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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

You can practice your skills working on actual projects in the local community and and around the world. You'll also have a chance to participate in fun team activities, such as Concrete Canoe.
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Concrete Canoe

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

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

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First-Year Design

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

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Senior Projects

As a senior, you'll have a chance to work on projects around the world. Our students have tackled projects across the United States and in Africa and Asia. Some of our projects include:

  • 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, Indiana.
  • Developing a sustainable storm water management plan for the east side of Terre Haute.

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 Engineer

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

Dr. Jim Hanson

Jim Hanson

Dr. Jim Hanson is the department head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he has taught since 2002. His specialty is structural engineering with a research emphasis in how to accelerate student development from novice to experienced engineer.  He is author of the textbook Structural Analysis: Skills for Practice. Dr. Hanson is also a former U.S. Army Engineer officer who designed and built pipelines, organized operations for combat engineering units, and conducted the repair and rehabilitation of small structures.

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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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