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Glenn Department of Civil Engineering


Global Perspective

The Civil Engineering faculty is committed to the Strategic Goals of the department. We aim to build relationships across the college and industry, develop engineers who have a global impact, address society's infrastructure, and foster an inclusive environment.

Our core values are based on honesty, integrity, and transparency. Students, alumni, staff, faculty, and associates expect and require all three from ourselves and from each other.

Strategic Guide Core Values
Two students standing in a tunnel in China during study abroad.
Speaker at CE/CM conference on campus.
Students helping build Habitat For Humanity house on Bowman field.

Academic Excellence

The Department offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs leading to the BSCE, M.S., or Ph.D. degrees; this includes an online Master of Engineering degree and certificate programs. Faculty specializations include Applied Fluid Mechanics, Construction Engineering and Management, Construction Materials, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering and Transportation systems. Undergraduate students can choose technical electives to complete an "emphasis" in a particular subdiscipline, such as environmental engineering or structural engineering.

Student organizations include the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the Chi Epsilon Honor Society, and specific emphasis area interest groups. Our Program Educational Objectives and Program Outcomes are evaluated and accredited regularly to meet the needs of our students and employers.

Undergraduate Programs Graduate Programs

Upcoming Events

The College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences regularly holds workshops, seminars, symposiums, and conferences throughout the year.

    News & Celebrations

    Our mission is to create an inclusive, supportive, and engaging environment for our students to become career-ready Civil Engineering professionals prepared to have a global impact - from integrating our core values to creating opportunities for engaged learning.

    McLamarrah at TGC Awards Ceremony.

    Lasting Impacts

    The Civil Engineering Department alumni are an integral part of the Department's extended family. We partner with alumni and friends to address grand challenges and proactively expand our students' perspectives through scholarship, teaching, research, and outreach.

    Ogle, as the new chair of the Department, plans to bring the sensibilities she developed in her own undergraduate experience to helping today’s students succeed.

    Ogle profile

    “To see the impact our students can have not only here in our own community but around the world, that’s the amazing, fun part of this job.”

    Jennifer Ogle
    Department Chair

    Awards & Recognitions

    To recognize accomplished alumni of the Clemson Civil Engineering Department, the Department's Advisory Board established the Civil Engineering Department Distinguished Alumni Award. For our undergraduate and graduate students, we award department honors for their commitment and dedication to academic excellence.

    Alumni Awards Student Awards
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    Civil Engineering History

    Department Founding

    Civil engineering is among the oldest disciplines at Clemson University, having been taught since its foundation of the University in 1889. The first civil engineer from the program graduated in 1896. Lowry Hall is the home of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering and was the first modern academic building on campus. Current enrollments are about 400 undergraduate and over 100 graduate students.

    The Engineering Department grew to become the School of Engineering and Civil Engineering became its own department in 1932. Growth for the discipline and the whole of engineering occurred at the same time.

    The Glenn Family

    Gerald Glenn, a 1964 Clemson alumnus and former executive of international engineering firms, and his wife Candice have made giving back a priority. A $5 million gift from them helps Clemson University address one of the nation's largest problems in the 21st century: the rebuilding of America’s infrastructure. Gerald graduated from Clemson in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and became chairman, president and CEO of Chicago Bridge and Iron.

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    Glenn Department of Civil Engineering | Lowry Hall, Clemson, SC 29634