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A bachelors in Civil Engineering is one of the top five in-demand bachelor's degrees according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Spring 2008 Salary Survey, with starting salaries almost at the top of that list. Employment growth for civil engineers is expected to move at a pace that is faster than the average for all occupations.

The University of Pittsburgh has a proud tradition in civil engineering education, reinforced by a faculty deeply concerned about their students. Graduates from the Department of Civil Engineering have become leaders in their profession, serving with government, private consulting firms and contractors and in research and academic institutions.

Civil engineers at Pitt have the opportunity to engage in undergraduate and graduate programs in a broad range of topics, including structures, environmental, water resources, green construction, geotechnical engineering and construction management. Other electives include  applied mechanics and mathematics, legal issues, and computer aided design.

The department accomplished faculty, top-notch educational and research facilities and partnerships with industry provide the necessary edge for our graduates to discover satisfying careers meeting the challenges of the 21st century. The emphasis is to provide an education that focuses on engineering and construction for sustainable development, leaving the next generations with a society that continues to offer a high quality of life.


Civil Engineering’s John Brigham named Professor of the Year by ASCE Pittsburgh Chapter

Civil & Environmental

PITTSBURGH (February 4, 2016) … John Brigham, PhD, associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, was selected as the 2015 Professor of the Year by the Pittsburgh Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The award will be presented during the organization’s E-Week Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 20.  “This outstanding recognition by our peers is a testament to John’s commitment and leadership in engineering education,” noted Radisav Vidic, PhD, P.E., the William Kepler Whiteford Professor and Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “John is well respected by his students and is dedicated to their success as future civil engineers.” More about Dr. BrighamJohn Brigham received a bachelor of science in civil and environmental engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 2003, and a MS and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University in 2006 and 2008, respectively. Dr. Brigham recently served as Director of the ASCE Pittsburgh Section from 2012-2015. As a member of the structural engineering and mechanics faculty within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Brigham teaches courses on structural analysis and computer methods. As principal investigator of the Computational Diagnostics and Inverse Mechanics Group, Dr. Brigham and his research team investigate fundamental concepts in mechanics and computation spanning a broad range of applications, from assessing service life of civil, marine, or aircraft structures to diagnosing physiological changes in biological structures. For more information on his research visit http://www.pitt.edu/~brigham/. ### Pictured above from left: The Computational Diagnostics and Inverse Mechanics Group with John Grove, Scott Overacker, Matt Grasinger, Rob Zupan, Mo Ahmadpoor, John Brigham, and Jing Xu (seated)
Paul Kovach

Pitt Civil Engineering undergrad Nathan Schaeffer wins 2015 ASCE Student Leadership Award

Civil & Environmental, Student Profiles

PITTSBURGH (January 29, 2016) … The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded Nathan Schaeffer, a civil engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh, with its 2015 Student Leadership Award. Schaeffer served as the president of the Pitt student chapter of the ASCE from 2014-15 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree this past fall. The ASCE recognizes student leaders for a variety of achievements including their service as chapter officers, their ability to organize special events, and their interactions with university administration and ASCE sections. Nomination must come from a faculty member, a practitioner advisor, a department head or an ASCE section/branch office. As ASCE student chapter president, Schaeffer organized the first civil engineering specific career fair at Pitt in conjunction with Dylan Soller, then president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers student chapter. Schaeffer generated interest in local companies and encouraged students to attend. About 150 undergraduate students, 20 graduate students, and 27 companies attended the inaugural civil engineering career fair in November 2014. ###  


Society of Women Engineers recognizes four Pitt engineering students with scholarships and Outstanding Collegiate Member Award

Bioengineering, Chemical & Petroleum, Civil & Environmental, MEMS, Diversity, Student Profiles

