The first course in civil engineering at the University of Virginia was offered in 1833 within the School of Mathematics and was considered a pioneering venture. A School of Civil Engineering was officially begun three years later in the 1836-1837 school year, with teaching duties shared by just two professors. Classes were held in the Rotunda, there was very little equipment and a renovated attic served as the one and only lab.
We’ve come a long way since then, I’m happy to say.
Today, we have a vibrant program, educating leaders in civil and environmental engineering, and conducting high quality, meaningful research that enhances sustainable infrastructure that supports our communities here in Virginia, and globally. Our undergraduate students can be found in our hands-on laboratories, developing their knowledge in 4th-year capstone design projects, and contributing their skills in community projects in developing countries. Our graduate students use state-of-the-art equipment to conduct collaborative research published in top archival journals. We have an active, diverse faculty with a strong student-focus working closely with our students.
I invite you to visit the pages of this site to learn more about where we are and where we are headed. We welcome your inquiries, whether you are a prospective undergraduate student, a parent, a prospective graduate student or a graduate of the department interested in reconnecting with us.
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Brian L. Smith, P.E.
Professor and Chair