Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Research and Activities

The graduate and undergraduate programs in civil and Architectural engineering provide an interdisciplinary atmosphere conducive to preparation of qualified candidates for careers in structural engineering, geo-technical engineering, highway engineering, water resources and environmental engineering. Our advanced studies in civil engineering include research and the professional specialization development in our students gained from the cooperative interdisciplinary effort obtained from course offerings among the departments of civil, mechanical, industrial, and environmental engineering, as well as computer sciences and business administration. Graduate students' degree plans can be arranged as major and minor areas of studies in order to establish a successful track record for conducting research as their theses.

The recently funded research projects include:

Assessment of need and feasibility of Truck-mounted changeable message signs for unscheduled operations. (TxDOT project)

Online Survey for the use of TMCMS (survey no longer available)

  • Improved positive protection guidance for work zones. (TxDOT project)
  • Highway cable median barrier in-service performance evaluation to develop the guideline to direct installation and maintenance of high tension cable median barriers to reduce the crash rate and severity of median cross-over accidents on interstate highway. (TxDOT project)
  • Evaluating road user cost and highway capacity to improve traffic flow operation and safety through interstate highway work zones. (TxDOT project)
  • Utilizing non-traditional technology and equipment to collect and apply Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) data for regional transportation planning. (TxDOT project)
  • Feasibility of Speed Harmonization and Peak Period Shoulder Use to Manage Urban Freeway Congestion. (TxDOT project)
  • Synthesis of Wave Load Design Methods for Coastal Bridges Durability of Composite Bars in Concrete Elements. (TxDOT project)