Chair Welcome

Chair Welcome

Dr. Michael E. Barber, Professor and Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CvEEN) at the University of Utah! We are happy that you have come to find out more about Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering. Our faculty and staff are eager to share their cutting-edge research and innovative solutions for the problems that we are experiencing today. I encourage you to reach out to the faculty and staff about the academic programs and learn more about what we can do to help you have a fulling career within engineering.

Our main campus is located in Salt Lake City where we provide undergraduate and graduate opportunities in advancing the smartness, resiliency, and sustainability of civil infrastructure systems. Our students are exposed to theories and practical implementation in areas ranging from aviation systems to wastewater systems, critical infrastructure projects including bridges, buildings, environmental restoration, nuclear energy roadways, and water systems. Our ABET-accredited undergraduate curriculum begins with common core classes providing foundations in environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources.  Technical electives provide our undergraduates the opportunity to expand their knowledge in these areas and allows them to become productive professionals.

The Department recently added a degree in Construction Engineering to better meet the needs of the Utah community. Our students will complete courses in engineering fundamentals such as structural principles, site analysis, foundations, computer-assisted design, along with construction courses related to contracting, project management, graphic communications, and applicable laws and regulations. The program is not currently ABET accredited but we hope to get the accreditation as soon as we are able. Students who are interested in both Civil and Construction Engineering have the opportunity to complete both with one additional semester of coursework.

The faculty are working with undergraduate and graduate students in creating transformative research that solves real-world problems. They have research funding through various sources at state, national, and international levels with funding over $9 million dollars in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

I hope you can find information on the exciting careers that the CvEEN Department provides to you. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our academic advisors as they are here to help you determine what is best for your career goals.