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Welcome to CEEM

Welcome to the University of Arizona department of civil engineering and engineering mechanics. As our mission statement affirms,

We are committed to work together and with our constituencies to provide a quality educational experience for our students, to pursue excellence in research and to serve the profession, state and nation.

Discover how CEEM is the place to start your career as an engineer.


CEEM Students Take 1st in PSWC Design-Build/Construction Competition

On April 7, members of the new UA chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America joined forces with the UA chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers to dominate the 2017 PSWC Design-Build/Construction competition at the ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference in Irvine, California. This was the first time the event was offered at PSWC, ASCE's regional conference for 18 student groups in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. The competition (PDF) required a 24-page report with project...

Researcher's Traffic Startup Smooths Traffic Snarls

Most people are aggravated by waiting in line at the amusement park, but associate professor Yi-Chang Chiu was inspired. The park's policy of granting visitors ride passes for later entry – reducing line wait times – intrigued the transportation engineer. Could similar technology give commuters incentives to help improve traffic flow? Chiu developed the Metropia mobile app, which gives commuters advanced traffic-prediction and vehicle-routing technology so that they can make choices to help...

Design Day 2017: The Next Big Thing, 100 Times Over

Engineering affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and at the University of Arizona's Engineering Design Day on May 1, more than 500 students – including six seniors from the UA Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics displaying their concrete canoe – inte​nd to prove it. The public is invited to see the displays in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and on the UA Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and to attend the awards ceremony in the ballroom from 4 to 5:...

CEEM Graduate Students Win 2017 GPSC Awards

Doctoral students Andisheh Ranjbari and Amin Ariannezhad were both honored by the University of Arizona Graduate and Professional Student Council at the 2017 GPSC Achievement Awards ceremony on April 5. Ranjbari received the University's Outstanding Teaching Assistant award in recognition of her excellent teaching practice and high level of dedication to students. Students praised her ability to explain technical concepts and her willingness, as one wrote, to be "always available to me when I...

Papajohn Shows Students the Business of Engineering

Last year, professor of practice Dean Papajohn and the American Society of Professional Estimators partnered to provide a unique test of engineering students' knowledge of the business side of the industry.  Papajohn, who leads the CEEM construction engineering management emphasis and established the new University of Arizona design-build team, invited ASPE to the UA campus to hold an 11th Hour Bid Simulation – a nearly day-long, hands-on simulation that mimics the engineering project bid...

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