Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Civil engineering taught as a component of the first Mechanics Course
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.
Department of Civil Engineering and Mathematics established
Mechanics Course curricula divided; result was the creation of the Department of Civil Engineering and Mathematics
Wallace C. Riddick becomes first professor of civil engineering
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.
First Asian graduate
Teisaku Sugishita (of Tokyo, Japan) graduates with a degree in Civil Engineering, becoming the first Asian student to receive a degree from NC State. The 1899 alumni directory lists Sugishita as working for the Imperial Railway of Japan; he is last listed in the 1904 alumni directory; subsequent directories list him as "not heard from"; and assume his participation in (and possible death during) the Russo-Japan War of 1904-1905.
- 1906 Department of Civil Engineering established
- 1906 First Professional Degree in Civil Engineering awarded to Caroll Lamb Mann
Civil Engineering Society induction
The State College Civil Engineering Society is recognized by and inducted into the North Carolina Society of Civil Engineers
Undergraduate specialties in Civil Engineering
Three undergraduate specialties were offered in the Civil Engineering degree program: General Civil Engineering, Highway Engineering, and Architectural Engineering.
- 1925 First M.S. degree in engineering awarded in Civil Engineering
Undergraduate specialties revised
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.
Wilfred George Geile joins faculty
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.
New Civil Engineering Building constructed
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.
First B.S. degree in Civil Engineering with Construction Engineering Option awarded
John E. Powers of Maple Hill, N.C., was awarded the first B.S. in Civil Engineering with the Construction Engineering Option.
Associated General Contractors of America Charter
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.
Degree specialty in Sanitary Engineering introduced
The degree specialty in Sanitary Engineering was added to the Civil Engineering curriculum.
North Carolina Building Code
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
Civil Engineering curriculum receives accreditation from the Engineers' Council for Professional Development.
Degree specialties phased out
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.
Consolidated curriculum after World War II
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.
- 1948 Charles R. Bramer serves as acting head of department
Ralph Fadum becomes head of department
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 becomes first female student to receive a B.S. in Civil Engineering
Emily Catherine Brown Blount of Fayetteville, NC, became the first female 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 female licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina in 1960, and in 2007 she was inducted into the North Carolina Transportation Hall of Fame.
Civil Engineering Construction Option (CEC) degree program approved
Curriculum developed by Carroll Lamb Mann, Jr., who joined faculty in 1953.
Industrial Experiment Program established
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.
Mann Hall dedicated
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 Daniels Hall.
Industrial Experiment Program becomes Industrial Extension Service
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.
First Ph.D. awarded in Civil Engineering
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.
Brig. Gen. Richard Jewett leads extension
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.
- 1965 Donald L. Dean becomes head of department
Ray DeBruhl leads extension
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 receives PhD in civil engineering
Samia Galal Abdel Hamid Saad of Alexandria, Egypt, becomes the first woman to receive a PhD in civil engineering at NC State.
First Ph.D. faculty in construction program hired, Stephens Nunnally and David Johnston
Nunnally and Johnston were hired to re-implement a graduate program specializing in construction engineering.
Colonel William “Bill” D. Alexander III receives the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumni Award
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.
Masters degrees with construction specialty offered
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 becomes head of department
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.
Construction Management degree program approved
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.
- 1988 E. Downey Brill, Jr., becomes head of department
Center for Nuclear Power Plant Structures, Equipment and Piping founded
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
CEC degree specialty renamed to include Construction Management degree option
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).
Constructed Facilities Laboratory building opens
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
Alumnus Johnnie Hooper Jones leads construction of Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lampur
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.
Department responds to Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
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
World Trade Center beam donated
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.
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
The Department of Civil Engineering is renamed the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering.
- 2005 George F. List becomes head of department
New environmental lab facility opens in Broughton Hall
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.