Dr. Fouad H. Fouad, Chair of the 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 is constantly improving our academic programs, engaging in research, and remaining active as in the community. Recently we have:

  • Launched the Masters of Engineering in Sustainable Smart Cities with Staffordshire University. This two-year online program provides an interdisciplinary grounding in the principles, application, and key technologies required to develop sustainable smart cities.
  • Launched the Masters of Civil Structural Engineering. 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.
  • 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.
  • Installed a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) 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. We developed and launched a BIM course for professionals; its revenue supports the CAD Laboratory.
  • Increased our student participation in experiential learning to 70 percent (our goal is 100 percent!), and instituted long-term internship agreements with local construction companies, government agencies, and private engineering firms to better match our students with employers. These include National Steel City, Granite Construction, Golden Construction, and Volkert Engineering.
  • Established several undergraduate scholarship endowments through the support of both individual benefactors and local companies.

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.

Fouad H. Fouad, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering