Message From the Chair

Atorod Azizinamini, Ph.D., P.E.

Greetings!

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the web site of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the Florida International University. On a daily basis, our lives are touched and affected by many facets of what Civil and Environmental Engineers contribute to society. From drinking water to the environment we live in, from transporting goods, commodities and people from one point to another to designing efficient transportation systems, from the structures of our homes to the places we work and play, in one way or another all are touched and influenced by the work and dedication of a cadre of Civil and Environmental Engineers.

Educating the future generation of civil and environmental engineers is therefore critical to our lives. Serving our main clientele, namely our students, shapes everything we do. Our activities and mission fall into three categories – teaching, research, and service. Each component of our mission is influenced by our desire to better serve our students. Research activities in the department has seen a surge and with that we are providing better opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students to be Worlds Ahead in their field. We are helping our profession and nation by sharing our knowledge and better serving the society. Our students come from every corner of the world and we have now expanded our reach to several Latin American countries.

Our department has evolved tremendously, in recent years. Our department has been the home to several world-renowned faculty members including Professor Emeritus Lambert Tall, Professor Emeritus Oktay Ural, and Professor Emeritus LeRoy Thompson. We have continued this trend by recently hiring world-renowned faculty. We have added new research centers to make FIU the nexus of information for the profession.We currently have 28 faculty members and a number of highly qualified affiliated and adjunct faculty and research associates. Our department currently offers two bachelors of science degree programs in civil and environmental engineering, two masters of science in civil engineering and environmental engineering, and a doctoral degree program in civil engineering. Our undergraduate enrollment stands at about 830. We also have about 175 graduate students, which includes over 70 doctoral students.

Our department proudly houses the nationally recognized Lehman Center for Transportation Research, named in the honor of Congressman Bill Lehman and his tireless efforts to make South Florida a better place. Our faculty members also have close collaborations and joint appointments with the International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC) and the Applied Research Center (ARC). The department is now home to Center for Accelerated Bridge Construction and is serving the nation in fulfilling a vacuum that existed for a number of years. In the 2011-12 academic year, we received over $5 million dollars of new research awards in the areas of transportation, bridge engineering, wind engineering, construction, geotechnical, and environmental, from a wide variety of funding sources, local, state, and federal.

I encourage you to visit us and see the changes, excitement and opportunities our department has to offer.

Atorod Azizinamini, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Email: aazizina@fiu.edu