Civil and Environmental Engineering

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  • — our research —

    Faculty are active in many diverse areas of research including transportation and planning, structural analysis and design, earthquake engineering, treatment and supply of drinking water, mathematical modeling, quantitative geochemistry, pollution prevention and industrial waste treatment, and more.

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    — our faculty —

    The Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department is the home of renowned faculty members with considerable research and industrial experience in their fields. The faculty members are fully committed to excellence in teaching, research and service to the CEE profession. Their expertise covers the different CEE disciplines including structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, transportation engineering and environmental engineering.

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    — our programs —

    Undergraduate and graduate programs within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering educate and train leaders in the fields of construction and engineering design, environmental protection, and resource management.

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  • — our publications —

    Faculty members in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering publish their research in their disciplines’ top journals. Technical specialties include environmental, transportation, geotechnical, and structural engineering.  In the past three years, tenure-track faculty members have published over 30 peer reviewed journal articles and have presented 16 conference papers.

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    — courses —

    The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department offers undergraduate and graduate courses which serve as core and elective courses in the curricula of the different degrees offered by the Department.

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    — labs —

    CEE departmental teaching and research laboratories are located in the state-of-the-art J. Lindsay Embrey Building, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold building.  Laboratories include dedicated space for fate and transport modeling of contaminants, soil and water chemistry, fluid mechanics and hydraulics, transportation modeling, structural analysis and geotechnical engineering.

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  • — advisory board —

    The Advisory Board, appointed by the Department Chair, comprised of senior-level corporate leaders who have the experience and vision to help guide strategic directives for the department. 

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    — mission & objectives —

    The mission of the CEE department is to achieve excellence in teaching, conduct basic and applied research, encourage lifelong learning by providing opportunities for professional development, and provide exemplary service to the community and the engineering profession.

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    — abet accreditation —

    ABET is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET is a federation of more than 25 professional and technical societies representing these fields.

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— our research —

Faculty are active in many diverse areas of research including transportation and planning, structural analysis and design, earthquake engineering, treatment and supply of drinking water, mathematical modeling, quantitative geochemistry, pollution prevention and industrial waste treatment and more.

— our labs —

CEE departmental teaching and research laboratories are located in the state-of-the-art J. Lindsay Embrey Building, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold building.  Laboratories include dedicated space for fate and transport modeling of contaminants, soil and water chemistry, fluid mechanics and hydraulics, transportation modeling, structural analysis and geotechnical engineering.

— our programs —

Undergraduate and graduate programs within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering educate and train leaders in the fields of construction and engineering design, environmental protection, and resource management.


— news highlights —


A team of environmental engineering students from SMU-Lyle was awarded first place in the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference’s (WEFTEC) 14th annual student design competition. The nationwide competition took place at the 88th Annual WEFTEC on Sunday, September 27, in Chicago, Illinois. The conference sponsored 10 universities from the United States and Canada to present their projects focusing on wastewater engineering design.

As a program of WEF’s Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC), the competition promotes real-world design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in water/wastewater engineering and sciences. The competition tasks individuals or teams of students within a WEF student chapter to prepare a design to solve a local water quality issue. Teams evaluate alternative ideas, perform calculations, and recommend the best solution based on experience, economics, and feasibility in the form of an engineering report and final presentation to industry professionals.

This year, Southern Methodist University’s design team consisted of Kaylee Dusek, Abigail Klaus, and Allison Leopold. All are currently enrolled as environmental engineering Master’s degree students, after graduating in May with undergraduate degrees in environmental engineering. The team competed in April at the Ninth Annual Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) Student Design Competition, held at the 2015 Texas Water Conference, where they won first place in the regional competition. The team presented their project titled, City of Grapevine Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) Master Plan. Their design focuses on upgrading the facility through biological nutrient removal aiding the City of Grapevine to meet more stringent nutrient removal limits for nitrogen and phosphorus while also focusing on opportunity reviews for Type 1 reclaimed water and Class A biosolids. The team then traveled to Chicago in September with SMU Dickey to compete at the national level, where they again won first place. The team’s project was supervised by SMU faculty Dr. Patricia Taylor and Dr. Roger Dickey.

— our story —

At the Lyle School we are changing the way people think about engineers. Through innovation and hands-on experiences, we are attracting a diverse mix of talented students interested in making a difference in the world through engineering.

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