PITTSBURGH (November 3, 2015) - The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) recognized four students from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering at its annual conference, WE15, in Nashville, Tenn. on Oct. 23, 2015 during the formal awards banquet.  Dhanalakshmi (Dhanu) Thiyagarajan BioE '15 was honored for her impact on the Society as well as the engineering community with the SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member award. The award also recognizes Dhanu's continuing dedication to SWE's mission - "striving to highlight the impact and importance of women in engineering across the globe, leading by example, and demonstrating that a career in engineering can be a fulfilling, rewarding pursuit for women of any background." Additionally, mechanical engineering junior Mahalia Bradford won the Bayer Scholarship; civil and environmental engineering senior Rebecca Glucksman captured the Bechtel Corporation Scholarship; and chemical and petroleum engineering senior Julie Fornaciari received the Cummins Scholarship. "Pitt's student awardees and our other collegiate members have had a tremendous impact on the Society and as well as their campuses," said Colleen Layman, president of SWE. "Involvement in SWE from the collegiate level is so important to driving home our mission to change the perception of careers in engineering and inspire more women to reach their full potential in the field." (Photo: Dhanu Thiyagarajan) ###  
Paul Kovach

Civil Engineering - Water Resources

Civil & Environmental, Open Positions

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position effective September 1, 2016.  This position is part of the strategic expansion intended to support research and teaching activities in the areas of sustainable water and environmental engineering. The successful candidate must demonstrate potential for high-quality research and teaching. The Department seeks a candidate with outstanding analytical, computational, and/or field skills in groundwater hydrology/environmental fluid mechanics and with specific expertise that compliments the existing strengths ( http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/Departments/Civil-Environmental/ ). Research areas of particular interest include one or more of the following: intersection of groundwater hydrology and biogeochemistry, multiphase flow in porous media and fractured rocks, fate and transport of contaminants/nutrients/pathogens in the subsurface and their interactions with river systems (e.g., stream-groundwater interactions), or similar areas. Preference will be given to appointee at the Assistant Professor level but applicants with outstanding credentials will be considered at other levels, including an endowed professorship. Candidates interested in collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching within the Department are encouraged to apply. Outstanding candidates will have the opportunity to join our vibrant and growing department of 21 faculty members, 280 undergraduate and 150 graduate students (50 of whom are PhD students). The successful applicants will be expected to develop and sustain a strong, externally funded research program within their area of expertise and contribute to the teaching mission of the graduate and undergraduate programs. An earned doctorate in civil engineering or a closely related field is required prior to appointment. A professional engineers license, or the potential to obtain one, is desirable. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a detailed resume, statements describing teaching and research interests and future plans, copies of three representative publications, and the names and contact information for at least three references, all in a single PDF file, to CEE15SEE@pitt.edu . Applications will be considered beginning December 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. We highly encourage candidates from underrepresented US minority groups and/or females to apply for this position.  The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.


National Academy of Engineering selects Pitt’s Kyle Bibby to participate in Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Civil & Environmental

PITTSBURGH (October 5, 2015) … Kyle Bibby, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, was one of 70 educators selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's seventh annual Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium , October 25-28 in Irvine, California. According to the NAE, the Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium brings together some of the nation's most engaged and innovative engineering educators in order to share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution. "The FOEE symposium provides a unique environment for young engineering educators to learn the latest, best practices in engineering pedagogy and share their experiences with their peers," explained Mary Besterfield-Sacre , PhD, associate professor of industrial engineering and director of the Swanson School's Engineering Education Research Center. "As engineering education continues to evolve to challenge the next generation of engineering students, it's important that our faculty develop new strategies in the classroom. Kyle is one of our outstanding young faculty members and will contribute greatly to this year's symposium." Dr. Bibby's interests include understanding the presence, ecology, and diversity of microorganisms, such as viruses and bacteria, in an environmental engineering context. As the most abundant and genetically diverse biological entities on earth, microorganisms are at the core of many of society's environmental challenges, including sustainable energy production, waste treatment, and environmentally transmitted disease. In the Bibby Lab (bibbylab.blogspot.com), emerging molecular biology techniques such as proteomics, genomics, metagenomics and transcriptomics are integrated with fundamental, quantitative environmental engineering practice to develop new insights and solutions to these problems. He received his bachelor of science in civil engineering and geological sciences from the University of Notre Dame, and his master of science, master of philosophy, and PhD in environmental engineering from Yale University. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshaling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The NAE is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine -- private, nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology, and health policy advice under a congressional charter. The 2015 Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium is sponsored by John McDonnell and the JSM Trust. ###
Paul Kovach

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