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 has 46 full-time faculty, 657 undergraduate, and 400 graduate students. 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 $34,000 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. Lindy Cranwell, graduate coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit this page for more information.
Department Highlights and News
One of the longest spans in the world is the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, which was severely damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Final reconstruction of the eastern span did not begin until 2002 and reopened in 2013. However, during construction of the costly, over budget $6.4 billion bridge, rainfall and water used to cure the concrete entered into the ducts that contained steel tendons in the skyway section of the new span.
Most days the public takes feats in engineering for granted, for example: something as simple as, driving across a bridge. Advances in engineering have made it possible to cross-vast bodies of water by building structures within the coastal or marine environment. The safety of these structures relies on the stability of their foundations and continued research on the conditions in which these foundations exist offer insight to the challenge of building in water.
Denise R. Simmons, a principal faculty member and assistant professor in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech, is the recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Development (CAREER) Award to learn more about the influence of various factors in the choices undergraduate engineering students make regarding their co-curricular involvement, ultimately leading to their entry into the work force.