Our mission is to integrate research and education in civil and environmental engineering through teaching that emphasizes both fundamentals and their application in engineering design; research that provides both the innovations of today and trains the innovators of tomorrow; a permeating culture of professionalism, ethics, innovation, and life-long learning; and service that supports, promotes, and nurtures the professional and educational communities in which we are engaged.
Develop an integrated undergraduate/graduate educational program; enhance the quality of graduates and their graduation rates in BS and BS/MS programs; develop integrated program requirements; and enhance the student, faculty, administration, and employer culture.
Expand the undergraduate research experience, increase undergraduate involvement in research activities, and change student culture regarding research.
Promote post-baccalaureate education (research—PhD), build leading research programs in one or more targeted area(s), enhance incoming student quality, promote a diverse student body, expand the doctoral program, seamless research integration with ORNL, and cultivate an outstanding faculty.
Instruction in civil engineering began at the University of Tennessee in 1834, then East Tennessee College, after Joseph Estabrook, a man of strong scientific interest and background, became president. Here are some historical highlights:
Surveying was introduced into the curriculum at the university.
Name changed to East Tennessee University and first lecture in Civil Engineering.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) organized.
First full time instructor in surveying, leveling, civil engineering, and road making (Professor Strong).
The university was closed due to the Civil War.
The university organizes the College of Mechanic Arts in Mining and Engineering. Civil engineering as such was first recognized as a curriculum or body of courses.
Legislature changes name of East Tennessee University to the University of Tennessee; trustees authorize the granting of advanced degree in civil engineering.
Estabrook Hall constructed.
School of Mathematics and Engineering created to offer professional degrees in civil, mechanical, and mining engineering.
School of Engineering formed.
All Engineering moved to Estabrook Hall.
First Master of Science in Engineering awarded (civil engineering).
College of Engineering was organized as a separate branch of the university, and Charles E. Ferris was named first dean.
N. W. Dougherty appointed as professor of civil engineering.
Co-op Education Program begun.
Engineering Experiment Station organized.
Ferris Hall completed.
Berry Hall, the Engineering Experiment Station, is erected.
Dougherty appointed dean of engineering and A. T. Granger appointed head of civil engineering.
First PhD awarded in engineering.
Edward S. Fabian named department head.
Harry H. Ambrose named department head.
Professor Charles R. Walker named department head following the accidental death of Ambrose.
The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering degree formed.
William L. Grecco named department head.
Gregory D. Reed named department head.
University changes from quarter to semester system, CE curriculum revised.
Department name changed to Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Dayakar Penumadu named department head.
The first major re-organization of curriculum since 1988 was implemented.
Department moves to its new home in the John D. Tickle Engineering Building.
Gregory D. Reed, associate vice chancellor for research, named interim head.
Chris D. Cox named department head.