Capt. John Riester, Jr.
Department Head

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Virginia Military Institute
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Lexington, VA  24450

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Civil & Environmental Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering Enrollment Data

2014-2015 Academic Year (Fall)
Freshmen-Fourth Class 57
Sophomore-Third Class 56
Junior-Second Class 67
Senior-First Class 71
Total 251  

Graduation Data

56 students graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from 1 July 2013 through 30 June 2014

Civil Engineering is the oldest of the engineering professions, broadest in scope, and parent of all other branches of engineering.  The curriculum  includes courses that permit our graduates to pursue any of the specialty areas in Civil Engineering.  Cadets may choose to concentrate in one of  the sub disciplines of Civil Engineering or select courses across all topic areas for a more general focus. 

High School Preparation

Prepare by taking the full college preparatory program augmented by as many math and science courses as your schedule permits. Courses in engineering drawing (drafting) and computer programming are recommended, but they should not be taken in lieu of elements of the college preparatory sequence.






The Power of Engineering

A team of cadets majoring in civil engineering at VMI made history at the end of September when they traveled to New Orleans, La., to compete in an international engineering competition – and emerged as the highest-placed U.S. team.

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Project Supports Holiday Fundraiser

During Fall FTX Oct. 3-5, a group of cadets completed a timber framing project that not only sharpened their engineering skills, but also allowed them to serve the local community and gave them a head start on spreading holiday cheer.

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Class Creates Design for Timber Framing Project

For the third year in a row, cadets in Col. Grigg Mullen Jr. ’76’s wood design class are designing a structure for use by the wider community. This year, the project is a 64- by 80-foot wooden shelter for the Lexington Farmer’s Market.

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New Lab Offers Safe Location

There’s an old saying that what goes up must come down. But when it comes to structures testing, an integral part of the civil engineering curriculum at VMI, having things come down safely is of
utmost importance.

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Cadet Roads Web

Roads of the Future

VMI’s transportation planning and design course is preparing cadets for the challenge of updating America’s transportation infrastructure in a way that is efficient, innovative, and safe.

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Code for our Time

Code for Our Time

The project is part of a larger effort by Mullen, a timber framing expert, to contribute to the knowledge base of that ancient art so information about the load-bearing capability of beams can be included in modern building codes.

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