Making an Impact

The students who have studied in the classrooms and labs of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering carry on our tradition of excellence long after they embark on their life journeys. Many of them are reshaping our field and how human society, the built environment, and natural systems interact. They are ambassadors for all that we hope to accomplish with our work. And they extend our vision, making people a priority in a global laboratory.

These are some recent examples of how our alumni make a difference in their communities and in the world.

A tribute to the Tellepsens

Learn the story behind one of Houston's leading families — which also happens to include alumnus Howard Tellepsen Jr., B.S. 1966. Tellepsen is an emeritus member of our External Advisory Board and spearheaded efforts (along with fellow alumnus John Huff) to reinvigorate the Mason Building. (Learn more about SER, the organization that produced this story and honored Tellepsen for his service to the Houston community.)

Endowed chairs = freedom and opportunity

Karen and John Huff School Chair Reginald DesRoches talks about what his endowed faculty chair allows him to do. (This video was produced as part of Campaign Georgia Tech's goal of funding 100 new endowed chairs and professorships.)

Bob Clark's power-packed lunches

The Tampa Tribune took notice of Bob Clark's 15-year tradition of Friday power lunches in November 2015. Clark, president of Tampa Steel Erecting and a 1960 civil engineering graduate, gathers movers and shakers in his community for conversation, networking, and a few old jokes. Read more in the Tribune (and read our story about one of Clark's signature projects going up in Dallas.)