Rao Govindaraju

Welcome to the Lyles School of Civil Engineering website!

As I continue my tenure as Head of our Lyles School of Civil Engineering, I look forward to the wonderful opportunities to work with our great students, faculty, staff, alums and friends to move the Lyles School to even greater levels of excellence in the coming years.

Each year brings us much excitement as we celebrate the many successes within our Lyles School of Civil Engineering. On February 21, 2014, the Purdue Board of Trustees announced the extraordinary generosity of alumni Bill, Gerald, and Will Lyles, who in conjunction with the Lyles Foundation have committed $15 million to the School of Civil Engineering. In appreciation for this remarkable gift, our school will now be named the Lyles School of Civil Engineering.

The Lyles' gift will contribute richly to our ongoing mission to take on the grand challenges that civil engineers are uniquely positioned to address. This support will broaden our capacities for learning and discovery, and for preparing graduates who take an active role in generating solutions to critical problems that will expand our impact on the world.

Among those grand challenges are the world's aging infrastructures for transportation, the power grid, and water-and fuel-supply systems. As we build on our strengths in big-data systems and computational solutions, we will continue to seek answers to long-term questions of sustainability and resiliency. These are key goals in our work on materials for infrastructures, and in the quest for affordable renewable energy sources.

To address these challenges and others, employment of civil engineers is projected to grow 20 percent by 2022 – more than the average for any other occupation. Our school will graduate civil engineers who are prepared to be leaders among their peers in this growing workforce and also in their communities.

The Lyles School of Civil Engineering includes nearly 400 graduate students, over 500 undergraduate students, 57 faculty members and 48 staff members. Our unique programs offer students the opportunity to study across sub-disciplines including architectural, construction, environmental, geomatics, geotechnical, hydraulic and hydrologic, materials, structural, and transportation engineering. We continue to rank among the nation's top programs, with an undergraduate ranking of 4th and a graduate ranking of 6th as reported in U.S. News and World Report. Our research awards continue to increase as well, as is evident by all of the ongoing Spotlight and News updates that you'll find on our home page. Feel free to check back frequently for exciting student, faculty, and alumni news.

I invite you to stop by and visit if you are in the West Lafayette area. If you would like additional information about our programs, please let us know of your interest.

Rao S. Govindaraju
Bowen Engineering Head of Civil Engineering and
Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professor of Civil Engineering