Message From Department Chair

jps20123cThe UCLA Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department is in a period of rapid growth and diversification that is strengthening our influence within the UCLA community, Los Angeles, California, and the broader nation and world.

We’ve experienced sorrows and triumphs, but the department has never been stronger nor better positioned for strategic growth and leadership on pressing infrastructure challenges facing California and beyond.

Three outstanding new faculty have joined us. Coming as Assistant Professors are Timu Gallien (urban coastal flood protection, coastal hazards) and Sanjay Mohanty
(water quality, sustainability). Distinguished Professor Ali Mosleh joins us through joint appointment with Materials Science and Engineering. Professor Mosleh is the director of the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences and is among the top risk engineering experts in the nation. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. We bid a fond farewell to Professor Keith Stolzenbach, who retired in July 2016. Keith served with distinction for 24 years, being among our most popular teachers and a world-renowned researcher in Environmental Engineering. Keith, the faculty and generations of students thank you for your dedication to excellence in teaching, research, and service. You will be missed.

The creativity, innovation, and output of our research enterprise continue to grow and gain increasing recognition. Many faculty and students have received major awards, as highlighted below. A common denominator to the research happening here is relevance and consequentiality. We focus on developing innovative and creative solutions to the complex, multi-faceted problems of our age, including effects of climate change and global warming on our water supply, earthquake risk to our dams, levees, and buildings, and developing next generation building materials that enhance sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A few highlights are provided in our department newsletter.

Our undergraduate students had an exceptional year. The ASCE student chapter placed first in the highly competitive Pacific Southwest Conference, and went on to place second in the national concrete canoe competition. They were also, once again, named the distinguished student chapter for ASCE Region 9.

Admission to our department remains extremely competitive, with 1447 seeking Freshman admission and 81 enrolling for Fall 2016. The students making the cut represent diverse populations, including 42% from traditionally under-represented minority populations in engineering. Moreover, 40% of our undergraduate students, and 36% of our doctoral students are women, both approximately 70% above national averages. We take pride in the excellence and diversity of our students.

Go Bruins!

Jonathan P. Stewart, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor and Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering