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Civil Engineering - Hands-on Projects

Civil Engineering students in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture have had opportunities to work on local and international interdisciplinary projects.  For example, sophomores in an engineering design course worked with our student chapter of Engineers Without Borders to develop and implement sustainable water supply solutions for villages in India and Kenya.  Students in a surveying course assist the University in meeting a requirement of an Army Corps of Engineers permit by mapping important features of a University conservation area each year. Others have performed a traffic impact study for a magnet school in the city of Hartford or grown algae as a potential source of biofuel.  Students have actually traveled to India and Kenya to work on their water and energy projects. Still others have worked on an industrial archeology project on the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. These trips are partially or fully funded through fundraising.

A group of students has collaborated with students from the Vellore Institute of Technology in India to develop a sustainable business solution or social enterprise to provide potable water to those people who are too poor to purchase clean water.  Our students also can study abroad for one or two semesters. Some have already completed study in Australia and Scotland.

Students have the opportunity to participate in many different engineering clubs and work on projects like the design and construction of a concrete canoe.  The University is affiliated with the Construction Institute, an industry organization that shares experiences and knowledge, and through the Institute our students garner numerous opportunities to visit construction sites around the Greater Hartford area.

Undergraduate students have opportunities to be paid assistants to faculty with funded research and our alumni provide a strong network to help students find paid internships during the school year and summer.