Message from the Chair


Welcome to the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering. This is an exciting time for the field with remarkable opportunities for future civil and environmental engineers. Considering recent emphasis by the federal government on allocating resources for the nation’s infrastructure and the fast-growing construction industry nationwide, the demand for civil and environmental engineers will be at an all time high. As a future civil or environmental engineering graduate, you will be engaged in planning, design and construction of every major structure critical to this country.  You will be designing water supply and waste treatment systems, airports, highways, dams, power plants, high rise buildings and space shuttles, just to name a few.  

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is committed to providing students with the design-oriented curricula, multidisciplinary knowledge and real-world experience necessary to enter the field.  At SMU, you’ll enjoy small classes and a low student to faculty ratio. In addition, you will develop lasting relationships with faculty, staff, and other professionals who serve as mentors to our students.  Our undergraduate program emphasizes not only strong training in engineering but also broad education in the liberal arts. This breadth of education will enable you to better understand the social and ethical issues of our work, as well as the impact of technology on society. Our graduates are not only prepared for careers in engineering, but also enter graduate and professional schools in the sciences, engineering, medicine, business and law.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is the home of renowned faculty members with considerable research and industrial experience in their fields. Our faculty members are fully committed to excellence in teaching, research and service to the CEE profession. Our laboratories are equipped with the state-of-the art equipment and computing capabilities to support the teaching and research activities. These laboratories provide a rich hands-on and peer-to-peer learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students.   

The Dallas/Fort Worth area serves as home to many consulting, construction, energy, aerospace, electronic, and communication companies.  It is headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division; Region 6 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and two of the top five largest construction companies in the U.S.  As a result, our students are sought after for summer internship and co-ops.

Thank you for visiting the CEE website. I hope that you will find all necessary information to plan your future here at SMU. For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be always glad to meet with you to answer any questions you might have.  



Khaled Abdelghany, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair