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Civil & Environmental Engineering – Student Opportunities

The Civil & Environmental Engineering programs at Rose‑Hulman offer a variety of opportunities for the student body.

Student Opportunities

Our Civil & Environmental Engineering program offers a variety of opportunities for students to work on projects in the local community and beyond. The real-world projects help provide students with practical applications of engineering principles along with important team and project management skills.

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Freshman Design

As a Civil & Environmental Engineering student at Rose-Hulman, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in real-world settings as early as your freshman year. Every year, freshman visit major civil engineering projects and job sites throughout the region. Most students also work on client-based design projects during their first year on campus.

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Senior Projects

As seniors, Civil & Environmental Engineering students will have the opportunity to work on projects around the world. Our emphasis on the importance of global experiences has led our students to complete projects in countries like Ghana and Pakistan. Former senior projects include the following:

  • Creating a LEED-certified road maintenance facility for Los Angeles County
  • Designing a 24-foot-long covered bridge for the Whitewater Canal Trail Association in Metamora, IN
  • Developing a sustainable storm water management plan for the east side of Terre Haute
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Concrete Canoe Competition

A challenging and rewarding project is the concrete canoe competition sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The competition provides students with a practical application of engineering principles, along with critical team and project management skills that will help prepare them for their career. The event challenges students’ knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material.

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Steel Bridge Contest

This contest challenges students to both design and build a miniature steel bridge with the ability to withstand both vertical and horizontal deflections.


The overall thing at Rose-Hulman is giving back. As civil engineers, we serve people every day. That kind of thing is near and dear to me.

- Ben Zobrist (2011)

Civil Engineering

Top Careers in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Nearly 100 percent of Rose-Hulman’s civil engineering graduates have job offers at the time of graduation. This high placement rate is due to our commitment to providing high quality education, and the track record for success our alumni are known for.

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Structural Engineer

Structural engineers are heavily involved in designing structures, such as buildings, bridges and tunnels. Frequently, structural engineers work as consultants to architects or contractors.

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Environmental and Water Resource Engineer

Engineers working in this specialty manage natural resources and determine how they should be handled including waste disposal, pollution and flood control.

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Construction Manager

Construction managers are desirable for their engineering and leadership expertise that are critical to help ensure building projects are completed on time and under budget.

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Kevin Sutterer

Dr. Kevin G. Sutterer brings his experience as a geotechnical consultant to the classroom. His expertise includes liquefaction studies, seismic stability of earth structures, embankment dams and slope stability.

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Contact Us

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Olin Hall 225
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803

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