Welcome from the Chair

Donald Webster, the Karen and John Huff Chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

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Vision & Mission

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

People are our priority. The world is our laboratory.

That phrase has become our touchpoint for what we do every day in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Whether we’re teaching future engineers the principles of sustainable urban development, understanding how new transportation technologies and autonomous vehicles will change our communities, or securing clean water and sanitation for remote villages, we’re always focused on making the world better — making LIVES better — at home in Georgia and in the farthest reaches of the Earth.

Welcome to the virtual home of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech; let me tell you a little about what we do.

This is a place where change happens, where students learn to make a difference, where the future is made. We have some of the best students you’ll find anywhere and professors who are thought leaders in their fields. They work together in world-class facilities on par with the best anywhere. And they’re surrounded by a city driven to be excellent, just like they are. Our undergraduate and graduate degrees are ranked in the top five in the nation year after year for a reason: We challenge our students, and we challenge the status quo.

There’s no doubt: When new technology is developed to make water safer to drink for billions of people around the world; when new materials are developed to help make buildings safer from devastating earthquakes and hurricanes; and when smart, efficient, healthy, connected cities become a reality across the globe, our faculty and students will be leading the way.

We teach our students the engineering fundamentals they’ll need to be successful in “engineering the next” at the interface of the built and natural worlds. But more than that, we teach them how to think, how to solve problems, and how to impact society — whether that’s by providing clean water for a community or by building a business. (Many of our alums do just that: 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 happening in the School. 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.

Donald Webster, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor and Karen and John Huff School Chair