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CEGE at a glance


The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE) prepares professionals to address the most demanding problem that faces human kind: the requirement to balance environmental health with growing societal needs for natural resources, sustainable infrastructure and services. This requires the skillful conception, planning, design, construction and operation of facilities that enfold modern life, ranging from smart urban services to intelligent infrastructure to earth observing systems.

The demand for civil, environmental and geodetic engineers is increasing significantly, due in part by efforts to rebuild, improve and make our country’s infrastructure resilient and sustainable. These include highways, bridges, tunnels, dams, harbors, airports, waterways, railways, power plants, air/water treatment plants, drainage systems and waste disposal facilities.

CURRENT INITIATIVES

Our faculty and students continue to address global challenges through Ohio State’s Discovery Themes initiative. CEGE faculty and administration, with strong support from industry collaborators, are embarking on a curriculum modernization effort that will reflect the current and future landscape within the engineering profession. Many of these same partners from industry assist with CEGE’s burgeoning Capstone program.

With assistance from its External Advisory Board, which is comprised of leaders from industry and government, CEGE is leading the creation of The Ohio Institute for Resilient and Reliable Infrastructure. This partnership of stakeholders from academia, industry, research and government will address comprehensive challenges facing Ohio’s and the nation’s transportation enterprises.

So that CEGE may better provide facilities that foster students’ learning, creativity and collaboration, the department is continuously evaluating and enhancing its instructional and laboratory spaces.

DIVERSITY

Civil, environmental and geodetic engineering students represent 18 countries around the world, including China, India, Ghana, Turkey, Colombia, Malaysia, Brazil, Switzerland, Indonesia and Kenya. The department has eleven faculty members who are women, including seven tenure-track, one visiting professor and three courtesy appointments. In 2015, 25% of CEGE students were women, compared to 20% in 2009.

OUTREACH AND SERVICE

CEGE students, faculty and staff participate in a variety of service and outreach initiatives in local and global settings. Educational outreach in Columbus and the state is an integral component of the Water Resources Center. As part of the Sustainable and Resilient Tanzanian Community program, CEGE capstone students make lasting contributions to food, water and energy systems in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.  Study abroad and exchange program opportunities at institutions such as the University of Udine in Udine, Italy, open the world of global engineering to CEGE students. Our faculty regularly lend their expertise to media outlets, industry collaborators and government agencies.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

BS in Civil Engineering

BS in Environmental Engineering

MS and PhD in Civil Engineering with specialization areas:

  • Construction engineering and management
  • Geoinformation and geodetic engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Transportation engineering
  • Water resources
  • Environmental engineering

Minor in Environmental Engineering

Minor in Surveying and Mapping