Message from the Chair

Dr. Kathleen Smits

A headshot of Kathleen Smits, a member of the Lyle School of Engineering Faculty.

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at SMU has a long tradition of excellence serving people and society. Today, we continue this tradition by developing the fundamental and applied technologies that have an impact on people’s lives.

Our faculty, graduate and undergraduate students work on some of the world’s most pressing problems to include natural and manmade hazards, civil infrastructure, the environment and energy, water and earth systems. The faculty within the CEE department bring together solid engineering and scientific expertise to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as research programs that place emphasis on the broad areas of smart infrastructure and the environment. In our degree programs, innovative classroom teaching intersects with research, hands on experiences, service-based learning, lecture series and field trips.
As a result of Lyle’s outstanding technical professional and leadership development our alumni have a history of success in industry, consulting, national laboratories and academia.
I welcome you to the CEE department at SMU. Stop by to visit if you are in the DFW area. We’d love to show you the great things happening in our department and on campus!


Dr. Kathleen Smits

Professor and Chair of CEE and Solomon Professor for Global Development