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Civil Engineering Department Tour

Welcome 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.

From 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.

At 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.

The 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 course.

Our 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 computer lab

At right, a common scene in the CE student lounge








Our 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.









So 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, 'cheers'.