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The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which is ranked in the top 10 accredited civil and environmental engineering departments by the US News and World Report survey, is one of the largest programs in the United States. The Department currently has 50 full-time faculty, 480 undergraduate, and 389 graduate students. The Department awarded the following degrees last year:  255 Bachelors, 125 Masters, and 25 Doctorates. Civil engineers are the principal designers, constructors, operators, and caretakers of many of the constructed facilities and systems that contribute to the high quality of life enjoyed in the United States. The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers educational programs in all areas of civil engineering practice.


The Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Virginia Tech has the Via Scholars Program that awards M.S. and Ph.D. fellowships to prospective students for graduate study in all areas of civil and environmental engineering.  The fellowships provide a competitive stipend (up to $36,000 per year for Ph.D. students), full coverage of tuition and comprehensive fees, and funding to cover health insurance needs. Applicants for the fellowship must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  For more information please contact Ms. Leigh Anne Byrd, Graduate Coordinator, at leigha@vt.edu, and visit this page.


Department Highlights and News

  • Dan Phipps is recognized as an ACEC Young Professional of the Year

        2014 Young Professional of the Year Award Winners

    Dan Phipps, Virginia Tech Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate of 2007, is being honored as an ACEC Young Professional of the Year. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the department, with a focus in Environmental and Water Resources. During his time at Virginia Tech, he was also an active member of LDDI. After graduation, Dan worked for Anderson & Associates, Inc. for a couple of years before moving to Colorado for his current position with Kennedy/Jenks Consultants.

  • Innovator Award recognizes research initiatives in interdisciplinary science

        Innovator Award recognizes research initiatives in interdisciplinary science

    Linsey Marr received the Innovator Award at the second annual Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science Program Review for her commitment to advancing the Virginia Tech’s research initiatives in interdisciplinary science.

  • Graduate student exploring ways to make riding a motorcycle safer using connected driving data

        Graduate student exploring ways to make riding a motorcycle safer using connected driving data

    What if cars could talk to motorcycles, alerting them to road hazards that might be annoying for drivers of four-wheel vehicles, but dangerous to motorcyclists? Alexandria Noble, a master’s degree student in the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, is exploring that idea, using instrumented vehicles.