The Civil Engineering Institute (CEI) is the department’s industry advisory group, composed of local leaders in engineering involved in the design, construction, and management of civil infrastructure. CEI played a critical role in the department’s founding, and continues to guide, advise, and support our program over 26 years later.
On behalf of the Civil Engineering Institute Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to introduce our 2018 Annual Report. During this past year, CEI proudly supported the students and faculty of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering with programmatic funding, event participation, and activity coordination. Here are some examples of what we did:
We supported students by helping fund enhanced student
learning experiences, including American Society of Civil Engineers meetings and competitions, and Engineers for International Development outreach activities. We also provided supplemental funding for civil engineering class dinners, where we recognized student success; provided CEI members to serve as adjunct practitioner faculty, guest speakers, and judges for
senior design projects; and raised money for scholarships. We assisted Department Chair and Professor Sam Salem, Professor Mark Houck, and other faculty by sharing our knowledge of the profession during the successful ABET visit for CEIE evaluation, and we provided input on curriculum changes to keep pace with trends in the professional practice fields.
We helped organize our 12th Annual Awards Luncheon, where we recognized engineering excellence and leadership. We celebrated with the Volgenau School at the dedication of the John Toups Instructional Laboratory and convened a tour of the Potomac Science Center, where we met with faculty and students at this outstanding academic and research facility on Belmont Bay.
The Board of Directors is proud of the group’s accomplishments this past year and pleased to share this 2018 Annual Report with you. We continue to operate on a sound fiscal basis. And we are always looking to expand our member organizations.
Kurt R. Thompson, PE
Chair, Civil Engineering Institute