CUREE University Representative:
Professor Joseph Bracci
Department of Civil Engineering
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3136
|• Joseph Bracci
• Mary Beth D. Hueste
• John M. Niedzwecki
The high bay lab is a complex consisting of a full-service machine shop structural testing facility and materials testing area.
Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) Zachry Department of Civil Engineering offers students the ability to specialize in one of nine different civil engineering technical areas, including Construction, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation, Materials, Water Resources, Environmental, Coastal and Ocean Engineering. In addition for students interested in a broader civil engineering education that includes knowledge in most of the specialties, the department offers an option in general civil engineering. We are ranked 8th (undergraduate) and 8th (graduate) among all civil engineering programs at U.S. public institutions. Our students are highly recruited and our graduates are widely regarded as among the most work ready young engineers in the country. The CE faculty at Texas A&M are recognized for excellence in all aspects of scholarship: teaching, research, and professional service. With about 57 faculty, 924 undergraduate students, and 352 graduate students, the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M is among the largest CE programs in the country. Few programs have the combination of resources, faculty expertise, scope of programs, facilities, and degree offerings that we have in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M.
With relevance to earthquake engineering, the General, Structural and Geotechnical Engineering specialty areas in our program are further described below. General civil engineers plan, design, supervise the construction of, operate, maintain, inspect, and manage many of the physical facilities and systems in both public and private sectors. These facilities include buildings, commercial facilities, industrial facilities, power transmission facilities, transportation facilities, tunnels, water collection facilities, water treatment facilities, and waste disposal facilities, to name a few. Those civil engineers who graduate in the general civil engineering option are often employed in the general areas of land development, public works, and military engineering. They work for consulting engineering firms, the energy industry, cities, counties, state agencies, federal agencies, utility agencies, various industries, and the military services.
Structural engineering is particularly concerned with the design of load-bearing structures. The field crosses engineering disciplines, including civil, mechanical, and aerospace engineering. Within civil engineering, it is largely the implementation of mechanics to the design of the large structures that are fundamental to basic living, such as buildings, bridges, walls, dams, and tunnels. Structural engineers need to design structures so that the structures do not collapse or behave in undesirable ways while serving their useful functions. Structural engineers work closely with architects, construction managers, and transportation engineers, to name only a few. An experienced engineer might design more complex structures, such as multistory buildings (including skyscrapers) or bridges. It is in the design of these more complex systems that a structural engineer must draw upon creativity in the application of mechanics principles. New structural systems and novel application of materials result from this process, and new technologies, such as control and damage detection systems, are now found in civil engineering structures, where traditionally they were only found in mechanical or aerospace systems.
Geotechnical engineering deals with earth materials, including soil, rocks, and groundwater. As most engineering projects are supported by ground, geotechnical engineering interfaces with most of the other civil sub-disciplines. In addition to participating in the design, construction, and operation of most civil engineering projects, geotechnical engineers also deal with various geologic hazards impacting our society, such as landslides, soil erosion, and earthquakes. Employers of graduates specializing in geotechnical engineering include consulting firms, design firms, contractors, public agencies, utilities, energy companies, and academia.
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 7843-1342
GPS: 30.613181, -96.339878
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