About CEI

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 25 years later.

From the CEI Chairman —

April 20, 2016

Dear Members and Friends of the Civil Engineering Institute,

Another year has come and gone, but what remains constant is the continuing support from the Civil Engineering Institute (CEI) to the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering. It is my pleasure to report on our activities during 2015.

During this past year CEI was proud to partner with the University to achieve the following:

  • Provide critical funding for enhanced student learning experiences through Chi Epsilon, ASCE, DBIA, Engineers for International Development (EfID), and SAME;
  • Provide adjunct faculty and guest speakers;
  • Provide Scholarships and Internships to deserving students, including critical funding to establish the Michael J. Casey Endowed Scholarship;
  • Hold our 9th Annual Awards Luncheon where engineering excellence and leadership were honored;
  • Provide funding for civil engineering graduation class dinners where student success is honored in front of the students’ families and faculty;
  • Establish a seminar series to improve interaction between the faculty and industry, while providing Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to support licensure requirements; and
  • Provide input on curriculum changes, including a Special Advisory Panel on the construction engineering program.

CEI continues to look for ways to enhance the interaction between the academic community and industry. We strongly believe that strong industry involvement makes the academic program better, and more attuned to the students’ needs to enter the work force with sufficient skills to be a success. We also believe that our industry can benefit from focused research that works on problems bedeviling our industry, which often is not done because the two communities are not interacting. Our new seminar series will provide greater opportunities for practicing professionals to become aware of the great resources available at GMU while obtaining CEUs required for license renewals.

In the associated pages of this website, you will learn in greater detail about the strengths and successes of the program, where CEI’s contribution was crucial. Join with us as we support one of the fastest growing civil engineering programs in the United States that is focused on being relevant to industry. Our membership is growing, but there still remains a place for you.

The Institute continues to run on a sound fiscal basis and is looking forward to another great year.


S. Richard Benton, P.E., F.ASCE, DBIA

CEI Chairman