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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)
  • 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 engineering prof wins early career award to study preventing electrical accidents 

Ahmed Al-Bayati, assistant professor of civil and architectural engineering at Lawrence Technological University, has been named a winner of the Thomas Glavinich ELECTRI International 2021 Early Career Award.

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LTU, MDOT call carbon fiber bridge test a smashing success 

Lawrence Technological University and the Michigan Department of Transportation conducted a breakthrough test Monday in their efforts to build longer-lasting bridges with carbon fiber strands instead of steel for reinforcement.

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Aug. 9 event at LTU to highlight Michigan's leadership in advanced bridge infrastructure 

Bridges that are more durable, with up to a 100-year service life, will be the focus of a visit by federal, state and local officials to Lawrence Technological University’s Center for Innovative Materials Research (CIMR) on Monday, Aug. 9.

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Lawrence Tech to host weeklong seminar on limiting underground utility damage 

Inadvertent damage to underground utilities—buried gas, water, sewer, and electric lines—is a $30-billion-a-year problem in the United States Soon, a weeklong workshop hosted by Lawrence Technological University will explore how to solve the problem and cut that price tag.

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LTU professor works to limit underground utility damage 

Research from Ahmed Al-Bayati, assistant professor of civil and architectural engineering, was cited in the 2019 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) report, issued in October by the Common Ground Alliance, a nonprofit founded in 2000 to prevent damage to underground infrastructure.

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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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