Civil Engineering Program at Texas A&M University

Civil Engineering Program at Texas A&M University


Few programs have the combination of
resources and facilities, faculty expertise, and depth of programs that the
Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M has. As one of the largest
civil engineering programs in the country, students have eight areas in
which they can specialize their education. The department strives to
create a dynamic academic environment and prepare its students to help shape the world around us. “Civil engineering to me is the systematic layout and design of the roads, bridges, buildings, water systems that allow our society to flourish and
thrive.” “You can’t do much without roads, water, or power.” “Without those, there is no society.” “Civil engineering essentially makes our lives easier.” “It’s the engineering that goes in and
makes everyday life seem like something that just flows easily.” “Civil engineering is important to me because it’s a way that I can make a difference, it’s a way that our students can make a difference in how people live their
lives.” I can’t think of anything that offers
more options, more alternatives in the future to make a difference, to build the
world, to improve people’s lives, than a degree in civil engineering. The department prepares graduates to become professional engineers and leaders in the civil engineering profession through a solid education of fundamental
principles coupled with the latest technological advances. Opportunities for
enhancement of the students’ educational experience through meaningful
interactions with the profession are also provided. “To prepare my students
for civil engineering practice in the workplace, I emphasize the nontechnical
issues that are at play in building civil infrastructure. It’s often the needs and desires of
society that are not technical in nature that are the most difficult to
incorporate into the design process.” “We’re doing a land develop project right
now, so we’re putting in some businesses and some multifamily sites and we’re
working with real codes, real engineers, it’s real surveys, so it’s a real site
out in Dallas and that’s what I love about this program.” “I prepare my students
for life after graduation by having a lot of assignments that are
somewhat open-ended. They get used to the fact that there isn’t one single answer
that is the only answer for a particular problem and they get to explore
different types of solutions.” “We want to train the best professionals to work on large projects that will guarantee safety to any piece of infrastructure
that interacts between humans and nature.” “I’m interested in water because we use
it every day. In California and here in Texas, there’s droughts then there’s flooding.” “When I was a kid Tropical Storm Allison hit Houston and my house flooded. As a little kid I didn’t really understand, why did my house flood, but you know as I get older and I started doing civil engineering and work in my degree, I learned that they plan for 100 year floods, 200 year floods, and they try to route the water so
it goes somewhere else and keeps the home safe.” “As civil engineers, we are
obligated to society to meet their needs and not just for today but to be able to
plan for the future and what those needs are going to be in an ever-changing
world. It’s very dynamic.” Graduates are expected to be fully prepared with lifelong learning experiences that will strengthen their abilities to
successfully and effectively solve the complex civil engineering problems
facing society today and tomorrow. “Our students do find employment quickly. They work in leading companies and they also find jobs with the government. It’s always gratifying to see how their
careers progress and where they want to take their career next. “My dream job is to use my math and science skills in the outdoors to help communities grow.” “Transportation touches so many people’s lives. Everyone uses roads and so it’s a great
opportunity to solve problems that are always changing because there’s a human factor involved in it.” “I first see my career being a career of research were I’m going to go in and I’m going to design some of the stuff that makes transportation in
our life easier. Kind of using computers integrated with
transportation technology to make roadways safer and more efficient.” “One of the reasons anybody comes to A&M is because, first and foremost, you are an
Aggie and there is always that.” “Texas A&M produces about half of all the civil engineers in the state of Texas.” “Companies tell us that they want more
Aggie engineers. They want our engineers because of the hands-on experience that
they get. Aggie engineers with their Aggie rings are easily identifiable and they
always find one another no matter where in the world they find themselves.”

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