Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Giving Opportunities

Designing, Constructing, and Maintaining Our Environment

Your gifts directly impact the education of students today and the civil and environmental engineering breakthroughs of tomorrow. Monetary gifts go toward attracting world-class faculty, supporting the creation of new and innovative programs, maintaining advanced facilities and equipment, and funding opportunities for real-world application and experience. These elements are necessary to provide tomorrow’s civil and environmental engineers with the tools to create a sustainable future for all of us.

To learn more about how you can support Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan Tech, contact:

Audra Morse, PE, BCEE, F.ASCE

  • Department, Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Ways to Give

Equipment for Undergraduate Laboratory Facilities

Laboratory facilities are a cornerstone of the department's curriculum. While other civil and environmental programs have moved away from lab experiences in recent years, we believe the lab component of the curriculum is critical and have placed even greater emphasis on maintaining well-equipped facilities. Our students gain hands-on experience in the lab, working with actual materials and performing experiments that reinforce concepts learned in the classroom. To continue developing civil and environmental engineers who have a deeper level of understanding, it is imperative that we replace and upgrade laboratory equipment. Your gift will help us keep the labs furnished with state-of-the-art, functional equipment.


iDesign—International Senior Design

Newly redesigned in 2009, the Michigan Tech iDesign program builds off the heritage of the department’s International Senior Design (ISD) class that ran from 2000 to 2008. iDesign affords students a venue for participating in inspired, international, integrative community engineering design with partners in economically disadvantaged locations around the world. The program integrates sustainable, community-based design; field engineering needs analysis and measurements; and a full-scale design analysis on campus, followed by communication of the results to project partners. To date, over 200 civil and environmental engineering students have created sustainable solutions to pressing water, sanitation, transportation, and energy challenges. More than half of participants have been women.


Steel Bridge Team


Every year, Michigan Tech Steel Bridge Team members, design, fabricate, and assemble a 20-ft steel bridge to compete at the ASCE Conference. This is an extremely dedicated group of students that for several months work hard on creating a masterpiece which will represent not only their student chapter, but their university as a whole.

Steel bridge is more than just a competition at the ASCE Conference. It is a great way to have fun, while obtaining knowledge that will be helpful in the future. It is allows students to have hands-on experience and apply concepts they have learned in their classes. For freshmen, who have not taken civil engineering specific classes yet, it is a chance to learn many static, fabrication and building concepts before they even take their core classes. It is also a great way to experience working on a big group project, which will help develop planning, organization, delegation, and communication skills. And on top of all, it is the most incredible way to network and create wonderful friendships.


Student Organization Leadership Fund


The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department houses and promotes student involvement with professional organizations on campus including: American Society of Civil Engineers, Railroad Engineering Activity Club, Chi Epsilon, Engineers Without Borders, and Society for Environmental Engineers.   This early involvement lays the groundwork for lifelong learning and leadership skills.  The student organizations send students to national conferences, participate in regional and national competitions, and take field trips for professional development.  The Student Organization Leadership Fund seeks to provide funds needed for travel to conferences and field trips.


Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Gifts made directly to the department are unrestricted, giving the department the flexibility to support current priorities and respond to emerging opportunities that are not covered by other funds. All gifts, large or small, are important to the department.


Endowed Practitioner Chair

Gifts made to the Endowed Practitioner Chair Fund allow the department to bring in practicing engineers to teach classes. The insights and industrial experience practitioners contribute to the department is highly valued by our faculty and students.