design and build the infrastructure of civilization: highway systems, airports, water treatment systems, waste treatment systems, buildings, bridges and cities themselves. Real-world experience The Engineering Materials and Structures Testing Laboratory, Engineering Hallâ€™s most dramatic space, features 30-foot ceilings, a 10-ton crane, reinforced floors and walls that allow teams to apply between 175,000 and 350,000 pounds of force to an object and observe the results. This high-bay lab is where the action is. Students work with Dr. Dan Zitomer at the Water Quality Center, a 3,700-square-foot, on-campus lab focused on the physical, chemical and biological analyses of water, wastewater, soil and sludge. Students, engineers and faculty experts from fields such as biology, economics, law and nursing study problems related to lake, river and groundwater quality. The center also has expertise in international drinking water, sanitation and public health with ongoing projects in Kenya, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
Civil and environmental engineers
Civil engineers can also specialize in transportation engineering and planning, helping them learn to identify critical problems in transportation systems, urban planning, traffic control and roadway design and how to solve these modern problems.