Why Study Civil Engineering?
Bridges, roads, roofs, airports. Look around you wherever you go and you’ll see the work of civil engineers. We design, build, and maintain the foundation and infrastructure for our world- from interstate highways, suspension bridges, high-rise buildings, and energy systems, to seaports, airports, and community centers. We are always looking for new ways to build that will protect the environment, using new materials and methods to combat pollution, help structures maintain their integrity during natural disasters, and decrease our carbon footprint. A career in civil engineering can take you literally anywhere in the world. So if you want to be part of something big, whether that means building the skyscrapers that create signature skylines or a system to bring fresh water to a remote village, think about becoming a civil engineer.
Why study civil engineering at Purdue Northwest?
- Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is internationally recognized for its outstanding civil engineering program-and its close connection with the industries and communities in our region. You can see the impact of our graduates everywhere you look in Northwest Indiana.
- Purdue University Northwest is part of the world-renowned Purdue system.
- The PNW Civil Engineering program is ABET- accredited-and we make sure that we keep our classes small so that you can have lots of interaction with the faculty. You’ll work beside them in the lab-and on their research projects.
- And you’ll get the chance to show everybody what you’ve got by participating in design competitions and pulling together senior projects that tackle real-world, real-time problems.
- And you’ll get the chance to show everybody what you’ve got by participating in engineering student organizations, national design competitions and pulling together team-based senior design projects that tackle real-world, real-time problems.
- PNW civil engineers are designing smarter roads, better bridges, and more efficient buildings-and the result is a healthier, cleaner, and safer environment for all of us who live and work here.
- You’ll have the opportunity to earn both baccalaureate and master’s engineering degrees within five years.
- In addition to extensive technical skills, students learn project management and written and oral communication skills essential for the engineering profession.
- You’ll be sought after by a wide range of industries, follow a variety of exciting career paths, and are offered very competitive starting salaries.
PNW Civil Engineering students are in demand, not only for their deep appreciation and comprehension of the principles of engineering analysis and design-but also for their ability to identify opportunities, articulate a vision, and see projects through. They make us #PNWEngineeringProud.
Dr. Chandra V. Chandramouli specializes in water resources and environmental management. He uses simulation, geospatial modeling, and artificial intelligence techniques in water resources research. He was awarded the outstanding teacher award in 2016. He creates a very friendly and motivational learning environment for students even with respect to very challenging subject materials using research, real world examples and hands-on training. He also blends experiential learning into his course work. He has developed virtual 3D flood models and groundwater models by collaborating with CIVS. He is the coordinator of the civil engineering program at PNW.
Areas of Study
The Civil Engineering Bachelor of Science degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. This ensures that the program is independently reviewed and meets the quality expectation for that profession.
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Wally Petrovic is a civil engineering project manager in the Transmission & Distribution global practice at Burns & McDonnell, focusing on T&D capital programs, EPC projects and estimating services. He has a background in capital estimating for T&D projects, as both a project estimator & project manager for the development and implementation of best practices and new estimating platforms. His design experience includes overhead transmission design ranging from 69-kV to 765-kV, foundation design, material procurement, field engineering support, structural steel design, budgeting and scheduling.
Where do our alums work?
- ArcelorMittal Steel
- Cisco Systems
- John Deere
- Lucent Technologies
- Peoples Energy
- US Steel
Direct admission to the BS in Civil Engineering program requires consideration of standardized test scores and performance in mathematics additional to general University admissions requirements. Interested students who are not directly admissible to Civil Engineering may be admitted to a general admission program in which they can prepare for acceptance into the Civil Engineering program in the College of Engineering and Science.
- BP Scholarship
- College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science Scholarship
- Hunter Family Engineering Scholarship
- Jack E. Forbes Scholarship
- Louis & Frances Wermuth Scholarship
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- Schwingendorf Engineering Scholarship
- Sydney Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship
- Sydney Smith Talent Scholarship
- Enbridge Energy Pipeline Awareness Scholarship
- Michael Thompson Endowed Scholarship
- Society of Women Engineers
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- American Society of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Engineers
- National Society of Black Engineers
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
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- C E 31200 – Fluid Mechanics
- C E 33400 – Structural Analysis
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