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Chair’s Welcome

David Ernst

David Ernst, M.E.

Interim Department Chair


Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering website. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s reputation hinges on two factors: the quality of our graduates and the quality of our research.

Industry expresses a high demand for our graduates. Employers always tell me great things about the knowledge and skills of our graduates, their excellent work ethic, and their abilities to communicate and work in teams. Our graduates serve in all levels of engineering and management. I am extremely proud of our graduates.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering conducts its research through the following interdisciplinary centers:

  • TechMRT - Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation; and the
  • Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism.
  • NWI - National Wind Institute;
  • WRC - Water Resource Center;

Through these centers, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering maintains a multimillion dollar research budget. The quality of the research is its most important feature. The Texas Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has a worldwide reputation for conducting excellent state of the art research in all areas.

Even though civil and environmental engineering faculty members conduct extensive research, they remain true to their first calling, teaching. They strive to provide excellent instruction in all aspects of civil and environmental engineering. Faculty members maintain an open door policy for students.

If you are a prospective student investigating our program, welcome. Look it over. We encourage you to apply.

If you are a current student, we hope our website will keep you informed concerning current activities, course work, application deadlines, and other information.

If you are a graduate, welcome back. Look at our news items, upcoming events, our faculty web pages, and our program. Drop us a line via email or snail mail. We really want to hear about your successes and welcome any suggestions you might have to help us improve the program.

If you are just an interested observer we welcome any comments you might have.