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Why wait for graduate school to participate in cutting-edge research? Interested undergraduate students may take an active role in hands-on research experiences under the supervision of faculty. Challenging investigations will put your classroom knowledge into practice as you solve real-world problems. Civil engineering students and faculty have taken part in constructing wastewater treatment plants, envisioning more secure dams, troubleshooting and repairing bridges and increasing the efficiency of the nation’s rail system.

Kentucky Transportation Center

The Department of Civil Engineering has a long-standing collaborative partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Center, the research arm of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Faculty and students in transportation engineering maintain close ties with the center, conducting research projects of mutual interest and leading professional development programs. The physical materials used by civil engineers have long been a major focus of research in the center. Emerging research concerns ways to strengthen transportation infrastructure and security.

Humanitarian Engineering

Several faculty members within the University of Kentucky College of Engineering and throughout UK involve themselves in humanitarian engineering. Professors have taken teams to develop infrastructure in Haiti, Cameroon, Malawi, Belize, Ecuador and elsewhere in addition to serving under-resourced communities in Kentucky. 

The Humanitarian Engineering Group is qualified to provide technical support to government and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) to help develop agricultural and infrastructure resources. Its experience and capabilities can be employed to address a broad spectrum of needs, including management and conservation of water resources, mitigation of the effects of natural hazards such as earthquakes and floods, infrastructure development, construction management, implementation of efficient agricultural practices and harnessing of renewable energy. Members of the Humanitarian Engineering Group work at the national, state, local and community levels.