Civil engineering is about the planning, design, construction and operation of facilities essential to modern life, ranging from bridges to transit systems. Civil engineers are problem solvers, meeting the challenges of community planning, water supply, structures, traffic congestion, energy needs, pollution, and infrastructure improvements. Societal needs, economic conditions and public safety are paramount in the work accomplished by civil engineers. Technologies related to computer aided design (CAD), geographical information systems (GIS) and 3-D computer modeling are a necessity in all areas of civil engineering.
Both private companies and public agencies seek civil engineers for a variety of professional positions. Many work for engineering consulting firms or construction companies as design engineers, field engineers and project managers. They also join government agencies to oversee transportation, water supply, environmental protection, and resource management. Graduates are equally prepared to pursue Master's and Ph.D. degrees in allied fields, as well as business, management and law degrees.
The vision of the Civil Engineering Department is to be recognized as a national department of choice for quality civil engineering education, applied research that drives regional economic development, and enjoys international accreditation
The mission of Civil Engineering Department is to offer highly rewarding career oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs aligned with the needs of the United Arab Emirates and the region through excellence in teaching, student learning, faculty scholarship and engagement in community development. Programs offered by the department produce graduates who are well-rounded in mathematical, engineering, and scientific knowledge; who have the ability to analyze, evaluate, and design civil engineering systems; who have the ability to communicate effectively; and who have acquired an understanding and appreciation for global and societal issues.