Civil Engineering welcomes our alumni and friends.
Since Purdue's opening in 1874, Purdue has spurred the advancement of the civil engineering profession, pioneering in transportation, materials, structures, land surveying, construction, and environmental engineering. The Lyles School of Civil Engineering continues to lead as we take up the challenges of the 21st century. New technology, industry's demand for design and team experiences in the curriculum, the increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary research, along with other changes, affect how we educate our students and perform our mission of discovering new knowledge.
Getting involved is your opportunity to give back to the school in ways that further our mission and vision, connect with fellow alumni, enhance our communities, and reach out to students. Contact the Civil Engineering main office at (765) 494-2166 for information on how you can support your school. We look forward to hearing from you.
March 7, 2019
After leaving her home in Greece to study at Purdue, Vicky Keramida studied environmental engineering and took a giant leap to start her own international environmental engineering firm that is based in Indianapolis and 100 employees strong. "I think Purdue gave us the confidence that we could do anything we wanted," Keramida says.
February 22, 2019
Anne Bigane Wilson (BSCEM '79, MSCE '81), President of Bigane Paving Co., has been named recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award by the College of Engineering.
February 12, 2019
Richard Lewis was one of the signers of a petition to allow "colored" children to attend public school in Greensburg, Indiana. Could he possibly have envisioned that he would have a son who would someday become Purdue University's first African American graduate?
January 23, 2019
Shuai Li (PhD '17), Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, has been named the recipient of the ASCE Collingwood Prize for his paper entitled, "Integrating Natural Language Processing and Spatial Reasoning for Utility Compliance Checking," published in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.
December 12, 2018
The Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) at Penn State University has announced that Caitlin Grady (PhD 2015), assistant professor of civil engineering, has been selected as the center's inaugural Faculty Fellow. The fellowship will provide funding beginning in January 2019 for Grady’s security-related research.
November 2, 2018
Ron Klemencic (BSCE '85) has been selected to receive the 2019 OPAL award — presented by ASCE — for his innovation and excellence in civil engineering design. This year's OPAL leadership award winners will be honored at the 2019 OPAL Gala, March 14, in Arlington, VA.
October 25, 2018
The National Academy of Construction has elected Harold F. Force (BSCE 1973, MSCE 1974), president of Force Construction Company, Inc., and executive vice president of Force Design, Inc., as a member of its class of 2018. He was formally inducted on October 11 during the NAC annual meeting, held at the US Grant Hotel. The 2018 class includes 37 new inductees. More than 300 leaders were considered for the selective NAC election process.
August 31, 2018
Paul Amico (BSCE '96), Associate Vice President and Project Manager at Carollo Engineers, will be inducted into Purdue's Office of Professional Practice Cooperative Education Hall of Fame on September 14th.
June 26, 2018
Adam McAlpine (BSCE '00) has been named engineering director for the city of Valparaiso, Indiana. He formerly served as Valparaiso's chief deputy engineer, joining the city in 2010.
June 21, 2018
Cheryl Cunningham (BSCE '80) was recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana for her significant contributions to the practice of engineering. Cheryl recently founded and serves as president for “I Can Be An Engineer,” a 501(c)3 not for profit founded to inspire young minds to learn about engineering.
June 11, 2018
The 58th Annual CE Open was held on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Coyote Crossing Golf Club in West Lafayette, where we saw more than 70 golfers hit the links. Many thanks to our sponsors, and to everyone who joined us. We hope to see even more of you at next year's event!
June 5, 2018
Matt Lovell (MSCE '08, PhD '10), associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rose-Hulman University, has received the American Concrete Institute’s Walter P. Moore Jr. Faculty Achievement Award. The honor recognizes professors with demonstrated technical competence, high character and integrity who have less than seven years of faculty service in teaching concrete design, materials or construction.
April 11, 2018
Purdue University's Lyles School of Civil Engineering will recognize six passionate, influential and visionary graduates during the 25th annual Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Awards banquet on April 12, 2018.
April 9, 2018
Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Ron Klemencic (BSCE '85), Chairman & CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates and Director of the Charles Pankow Foundation, has received the 2018 Award of Excellence from Engineering News-Record.
March 23, 2018
Aleksandra Radlińska (PhD '08), assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State, has been elected a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) in recognition of her contributions to ACI.
March 7, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin Colucci (MSCE '80, PhD '84) for receiving the FHWA-USDOT Administrator's Public Service Award. This award recognizes outstanding leadership and accomplishments in advancing transportation education, research, and workforce development and strong partnership with the Federal Highway Administration.
February 28, 2018
William F. Brumund (BSCE '64, MSCE '65, PhD'69), former president and global CEO of Golder Associates, has been honored by ASCE as the 2018 Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) award-winner in management. The ASCE OPAL awards honor outstanding civil engineering leaders for their lifetime accomplishments. This year’s OPAL winners will be honored at the 2018 OPAL Gala, March 15, in Arlington, VA.
February 23, 2018
Zhichao Lai received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2009 from Tongji University. He started his graduate work at Purdue in the same year, and completed his Ph.D. in 2014 working with Prof. Varma in the area of steel-concrete composite members. In 2017, Dr. Lai was recruited by the Government of China and Fuzhou University as the top young researcher in the field of structural engineering.
February 23, 2018
Gerald Lyles (BSCE '64), Senior Vice President of Lyles Diversified Inc.; Carlos Odio (BSCE '65), Partner and Board Member of Valle Del Tarso S.A. and Ticofrut S.A.; and Milo Riverso (MSCE '82, PhD '84), President and CEO of STV Group Inc., have been named recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award by the College of Engineering.
October 7, 2017
Manuel Garcia-Lopez has dedicated his academic and professional life to the study, research, and development of geotechnics. He has taught for 52 consecutive years at Universidad Nacional in Colombia and approximately 45 years at the university he co-founded, Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria. A major building block of his successful career were his Masters studies in soil mechanics and foundation engineering at Purdue.