Structural Engineering

Structural engineers are designing infrastructure, critical to the 21st century. Structural engineers design, as well as analyze the response and behavior of various structures ranging from bridges, buildings, dams, tunnels, retaining walls and other such structures.

The Structural Engineering area provides a total program balanced with respect to basic and applied research, ranging from solid mechanics to high performance computing and earthquake engineering. These involve both theoretical and experimental investigations pertaining to the science, mechanics, risk and reliability for response and behavior of reinforced concrete (RC), prestressed concrete (PC), structural steel, and structural composites.

Structural Engineering's faculty members are dedicated to teaching and research. The 66,000 square-foot Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world which provides hands-on opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. View the live web cam of the Bowen Lab, and check out the projects page for a sampling of Bowen Lab research.


A team comprised of Purdue civil engineering students advised by Prof. Santiago Pujol emerged victorious in the 2014 International Bridge Contest. Purdue has won the contest four of the past five years.
Prof. Julio Ramirez will be inducted into the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering's Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Texas at Austin on October 24, 2014.
Robert J. Frosch
Robert J. Frosch, professor of civil engineering and associate dean of resource planning and management, has been given the Arthur J. Boase Award from ACI, the American Concrete Institute.