Carolyn J. Merry
Graduate Student Coordinator
About the Department
Civil, environmental and geodetic engineering is about preparing professionals for service to society. We strive to improve the quality of life, leisure and travel, and the science of observing our world. This requires the skillful planning, design, construction, and operation of facilities that surround us in modern life, ranging from transit systems to waste treatment facilities to space satellites.
In the 21st century, the demand for civil, environmental and geodetic engineers will increase significantly. Efforts to rebuild, improve and secure our country’s infrastructure, including our highways, bridges, tunnels, dams, harbors, airports, waterways, railways, power plants, air and water treatment plants, drainage systems, and waste disposal facilities, are undertaken every day.
Civil, environmental and geodetic engineering at The Ohio State University offers students an exciting academic program enhanced by experiences in sophisticated laboratory facilities. Our department offers a challenging and intellectual experience designed to provide students with the resources and background necessary to succeed in civil and environmental engineering.
Careers in Civil and Environmental Engineering
As environmental concerns mount, the technological revolution expands, and we pioneer into space, the demand for civil, environmental and geodetic engineers will rise. They will design, build, and maintain the facilities essential to our civilization. This demand will be augmented by the effort to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, including highways, bridges, water and wastewater treatment plants, and other public buildings.
Employment in various government agencies, the aerospace industry, consulting, engineering marketing or sales, and private industry provides career opportunities, which are many and varied depending upon the type of engineering pursued. Salaries are competitive with all other engineering areas. Job growth in civil, environmental and geodetic engineering is expected to be strong over the next decade, especially with the current national interest in infrastructure and the environment.
Current research areas include structural vibration problems; development and behavior of concrete structures and structural composites; artificial intelligence and knowledge-based expert systems; dynamics of flow and sediment transport in coastal engineering; mathematical modeling and rheological characterization of material behavior; field performance of earth and rock structures; construction safety and reliability; probabilistic modeling of transportation systems; transportation infrastructure modeling; transportation planning and forecasting; intelligent transportation systems; positioning, navigation and timing (PNT); water and hazardous waste treatment; advanced oxidation processes; photochemistry; membrane processes; water chemistry; contaminant fate and transport; colloid transport; waste re-use; and industrial ecology.