The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Qatar University awards the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in Civil Engineering. The Architectural Engineering Program was “frozen” in 2009.
Civil Engineering is the broadest and oldest of the engineering disciplines, spanning across many technical specialties which are not independent, but rather interact with each other. Civil engineers plan, design, construct and maintain the physical and naturally built environment including buildings; roads; bridges; airports; railways; ports; water distribution and wastewater collection systems; waste disposal facilities; tunnels; stadiums; offshore structures; dams; and other infrastructure projects. As civil engineers develop their skills, they can advance into the area of engineering management, overseeing the completion of the whole project.
Our Civil Engineering Program’s intake has increased from a low of 45 students in 2012 to a high of 90 students in 2015. A total of 36 students graduated in 2014-2015. In addition, the department has 28 master’s and 5 doctoral students. The Civil Engineering graduates secure full employment within three months of their graduation. Our students find jobs in the private and public sectors including Ashghal, Qatar Petroleum, Parsons International, Al-Jaber Trading Company and many others.
Our students have to complete a total of 131 credit hours in order to graduate with the B.S. degree. Our curriculum ensures an excellent coverage of mathematics and basic sciences; general education; communication skills development; engineering fundamentals; core and upper level civil engineering courses’ requirements; and design experience. Additional opportunities to enhance professional development include industrial training; field visits; presentations by practicing engineers; involvement in research projects and competitions; participation in the ASCE Student Chapter; and participation in students’ exchange through the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Expertise (IAESTE) Program.
The department has 19 faculty members, 7 full-time teaching assistants, 2 engineering technicians, and one secretary. One of those faculty members is the president of Qatar University. All faculty members have PhDs from various reputable institutions in three countries (USA, UK and Canada). The faculty members’ specialties cover various areas of Civil Engineering including structures; transportation; geotechnical and materials; water resources; environmental engineering; and construction management and engineering. Eight faculty members are also holders of the professional engineering license from the USA, Canada and Jordan. Our faculty members are also active in research and other scholarly work, professional service, and community engagement. As of 2015, the department has close to 8 million dollars of research funding.
The existing computing facilities in the College of Engineering and the various laboratories in our department are well equipped for both undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. The university facilities, including the library and other learning support services, are easily accessible to our students.
We are proud of our students, faculty, teaching assistants, and other supporting staff. We are also proud that the Civil Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Accreditation ensures that the students, parents, employers, and the society we serve can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.