Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide an educational, professional, and intellectual experience that enables a diverse body of students, alumni, faculty, and staff to improve societal well-being through education, research, practice, and service.

Vision Statement

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will provide unique educational and research opportunities for students and faculty that promote fundamental understanding of our disciplines while providing a strong foundation to adapt to future change and improve the condition of humanity.

Culture Statement

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) aims to promote a culture that values teamwork and collaboration while recognizing all contributions of faculty, staff, and students to meet our core mission. We acknowledge and respect the importance of diversity in an inclusive environment and recognize how this helps shape our Department culture. We aim to reinforce the importance of safety to our department’s constituents as industry expects these values in our graduates. To facilitate this culture, the Department realizes that faculty and staff accessibility to our students remains a top priority to support the building of mutually-beneficial, life-long relationships and the development of our graduating engineers.

Department Values

  • Impact: We value excellence, hard work, and dedication as we strive to design and apply engineering solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
  • Innovation: We value leadership in research innovation and the conveyance of cutting-edge knowledge to our constituents.
  • Integrity: We value attention to responsibility and accountability in our endeavors.
  • Inclusivity: We value a welcoming culture based on communication, teamwork, and appreciation of diverse identities, perspectives, skills, and abilities.
  • Involvement: We value our community interaction and service to enhance public engagement, encourage future career interest, and support our professional networks.
  • Work-life intersection: We value a work environment that promotes each individual’s safety, health, and happiness.

Diversity and Inclusion

To further the Department’s mission of teaching, research, and service, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan Technological University strives to be diverse, inclusive, and respectful of all Department staff, faculty, and students in support of the University’s Diversity Statement. The goal of this statement is to ensure everyone will be given equitable support, opportunity, and access to resources necessary to realize individual potential while contributing to the success of the Department.

The Department adopts the University’s definition of diversity and non-discrimination statement as follows: Diversity encompasses the differences that we each bring with us through our individual backgrounds, which include race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, genetic information, socioeconomic class, marital status, differently abled, and veteran status. Inclusive means that all members will be welcomed, respected, and engaged in all aspects of the Department in which they choose to be involved.

Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct establishes guidelines for professional conduct by those acting on behalf of the Michigan Technological University Civil & Environmental (CEE) Department including faculty, staff, students, and volunteers. These are referred to as Members of the Department. This is not an attempt to define specifically what one should and should not do, but to communicate the Department’s expectations of proper conduct aligned with Departmental culture and values. It is an expectation that the Code of Conduct serves as the basis on which Members of the Department should make decisions related to the best interests of themselves, their coworkers and the CEE Department. University policies, procedures, and State and Federal laws serve to reinforce the concepts presented in this Code of Conduct.

The Code

Members of the Department have a general duty to conduct themselves in a manner that will maintain and strengthen the public's trust and confidence in the integrity of the Department and take no actions incompatible with their obligations to the Department.

With regard to professional conduct, those acting on behalf of the Department should practice:

  • Integrity by maintaining an ongoing dedication to honesty and responsibility;
  • Trustworthiness by acting in a reliable and dependable manner;
  • Evenhandedness by treating others with impartiality and respect regardless of position of power;
  • Respect by treating others with civility and decency to promote open inquiry consideration of different viewpoints, and constructive disagreement;
  • Stewardship by exercising custodial responsibility for Department property and resources;
  • Compliance by following State and Federal laws and regulations and University policies related to their duties and responsibilities;
  • Protection of human health and safety;
  • • Confidentiality by protecting the integrity and security of university information such as student records, employee files, and contract negotiation documents.

Members of the Department shall seek appropriate guidance when faced with ethical dilemmas. Refer questions or concerns related to ethical dilemmas to the Department Chair, or if the questions/concerns are related to the Chair, to the Dean of the College of Engineering.