technology can clear snow off roadways faster – and save taxpayers money. A research report developed by Lawrence Technological University faculty says the state could shave almost $5 million off its annual snowplowing bill by deploying tow plo...

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    Nov 28

    Stopping urban flooding and pollution: experts talk stormwater management at LTU

    stormwater management at LTU

    What does Michigan do with the extra water that comes from heavy rainfall events that now seem to flood the area every few years? Nearly 300 government officials, engineers and infrastructure experts gathered Friday at Lawrence Technological University to continue the effort to figure that out. The fourth annual Re...

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    Oct 10

  • LTU Hosts Fourth Annual Stormwater Summit Oct. 7

    Southeast Michigan’s Fourth Annual Stormwater Summit, organized by Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash and Pure Oakland Water Will take place at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield on Friday, Oct. 7.Stakeholders attending the conference represent local, county and state government, bu...

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    Oct 3

    Grant has LTU prof organizing green infrastructure for Great Lakes


    A Lawrence Technological University professor is working with government officials to make stormwater management systems greener and more sustainable for communities across the Great Lakes.

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    Sep 29

 VIDEO - Civil Engineering Controlled Burn on Campus

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