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History and Current Status

The University of Kansas was officially founded in September 1866. Engineering courses have been offered at KU since 1869. One of the first four degrees awarded by the University of Kansas was a B.A. in Civil and Topographical Engineering to Murray Harris in 1873.  This was the first engineering degree awarded in the State of Kansas.  The School of Engineering was organized in 1891 and was the first in Kansas.  The first Dean of the School was Frank O. Marvin, who previously was Chair of the Civil Engineering Department.  The civil engineering program is currently accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org).  The most recent review of the program by ABET was in 2012.  The KU Civil Engineering Program has been a part of the ABET accreditation process dating back to at least 1936 (then the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development), when future Dean of the School, Ivan C. Crawford, was a member of the accreditation team1.

1Maloney, J.O. (1989). A History of the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas 1868-1988. KU School of Engineering. Lawrence, Kansas. 438 pp.


Program Objective

Graduates who pursue a career in Civil Engineering will be successfully engaged in professional engineering practice or graduate study in the analysis, design, construction, and operation of public and private infrastructure systems.


Program Outcomes

It is a goal of the CEAE department that students graduating with a degree in civil engineering have the following:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

The KU School of Engineering gathers and posts this data for all its undergraduate degree programs:



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