Fouad H. Fouad, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Welcome to UAB’s Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. Our department’s focus is on engineering the built environment – roads, buildings, sustainable materials, bridges, stormwater management. We incorporate technology and problem solving for the planning, designing, and constructing of our communities. Through certified engineering courses, experiential learning opportunities, specialty classes hosted by local experts, and community outreach in the Birmingham area, our students and faculty gain and apply skills that benefit not only their personal growth but also the development of society.

​Our department has a number of noteworthy recent achievements:

  • We implemented our CCEE Strategic Plan, which assigns faculty teams to specific strategic plan goals to guide the direction of the department  and provide a framework for action item execution and result assessment. Our Advisory Board continues to be supportive of the department throughout this process.

  • We launched the Masters of Engineering in Sustainable Smart Cities with Staffordshire University in England during the Summer of 2016. This is a two-year, online program that provides an interdisciplinary grounding in the principles, application, and key technologies required to develop sustainable smart cities.

  • We launched the Masters of Civil Structural Engineering during the Spring of 2016. This is a 19-month, online program for qualified working professionals who hold an ABET accredited undergraduate degree from a U.S. college or university. Apart from our Sustainable Smart Cities and Civil Structural Engineering programs, we also offer an online Masters of Engineering in Construction Engineering Management, as well as onsite graduate programs in civil engineering.

  • We took undergraduate and graduate students to Egypt and the United Kingdom for a four-week global learning research experience in the area of Sustainable Green Building Design and Construction, which was fully funded through an International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) grant from the National Science Foundation.

  • We installed a CAD (computer-aided design) Laboratory in the Hoehn Engineering Building to offer Building Information Modeling (BIM) and AutoCAD courses to our students, led by local professional experts in the field. Additionally, we developed and launched a BIM course for professionals, and its revenue supports the CAD Laboratory needs.

  • We increased our student participation in experiential learning to 70 percent, and we instituted long-term internship agreements with local construction companies,  government agencies, and private engineering firms to better match our students with employers and to meet our Strategic Plan goal of growing student participation to 100 percent. Partner companies in these agreements include National Steel City, Granite Construction, Golden Construction, and Volkert Engineering.

  • We hosted the annual UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center (SSCRC) Symposium, which brings scientists and community stakeholders together from across the South to promote the advancement of cities through urban sustainability and technological development. Our Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center works through education, research, and outreach to increase sustainability through smart technology both in Birmingham and globally.

  • We established several new undergraduate scholarship endowments through the support of both individual benefactors and local companies. Our goal, as outlined in our Strategic Plan, is to secure 10 scholarship endowments for undergraduate CCEE students.

  • We continued our University Transportation Center research partnerships with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management (NCTSPM) and the University of Floridas Southeast Transportation Research, Innovation, and Education Center (STRIDE). Through funding from these partnerships, we are able to put on an engineering summer enrichment program for minority high school students.

​It is a joy leading a department that undertakes so many fascinating and meaningful projects. Thank you to all – our faculty and students, alumni and friends, industry experts, collaborators, and partners – for your dedication and support toward our efforts and accomplishments.

​Best Wishes!

Fouad H. Fouad, PhD

Professor and Chair

Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering