Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
The North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (A&M) taught two curricula: agriculture and mechanics. The mechanics curriculum included fundamentals of civil and mechanical engineering.
Mechanics Course curricula divided; result was the creation of the Department of Civil Engineering and Mathematics
Wallace C. Riddick worked as a civil engineer before joining the faculty at NC State and continued professional service in Raleigh while teaching, including work on rebuilding the city’s water system. He served as President of North Carolina State College from 1916 to 1923, and was the founding dean of the School of Engineering from 1923 to 1937.
Teisaku Sugishita of Japan graduates with a degree in Civil Engineering, becoming the first Asian student to receive a degree from NC State. Sugishita enrolled in 1894.
The State College Civil Engineering Society is recognized by and inducted into the North Carolina Society of Civil Engineers
Three undergraduate specialties were offered in the Civil Engineering degree program: General Civil Engineering, Highway Engineering, and Architectural Engineering.
Architectural engineering program and students were transferred to the new Architectural Engineering Department. The Civil Engineering Department instead offered special undergraduate specialties in General Civil Engineering, Highway Engineering, and Construction Engineering.
Structural engineer Wilfred George Geile joined the faculty as Associate Professor of Construction Engineering, and taught construction specialty courses that emphasize estimating, construction methods, construction engineering, and management of operations.
By the 1920s, Winston Hall, shared by Civil Engineering and others, was no longer meeting the needs of the department. Construction of a new facility named the Civil Engineering Building began in 1927 and was completed in 1928. It was initially a two story building located south of the 1911 Building.
John E. Powers of Maple Hill, N.C., was awarded the first B.S. in Civil Engineering with the Construction Engineering Option.
NC State receives the first Charter issued by the Associated General Contractors of America for a Student Chapter. A student delegation received the charter at the A.G.C. national convention in Washington, DC, and met with President Hoover.
The degree specialty in Sanitary Engineering was added to the Civil Engineering curriculum.
The first North Carolina Building Code was published as Bulletin No. 10 of the NC State College Engineering Experiment Station, following efforts by construction and structural engineer Professor Wilfred George Geile to organize and create legislation for a State Building Code.
Civil Engineering curriculum receives accreditation from the Engineers' Council for Professional Development.
Due to low regular enrollments during World War II, degree specializations in Construction, Sanitary, Structural, and Transportation Engineering were phased out, leaving only the general Civil Engineering degree available.
After attempting to reintroduce degree specialties in Construction, Sanitary, Structural, and Transportation Engineering, the department was overloaded with students returning from the war and offered only a "consolidated curriculum in Civil Engineering." The consolidated curriculum included courses from each of the option areas.
Ralph Fadum came to NC State in 1949 as a Professor and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, holding this position until 1962.
Emily Catherine Brown Blount of Fayetteville, NC, became the first woman student to receive a B.S. in civil engineering from NC State in 1953, and received a profession degree in civil engineering in 1954. Blount went on to become the first woman licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina in 1960, and in 2007 she was inducted into the North Carolina Transportation Hall of Fame.
Curriculum developed by Carroll Lamb Mann, Jr., who joined faculty in 1953.
The North Carolina General Assembly provided support for the establishment of the Industrial Experiment Program, a service which expanded upon existing extension services in the School of Engineering to provide technical information to small industries. The program was designed to encourage new industry for the state and to increase utilization of the state’s natural resources.
The Civil Engineering Building expanded, 1950-1956, and was renamed Mann Hall after alumnus, retired professor, and department head Carroll Lamb Mann. Mann Hall later became the east wing of 111 Lampe Drive.
Financial support for engineering extension doubled under North Carolina’s State Technical Services Act and the Public Works and Economic Development Act, and the Industrial Experiment Program changed its name to the Industrial Extension Service to give it a title more indicative of its function. The School of Engineering continued its extension classes in industrial centers in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point, and frequently offered upper level and graduate course work at the centers.
