Message from the Chair

Dr. Osama AbazaIt gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Civil Engineering (CE) at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). I invite you to take a closer look at what happens when the right people join in the right place at the right time around the right targets. Our record growth in students, faculty, staff and facilities reflects what you might expect in the fastest growing program. With a program first initiated in 1981 our current enrollment tripled in the last seven years.

UAA was founded in 1954 and was ranked one of the Best Regional Universities (West) in the 2013 Edition of US News and World Report.  Located in the heart of Anchorage, our 362-acre campus is surrounded by breathtaking views and scenery.  Our total undergraduate enrollment of 17,890 includes students from all over the world working toward their degrees.

Needless to say, there is no shortage of opportunities for CE faculty, staff and students. But while our size and resources have grown dramatically, our core values remain constant. We are committed to an environment in which everyone flourishes. Students frequently mention the personal attention as well as the approachable faculty and staff as reasons for choosing CE at UAA. We all learn in different ways and there are multiple ways to professional competency. Our program provides these ways because we see the future engineer, leader and colleague within all students.

The Civil Engineering department offers several undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates in this field. Our ABET accredited undergraduate program offers a multi-disciplinary program in structural, transportation, environmental, water and geotechnical engineering. In addition, we offer a Master of Civil Engineering (M-CE), Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MS-CE), Master of Science in Arctic Engineering (MS-AE), Master of Applied Environmental Science and Technology (M-AEST) and Master of Science in Applied Environmental Science and Technology (MS-AEST).

We also offer a sequence of courses leading to Graduate Certificates in Earthquake Engineering, Environmental Regulations and Permitting, and Coastal, Ocean and Port Engineering. These certificate programs provide specialized education to enhance the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of civil engineers dealing with design issues in certain specialized fields.

I invite you to contact me or anyone on of our faculty/staff to learn more about how we can work together.

Osama A. Abaza, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Civil Engineering Department
School of Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4614
907-786-6117; 907-786-1079 (fax)

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