These are exciting times to be a civil engineer as we are uniquely qualified to solve some of the most pressing contemporary issues including deteriorating infrastructure, clean water and affordable energy.
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Rhode Island has a dynamic faculty committed to provide you the tools to be an effective leader in the global economy. People like Dr. Vinka Craver who is developing sustainable technologies for water and wastewater treatment in South America. People like Dr. Mayrai Gindy who is developing advanced technologies to determine the condition of our aging bridges. People like Dr. Natacha Thomas who is designing effective systems for evacuation from areas subject to extreme events. People like Dr. Christopher Hunter whose work on intelligent transportation systems can solve some of the traffic problems in the urban environment. Or people like Dr. Aaron Bradshaw who is studying foundations for offshore wind turbines.
Our students enjoy a rigorous but satisfying curriculum including the award winning senior capstone studio class, a large number of hands-on laboratory experiences, a strong international program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, leadership opportunities in many student organizations and opportunities for research and close interaction with faculty members.
You can be a part of the solution. You can lead in improving our infrastructure and transportation systems, clean the air and the water and help to advance civilization and build our quality of life.
We invite you to explore our program and will be glad to provide you any additional information that you may need.
Professor and Chair
Russ Morgan P.E., Principal, GZA Geoenvironmental Inc., is providing practical "real world" experiences to the seniors working on the capstone project. This year's project includes the development of a waterfront property in Tiverton, RI. Under this award winning program, students work in teams that operate as professional companies carrying out all tasks of a complex engineering project. Mark Fisher of Keough Construction is also assisting, acting as the owner of the project. Several engineering companies will be "mentoring" the student teams.
Professors Thiem and Tsiatas acquire an instructional shake table with funding provided by URI's "Innovative Approaches Using Technology to Advance the Student Experience" program. They will be using the shake table this Fall in the freshman engineering class, EGR105. The goal is to immerse first year engineering students in creative design of small structures, build them using balsa wood, K'Nex or other materials, and then test their performance under realistic earthquake conditions. At the same time, students will reinforce basic principles they learn in physics and other courses such as stiffness, mass and damping. Dr. Tsiatas expects this engagement will increase the hands-on component and the excitement level of the course and help learning and retention. The two also plan to hold "shake" competitions for K-12 students to help attract high quality students into the program.
Reflecting the increase emphasis on sustainable development and global engineering two new courses have been introducd by Professor Vinka Craver. CVE 323 Designing Sustainable Solutions for Developing Communities focuses on creating awareness about the global challenges our society is facing and how to potentially solve them using appropriate and sustainable technologies. As part of the course students develop a prototype of an appropriate technology that will be tested in a developing community. CVE 477 Global Environmental Sustainability and Green Engineering provides the conceptual, methodological, and scientific basis to understand and reduce the impact of engineering decisions on the environment.