Construction Engineering

Construction Engineers help build a better world by designing, planning and managing structures such as highways, bridges, airports, railroads, buildings, dams and reservoirs. Construction of such projects requires knowledge of engineering management principles and business procedures, economics and human behavior. Construction engineers engage in the design of structures along with cost estimating, materials procurement, equipment selection and apply science with engineering methods.

Construction Engineering faculty prepare students to practice as professional engineers and managers in the diverse construction industry. This includes research and education opportunities in discrete event simulation, 3D animation, virtual reality of construction operations, augmented reality, construction safety (CSA and NIOSH organizations), emerging construction technologies, and multimedia development for construction.


Dunston and Louis
Project managers at construction, mining and agricultural sites could benefit from technology developed by Purdue University civil engineers that could provide a real-time overview and help control cost and time overruns. Professor Phillip Dunston and doctoral candidate Joseph Louis have created technology that provides real-time, actionable insights to a project site manager.
Panagiota Karava
Associate Professor Panagiota Karava is leading a multi-disciplinary Purdue team that has been awarded a $1.2M National Science Foundation grant for their project "CyberSEES -Type 2: Human-centered systems for cyber-enabled sustainable buildings."