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The Student Steel Bridge Competition is a competition sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  At the college level, students work together to design, fabricate, build, and test a scale model steel bridge.  Lawrence Tech competed in last year's competition at Ohio Northern University and took 3rd place after not having a team since 2009.  This year’s regional competition is being held at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan and the National competition will be held at the University of Washington in Seattle Washington.  Check in for regular updates on our progress!

Welcome to the
Department of Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering has a long and distinguished history among the engineering disciplines.  Although the term “civil engineer” may not have been used at the time, civil engineers designed and constructed the Pyramids, the Roman aqueducts, and the Great Wall of China.  Today, civil engineers are involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of the infrastructure that surrounds us as well as the clean-up and preservation of our natural and man-made environment.  As our nation’s infrastructure continues to age and deteriorate and our environment becomes more vulnerable, civil engineers will be expected to come up with innovative ways to repair and replace the infrastructure and to preserve our environment for future generations.  To accomplish this, civil engineers must be able to combine a strong technical background in math and science with excellent communication skills to educate and interact with decision makers, the construction trades, and the general public.

In addition to being steeped in history and tradition, civil engineering is also one of the broadest and most diverse engineering disciplines.  It includes construction engineering and management, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulics and hydrological engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering.  Job opportunities for civil engineers exist at all levels of government and with a variety of consulting engineering firms and corporations, architectural and planning organizations, and in private practice.

The demand for civil engineers continues to be strong. Many current practitioners in the profession are nearing retirement age at a time when there is a growing demand for infrastructure replacement, improvement, or expansion.  As a result, opportunities in the field are projected to remain at high levels for the foreseeable future.

The Civil Engineering Department at Lawrence Technological University provides students with the necessary skills to immediately contribute to the improvement of the nation’s infrastructure and environment and the overall quality of life for our society.  At the undergraduate level, students can work toward a traditional bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a dual degree in architecture and civil engineering.  At the graduate level, the department offers three master’s degree programs:  Master of Civil Engineering, Master of Science in Civil Engineering, and Master of Construction Engineering Management. 

The links on this page provide more details about the programs and ongoing activities of our department.  If you have questions that are not answered here, or if you are interested in applying to one of our programs, feel free to contact the department at (248) 204-2545.

Department Chair
Nabil Grace, Ph.D., P.E.