to our quickie tour of the Department of Civil
Engineering! We hope you can come visit us some
time in the future, but for now are happy to
provide you with this brief "virtual visit."
You are always welcome to contact the department
directly if you would like to visit us. However,
if you would like to arrange a campus visit
some time and are a prospective student, you
might also contact Admissions
here at Rose-Hulman. If you are a prospective
employer of Civil Engineering students or graduates,
contact the department or Career
Services to arrange a campus visit.
A first view of the Rose-Hulman campus is at
the main entrance, looking north from Highway
40 (Wabash Avenue), shown to the below.
The building at the end of the drive is Hadley
Hall. To the immediate left of Hadley Hall is
Olin Hall and the Olin Advanced Learning Center.
The Department of Civil Engineering is in Olin
Hall, shown below.
visitor parking just to the west of the main
entrance, the above image is your first view
of our home, but some consider the side entrance
to the Olin Advanced Learning Center our "front
door," shown below. The civil engineering offices,
classrooms, and laboratories are in the two-story
part at the left end of the building.
the left edge of the above photo, you can
see the steel sculpture fabricated by our
students in memory of Dr. Cecil T. Lobo, a
former civil engineering structures faculty
who passed away in 1997. The sculpture is
based on plans provided by the American Institute
for Steel Construction (AISC) and similar
structures may be found on other campuses
around the country. However, we have particular
pride in this work as, to our knowledge, this
is the only one fabricated, erected and landscaped
by our own students. The students chose to
do the work themselves to honor Dr. Lobo.
A close-up photo is shown below.
main office for Civil Engineering can be
found in room O-225, where you're likely
to find Kathy Nicoson, department secretary,
hard at work. If you need anything at all,
just ask Kathy, as she keeps our ship on
faculty offices are in and around the
deparment main office. In fact, you
can see the office of our department
Chair, Dr. Jim McKinney, in the background
just behind and to the right of Kathy
in the above photo. The Civil Engineering
Projects and Design Lab, Civil Engineering
Learning Center, and Civil Engineering
Projects Lab are on the second floor
near the main office. Here are a few
photos of our students hard at work
in these areas.
At left, students hard at work in the
At right, a common scene in the CE student
laboratories are on the first floor of Olin
Hall. We have laboratories for construction,
environmental, geotechnical, materials,
structural, and water resources engineering.
The labs are well-equipped with the latest
equipment used in engineering practice,
and our many laboratories throughout the
curriculum assure students get plenty of
hands on experience with testing methods
and experimentation in engineering behavior.
Another hallmark of our labs is who you
find there. In addition to our department
technician, jack-of-all-trades (and master
thereof), Keith Royer, you'll also find
one of our faculty working side-by-side
with the students as they conduct their
lab work. Shown below is Dr. Houghtalen
assisting a student with her lab work computations
in fluid mechanics, and though you can't
make him out clearly in the photo, one of
the personnel in the field photo of our
students in surveying class on our front
lawn is Dr. McKinney.
that concludes your mini-tour of the Department
of Civil Engineering. We hope you can drop
by some time for a "live" visit. Until then,