The goal of a civil engineer is to enhance the quality of life of the general population by providing safe, environmentally and economically sound infrastructure systems. To that end, civil engineers conceive, design, construct, manage, and maintain infrastructures that impact people’s daily lives. This can include: residential/industrial buildings, bridges, roadways, transit systems, intelligent vehicles, tunnels, dams, water supply/distribution networks, flood control structures, water/wastewater treatment plants, municipal/industrial/hazardous waste treatment and disposal systems, and air/water pollution control systems. Civil engineers are critical to designing sustainable human environments that mitigate and reduce the impact that humans have on the natural environment. Throughout the program’s coursework, students are exposed to sustainable practices and their application for system/structure design and operation. All students are trained in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) concepts and how to apply them. Additionally, through a selection of technical electives, students can craft their education to specific aspects of civil engineering that focus on environment aspects. Graduates of the program have a strong grasp on the creation of sustainable infrastructure systems and are prepared to pursue careers in civil engineering or to further their education in graduate school.
Advanced Traffic and Logistics Algorithms and Systems: The ATLAS Lab is a research center that serves to promote research and education in transportation, engineering, and planning. The ATLAS mission is to promote and conduct basic research on advanced technologies and methods for transportation and logistics management.
Sustainable City Project: The Sustainable City Project serves as an educational and outreach interface between the University of Arizona and the Tucson community. The project focuses on issues of sustainable urban development and livable cities through education, outreach, and research. The project is designed to build and support teams composed of university faculty and students representing a diverse array of academic disciplines.