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.


Alumni Spotlights

September 23, 2022

Rick Conner joins National Academy of Construction

Willis "Rick" Conner, PE, SE (BSCE 1976) has been elected to the National Academy of Construction. Established in 1999, NAC recognizes industry leaders from across the U.S. who demonstrate exceptional leadership and service with a continued commitment to innovation.
August 25, 2022

Kevin Fitzpatrick joins National Academy of Construction

Benesch President and CEO Kevin Fitzpatrick, PE (BSCE 1985) has been elected to the National Academy of Construction. Established in 1999, NAC recognizes industry leaders from across the U.S. who demonstrate exceptional leadership and service with a continued commitment to innovation.
August 16, 2022

Siddharth Saksena receives AWRA Ivan Johnson Award

Dr. Siddharth Saksena (MSCE '14, PhD '19), Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, has received the A. Ivan Johnson Award for Young Professionals presented by the American Water Resources Association.
June 14, 2022

Alumnus Testimonial: Kenneth Beache

Alumnus Kenneth Beache (MSCE '94), President of Metric Environmental, LLC, discusses how his Purdue degrees and experiences have helped his career.
April 27, 2022

Charles K. Nmai elected president of American Concrete Institute

Charles K. Nmai (Ph.D. 1987), 2012 recipient of the CE Alumni Achievement Award, has been elected to serve as president of the American Concrete Institute for 2022-2023. He is Head of Engineering at Master Builders Solutions Admixtures US LLC in Cleveland, OH.
March 11, 2022

Dr. Kasey Faust receives 2022 Halpin Award

Dr. Kasey Faust (MSCE '10, MSIE '13, PhD '15), Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has received the Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction. The award is presented by the ASCE Construction Institute.
March 3, 2022

Lesley Sneed named Distinguished Woman Scholar

Lesley Sneed (PhD '07), Professor of Civil, Materials, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been selected as one of the 2022 Distinguished Women Scholars for her exceptional leadership and significant contributions to her field.
February 28, 2022

Daryl Knip named President/CEO of Abonmarche

CE alumnus Daryl Knip (BSCE '94) has been promoted to President/CEO of Abonmarche Consultants. Daryl is responsible for managing Abonmarche operations that include nine offices in Indiana and Michigan.
February 28, 2022

Hardik Shah receives ITE Transportation Professional of the Year honors

CE alumnus Hardik Shah (MSCE '03/'05) has received the inaugural 2021 Transportation Professional of the Year Award from the Indiana Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the ITE Indiana Section through achievements in the transportation/traffic engineering profession.
January 27, 2022

Passing of Dr. Matthew Witczak

Dr. Matthew W. Witczak (Ph.D. 1969), Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Maryland, passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 18th.
January 7, 2022

Tim Gunn recognized by ENR for SLU hospital project

Tim Gunn (BSCE '91), Vice President of Construction for Alberici Constructors, Inc., along with the SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital campus renewal project team, has been recognized by Engineering News-Record with the Health Care Award of Merit for their innovative approach to modular design and off-site construction.
November 29, 2021

James Lambrechts receives BSCES Honorary Member, College Educator Awards

Wentworth Institute of Technology Civil Engineering Professor and Lyles School of Civil Engineering alumnus James Lambrechts (MSCE 1976) was honored earlier this year by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES) of the American Society of Civil Engineers with two recognitions of distinction: the BSCES Honorary Member Award and the BSCES College Educator Award.
September 30, 2021

Chris Burke receives Honorary Doctorate at UIC

CE alumnus Chris Burke (BSCE '77, MSCE '79, PhD '83, HDR 2010) has received the honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering from the University of Illinois Chicago for his contributions to the field of civil engineering.
September 14, 2021

Paul Mlakar featured in ASCE podcast reflecting on 9/11 Pentagon attack

Paul Mlakar (PhD '75) is an ASCE distinguished member with more than 40 years of service with the United State Army Corps of Engineers, now in the role of Engineer Emeritus for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. And 20 years ago, he led the ASCE team investigating the damage done by the Sept. 11 attack at the Pentagon. In episode 85 of ASCE Plot Points, Mlakar looks back on that investigation, Sept. 11, and how the profession has changed.
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