Department Head Welcome


Thank you for your interest in the University of Arizona Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Our programs offer opportunities that can launch or advance careers for students at all levels. Our relatively small programs provide wonderful personalized education with our faculty, who are outstanding scholars and award-winning teachers.

Undergraduate Programs

We deliver a broad fundamental curriculum to our civil engineering undergraduates that ensures our graduates are well-versed across the discipline and prepared to address emerging problems in our industry and society. 

Our junior-level required courses have fewer than 50 students, and elective class enrollments are often in the teens. We apply novel collaborative learning techniques in our basic engineering science courses, with proven performance improvement.  Our passing rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is consistently well above the national average.  An accelerated master's (4+1) program is available to our undergraduates.

Around 40 students graduate from our program per year, and we are growing with the Arizona economy. Last fall, 38 firms and agencies attended the department's student-run career night, seeking interns and candidates for full-time positions. 

In fall 2017, we begin accepting sophomores into our new architectural engineering degree program, only the fourth such program west of Texas. 

A key part of both the civil and architectural engineering programs is our construction engineering management emphasis. In four short years, we have dramatically improved connections with industry and job placement for our students. 

Graduate Programs

Our research expertise covers the spectrum of civil engineering disciplines, leading the field in dynamic traffic simulation, sediment transport, design and health monitoring of structures, FRP materials, and infrastructure resilience. Funding comes from national, state and local agencies, public foundations, and private companies.

Five of our faculty have won National Science Foundation Young Investigator Awards, and two have received American Society of Civil Engineers Huber Prizes. We also boast two ASCE Distinguished Members. 

As a result, our graduate program is ranked 40th out of 141 civil engineering graduate programs in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report – even as the second-smallest department in the top 50.   Our group of 10 research faculty produced 35 ISI journal publications in 2016.

We have been accredited as a testing laboratory for fiber-reinforced polymer materials, conducting a large-scale testing regime.

Going Global – and Digital

To help fill the need for qualified civil engineers in Cambodia, we will begin a dual degree program in fall 2017 with the American University of Phnom Penh that mirrors our bachelor's degree in civil engineering. This program also opens opportunities for UA undergraduates to spend one semester or more abroad in Phnom Penh while continuing on pace toward their degrees.

At the same time, we are launching the Advanced Transportation Engineering Certificate from Soochow and Tongji universities. To our knowledge, this joint graduate program is the first of its kind. 

We will have online graduate offerings in geotechnical engineering, engineering mechanics and structures in spring 2018.

Building the Future

Our department is in a growth mode, expanding with multiple unique initiatives. We invite you to browse our site to learn about specific opportunities that suit your needs, or contact us at We are excited about our direction and welcome a chance to talk to you about how you fit in.

Bear Down,

Kevin Lansey


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University of Arizona College of Engineering