Department of Civil Engineering

 

Civil Engineering is one of the oldest engineering disciplines that plays an active role for offering comfortable living of human life in this planet. It shapes the physical environment of the cities we live in and the way we travel. It is a wide ranging profession, including several separate specialized sub-disciplines. It is linked to knowledge of structures, materials science, geography, geology, soils, hydrology, environment, mechanics and other fields. It is gaining more importance in the world today, as there is an increasing need for buildings and structures to be constructed. Civil Engineering takes place in the public sector from municipal through to national governments, and in the private sector from individual homeowners through to international companies. As such, the career prospects for Civil Engineers are very bright. A career in Civil Engineering can be very challenging, but it promises great rewards. Therefore, in the current scenario of higher education, Civil Engineering has become one of the most important areas of science and engineering education.

The Department of Civil Engineering (CE) at East West University offers four-year Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree program in Civil Engineering (CE) with an ambition of developing competent work force for the continuous demands in this sector at both home and abroad. The curriculum of the degree is prepared with the intension to groom up the students to effectively contribute in all aspects of Civil Engineering. Therefore, the curriculum of the B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (CE) program focuses on (i) Structural Engineering, which involves the design of structures (Buildings, bridges, flyover, tunnel, tower, retaining walls, etc.) that should be safe for the users, be economical, and accomplish the desired functions. (ii) Geotechnical Engineering, which deals with soils, rocks, foundations of buildings and bridges, highways, sewers and underground water systems. (iii) Water Resources Engineering that concerns the management of quantity and quality of water in the underground and above ground water resources, such as rivers, lakes and streams. Geographical areas are analysed to forecast the amount of water that will flow into and out of a water source. Fields of hydrology, geology, and environmental science are included in this discipline of Civil Engineering, (iv) Environmental Engineering, which is related to the science of waste management of all types, purification of water, cleaning of contaminated areas, reduction of pollution, and industrial ecology and (v) Transportation Engineering, where technology and scientific principles are applied to the planning, functional design, operation and management of facilities for any mode of transportation in order to provide for the safe, efficient, rapid, comfortable, convenient, economical, and environmentally compatible movement of people and goods.

Now-a-days, Civil Engineers have to be more interactive with the society and they must possess a very broad skill set, from cost accounting to geology as well. Many Civil Engineering works require a very hands-on role in construction, while others may demand more heavily weighted toward supervisory and administrative skills. Civil Engineers are often called upon to present reports to the public or government officials. Whatever the details of their role, Civil Engineers must often manage very complex projects, leading many to specialize in one of several areas. Therefore, along with the technical skills the other required skills are skills of visualization and critical thinking, management and leadership skill, and excellent communication skill.

Civil Engineering utilizes technical information obtained from numerous other sciences, and with the advancement in all types of technologies, the Civil Engineering has also benefited tremendously. The future of Civil Engineering is expected to be revolutionized by the new technologies including design software, GPS, GIS systems and other latest technical expertise in varied fields. Technology will continue to make important changes in the application of Civil Engineering, including the rapid progress in the use of 2-D and 3-D design tools. With the modern up to date course syllabus and the research scope, the students get the chance to be acquainted with the latest science and technology of this field.

Contact

Dr. Md. Rabiul Alam
Chairperson & Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
A/2, Jahurul Islam City, Aftabnagar, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
Email: rabiul@ewubd.edu
Telephone: +880-2-09666775577 Ext. 323
Fax: +880-2-9897322