Welcome from the Chair

Kimberly Kurtis with a group of students from her research group discussing their work. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

What Do Civil and Environmental Engineers Do?
School Profile & Rankings
Vision & Mission

We are civil and environmental engineers dedicated to improving the human condition.

People are our priority. The world is our laboratory.

That's our motto around the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (we say "CEEatGT," for short), and it's something our students and our world-renowned professors live every day.

So, thanks for visiting our virtual home. Let me tell you a little about what we do.

Our faculty members work at the razor’s edge of science, making new discoveries using new technologies and the best facilities in the world. And that hasn't gone unnoticed: We’re ranked No. 2 in the nation for our undergrad civil engineering program and No. 2 for environmental engineering. Our graduate programs are ranked No. 2 (civil) and No. 7 (environmental).

That means when a technology is developed to make water safer to drink for billions of people around the world, it will happen within the walls of CEEatGT.  When a material is developed to help make buildings safer from devastating earthquakes and hurricanes, it will happen with our faculty and students leading the way. And when automated vehicles become a reality in Atlanta and around the world, we know that CEEatGT will have had a major role.

We teach our students all the engineering fundamentals they’ll need to be successful in designing and building the systems that make our modern existence possible. But more than that, we teach them how to think, how to solve problems, and how to make a difference — whether that’s by providing clean water for a community or by building a business. (And many of our alums do just that, lead or found businesses. About one in 10 of our living alumni are CEOs, presidents or founders of companies.) No matter what our students want to do — build roads or skyscrapers, go on to law school or medical school or business school, even work for NASA — we help them get there.

If you have questions, I invite you to explore these pages to learn more about our research, our faculty and the latest news and events. You can also find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. And, of course, we’re here to help; don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Kimberly E. Kurtis, Ph.D., FACI, FACerS
Professor and Interim School Chair


Learn more about the search currently underway for our next Karen and John Huff School Chair.