Mission & Vision

The mission of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department is to advance learning and discovery in service to humanity.


Our core values, listed below, are upheld by our faculty and staff at all times. We have also committed to educating our students to uphold these values during their time at SMU and throughout their lifetimes.

  • Excellence: We maintain the highest standards of excellence in both research and education, as well as in our service and day-to-day operations.
  • Collaboration: We build strong partnerships, both within and outside of SMU, to advance our mission.
  • Leadership: We take a proactive leadership role in advancing the frontiers of research and education and in our day-to-day operations. All of our students take leadership courses to identify and improve leadership strengths and foster strong communication skills.
  • Integrity and respect: We treat all persons with respect and maintain the highest standards of integrity in all of our actions. To this end, we value diversity and inclusivity and strive to maintain collegial relationships among all faculty, staff, and students.