It is a privilege to serve as chair of one of the largest and most productive departments in the UCD College of Engineering. The graduate program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at UC Davis was established when the College of Engineering was founded in 1962. It admitted its first group of 18 graduate students in 1962 in two disciplinary areas: Water Resources and Structural Engineering. Today, it is one of 7 departments within the College and enrolls about 547 undergraduates and 200 graduate students (with about half that number pursuing the PhD degree).
The Civil Engineering graduate program was ranked 12th in the latest edition of the US News and World Report, whereas the Environmental Engineering graduate program was ranked 13th. In 2009, NSF ranked our department 7th among all civil engineering departments in the nation in research expenditures.
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As existing infrastructure expands to meet the growing needs of society, civil engineers will remain at the forefront in contributing to the renewal of the built environment. The department seeks to grow and change as we focus on new challenges in building, maintaining and protecting the infrastructure. Our graduate program is continually building on our existing strengths and directing future efforts to focus on the overarching theme of infrastructure sustainability. These are exciting times for our department, and I welcome you to browse our web site and explore our educational offerings, and our faculty-led research projects that address many complex problems that are integral to sustainable development and infrastructure revitalization.