Welcome to the University of Kansas CEAE Department
Welcome to the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department website at the University of Kansas.
We offer undergraduate degrees in both Civil Engineering (CE) and Architectural Engineering (ARCE), including an optional Environmental Engineering emphasis for the CE. Both the Civil and Architectural Engineering degree programs have been continuously accredited since 1936. We offer a variety of master degrees in in Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Construction Management, Environmental Engineering and Science, as well as advance doctoral degrees in both Civil Engineering (including many ARCE areas) and Environmental Engineering and Science. Our programs are vibrant and growing, and we welcome you to take a look.
In CEAE, we have been conducting comprehensive and detailed strategic planning regarding future faculty hires, staff investments, new teaching and research space, and student support. Our plans support and complement both the major initiatives at the School of Engineering and University levels.
We have been conducting extensive planning and prioritization regarding the design of new research and classroom space. Many of you know that the School of Engineering is in the final stages of construction of our first of two new buildings for the Engineering Complex at KU called the Measurement, Materials, and Sustainable Energy Center (M2SEC). Our researchers will be moved into these new facilities this summer, and they will make a remarkable impact on our capabilities.
For example, our faculty and students will conduct state-of-art research in the new Multi-Dimensional Fatigue and Fracture Facility (MDF3) in the M2SEC building. The MDF3 provides new and exciting dynamic and static capabilities for fatigue and fracture research including a highly unique “strong room,” which includes two reaction walls, a reaction floor, and reaction ceiling. The M2SEC building also has unique advanced capabilities for building technology development including "plug-and-play" walls for the study of real-time, non-steady-state heat and mass transfer across building enclosures outfitted with advanced technologies, such as phase change materials (PCMs). In the new M2SEC, other CEAE researchers will be developing new approaches to biofuel production using algae from wastewater as the lipid feedstock, and characterizing emissions from varied biofuel feedstocks and blends.
In 2011, CEAE instituted our new CEAE Academy of distinguished engineers to honor individuals who had contributed significantly to the excellence of the CEAE Department. The inaugural CEAE Academy members will nominate and elect new members to the Academy each year.
In other recent news, Dr. JoAnn Browning was named the new Associate Dean of Administration in the School of Engineering where she will provide School-wide leadership. Additionally, I am pleased to report that Dr. Robert Parsons was promoted to Full Professor, and Dr. Oswald Chong was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) this academic year.
Our undergraduate and graduate students continue to grow in numbers and quality. These students remain highly engaged and successful in many venues including national and international competitions and activities.
Our faculty continue to increase the amount and impact of their research and scholarship that is aimed at developing solutions to a wide range of issues facing Kansas and our nation. Our strategic planning includes four major thrusts for research expansion including sustainable infrastructure, water, energy, and transportation.
I want to provide my special thanks to the many alumni and others who contribute significantly financially and in other ways to the Department. Their generosity allows us to provide the outstanding education that our students expect and deserve.
There is much more news than can be covered here. Despite (or possibly because of) a challenging economic climate, these are very positive and transformative times in CEAE at KU due to the efforts of many individuals. It is my privilege to chair this department, and work with such outstanding faculty, staff and students.
Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!
Tom Mulinazzi, Ph.D., P.E.
CEAE Interim Chair and Professor