UT Tyler Department of Civil Engineering
Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Tyler. The program was established in 2005 and offers a bachelor of science in civil engineering (BSCE) degree and a master of science in civil engineering (MSCE) degree. We had our first graduating class of 10 undergraduate students and 2 graduate students in May 2008. We are a young but rapidly growing department with over 100 students and counting. We take great pride in developing future civil engineers for East Texas as well as the nation. Civil engineers are the infrastructure builders, and East Texas is rapidly growing and becoming a location of choice by many industries that will require the services of many new civil engineers for years to come.The most important accomplishment during 2008 for our students was a very successful accreditation visit from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Although results will not be official until the Aug-Sept 2009 timeframe, the program received results which favorably indicate that it will receive a 6-year ABET accreditation. This result is rather unusual for brand new programs receiving their first accreditation visit, and the faculty and students deserve all of the credit. The entire faculty team worked extremely hard to put in place all of the multiple assessment systems and tough demanding assignments that properly demonstrated the accomplishment of the program outcomes by our wonderful students. This is just the start for this program as we continue to offer the best civil engineering education and research in East Texas.
Our undergraduate program, which complies with the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge, provides at least one course within each of the seven traditional sub-disciplines of civil engineering: surveying, construction management, hydrology, geotechnical, structural, environmental, and transportation. Most students will take a second course in five of the areas as well as a technical elective. The keystone of the program is the two-semester senior design experience that tackles a real design project that is scheduled to be built in the near future. The students start with meeting the actual client to develop a functionality/requirement list for the new civil engineering structure. During the design experience the students make presentations to the client at the 35 percent and 100 percent submittals. The ABET program evaluator, the external advisory committee, and a number of local engineering firms asked to comment on the design process have all highly praised the process and products being produced by these future civil engineers. They wish that all of their hires had this type of experience.
The graduate program provides the depth component of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge in four sub-disciplines: Environmental, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources. For those students looking to complete research and a thesis, each faculty member is establishing a strong research program within their expertise and is looking for students desiring to conduct research within their areas. Current research efforts are: Environmental (air quality, storm run-off), Structural (non-destructive testing, fire behavior, settlement of foundation soils), Transportation (transportation planning, traffic operations, network modeling), and Water Resources (water demand modeling, water pipe renewal, dam breach analysis). All faculty are actively involved or seeking research involvement with TxDOT and TxAIRE.
Our students are being prepared to be leaders within civil engineering whether it is research and development, graduate study, or practice as professional engineers. Additionally, the student civil engineering club has already established itself as an award winning group of young people by taking second place in the State of Texas in the concrete canoe competition during the programs first year of participation in the competition. The provided links to our degree programs provide program templates, flow charts, course descriptions and syllabi.
Our department takes pride in maintaining the small school atmosphere you feel as you step onto our beautiful campus, and our caring faculty have expanded office hours that support close interaction during the course of your study here at UT Tyler. We have as a member of the 2006 ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Award winner as well as most faculty have attended the national renowned ExCEEd Teaching Workshop. The new state-of-the-art Ratliff Engineering and Science Building Complex just adds to the legacy the civil engineering program can provide for each student that joins us on the journey to becoming a civil engineer. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. Better yet, come by and pull up a chair and visit awhile, and see for yourself what the civil engineering program and the civil engineering profession have to offer you!
Dr. Torey Nalbone
Associate Professor and Chair,
Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management
Ph.D., Texas A&M Univesity