The graduate program at NC State expanded in the 1960s, with a growing emphasis on science and engineering education in the United States following the launch of the Sputnik satellite in the Soviet Union in 1957. Changes were gradually implemented in individual courses, and other areas of civil engineering expanded graduate programs including the first Ph.D. granted in Civil Engineering at NC State.
With the support of the Carolinas Associate General Contractors and the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors, retired Brig. Gen. Richard Jewett was hired to organize initial extension programs in construction focusing on company management.
With the arrival of Ray DeBruhl as the extension program coordinator, the position became a joint faculty and extension position. The program expanded to offer short courses and to prepare studies for associations such as NC Home builders and NCDOT. DeBruhl was instrumental in implementing the Code Officials Qualification Board and organizing early building inspector training programs.
Samia Galal Abdel Hamid Saad of Alexandria, Egypt, becomes the first woman to receive a PhD in civil engineering at NC State.
Nunnally and Johnston were hired to re-implement a graduate program specializing in construction engineering.
Civil Engineering alumnus Colonel William “Bill” D. Alexander III (CE, '53), was named the 1976 recipient of the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Alexander contributed his engineering skills to the moon landings of the Apollo program in the 1960s as project manager for the design of the NASA Launch Support Facility.
After being suspended in the 1940s, the Master of Civil Engineering and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering with a specialty in Construction Engineering became available again. This began a steady stream of graduate degrees awarded with gradual expansion of graduate courses and research.
Paul Zia earned his B.S. in civil engineering from the National Chiao Tung University of China in 1949, his M.S. from the University of Washington in 1952, and Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1960. He joined the civil engineering faculty at NC State in 1961.
Mechanical contractors in North Carolina expressed interest in having a construction degree program at NC State that would provide a background in mechanical construction, and advocated for the creation of a Construction Management (CM) degree program that was distinct from the Construction Engineering degree. Less math and science was required in the CM degree, focusing instead on economics and business.
Civil engineering professor Ajaya Gupta was founding director of the Center for Nuclear Power Plant Structures, Equipment and Piping at NCSU (1991-2001), a university-based research and professional organization focused on areas of structural safety and risk assessment for nuclear facilities-related systems, equipment and piping. It was later re-named the Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities and Structures. The center developed a worldwide reputation with up to 20 ... More
Based on feedback from students with double majors in Civil Engineering Construction (CEC) and Construction Management (CM), the Construction Management (CM) degree was discontinued. The CEC degree program was renamed Construction Engineering and Management (CEM).
Department laboratory space expands to occupy part of the Constructed Facilities Laboratory on Centennial Campus. The laboratory became a hub of collaboration between the Civil Engineering department and private and government entities, to develop and evaluate the performance of new products and innovative structural systems. The facility included an environmental chamber used to test large-scale structural components subjected to severe environmental conditions, ... More
Alumni Johnnie Hooper Jones (BSCE ’53), Chairman of Board of J.A. Jones Inc., provided engineering leadership in construction of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. Construction on the towers was completed in 1997. They were acknowledged by Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as the tallest buildings in the world.
Following the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, the Department of Civil Engineering introduces new courses and research on the protection of civil infrastructure and high-risk transportation facilities in the face of terrorist attacks. Debra Laefer began teaching a policy-oriented course called “Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Populations from Terrorist Attack”; Dr. Laefer, John Stone, and Nagui Rouphail led research in transportation ... More
A portion of a steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center was donated to the department by David Griffin of D.H. Griffin Wrecking Company Inc. in Greensboro, NC, and Ronnie Stott (B.S. Civil Engineering, 1997), of the Raleigh office of Bovis-Lend Lease. Griffin led the demolition and recovery operations for Bovis on-site in New York City. The beam was placed on display in the lobby of Mann Hall.
The Department of Civil Engineering is renamed the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering.
5,200 square foot facility dedicated to environmental engineering research, supporting research programs in water and waste water treatment, contaminant transport and site remediation, solid waste engineering, and molecular microbial ecology.