Civil and Environmental Engineering News


MJ Timm Wins the Inaugural Schwaegler Scholarship

The CEEGR Department is pleased to announce Meng Juan Timm as our inaugural recipient of the Richard Schwaegler Endowed Scholarship. MJ is an excellent student with a major in civil engineering. She is the secretary of Robotics Club and historian of the Society of Women Engineers. MJ is currently in her junior year, and will be working at Clark Construction this summer. Her long term plans include possibly attending graduate school for structural engineering, and working professionally as a structural engineer. Congratulations MJ!

The scholarship also serves to celebrate professor Richard Schwaegler. Dr. Richard Schwaegler was a faculty member in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department for close to 50 years. The civil engineering department was almost his second home. Dick single handedly taught all the mechanics and structural engineering courses. His teaching philosophy was, if one sets the bar high, the students would rise up to the expectation. Dick did not simply expect a lot from his students, but he also gave a lot of himself to the students to help them succeed. He meticulously graded the homework assignments for his courses paying attention to penmanship and neat presentation; his large, red Rs (for resubmit) are still well known among his students!. He had an open door policy to assist students throughout his career at SU and helped the students find engineering internships and full time positions. With Dick’s stellar reputation within the structural engineering community in the Puget Sound region, no employer hesitated to hire if Dick recommended a student. Dick received the Puget Sound Engineering Council’s Academic Engineer of the Year award in 1999. Dick was a truly a “Students’ Professor”!

Civil Engineering Students are Back in the Field


With proper physical distancing and safety measures in place, the students were able to get back in the field and carry out site visits. Students here conduct a pebble count as part of a bridge evaluation for their capstone project through SeattleU's Project Center.



Safe and Socially-Distant, Even On Campus


Though many Fall 2020 courses are offered in the virtual environment, in some cases there's no replacement for in-person learning. Recently a group of geology students reunited on campus for an outdoor lab experience and welcome event. Masked up and six feet apart, the students had the opportunity to learn from the local environment and one another. Even as we continue to adapt to this changed learning environment, Seattle U professors continue to provide world-class education to the SU community.

Civil Engineering Seminar: Peace Engineering

On September 15, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosted the first in their 2020-21 Seminar Series. Hosted by SU Prof. Phillip Thompson and featuring guest speaker Dr. Joseph B. Hughes, this seminar on Peace Engineering explored ways that engineering practice can converge with social sciences, humanities, and the law to reduce conflict, promote positive social behavior, and empower leaders for a just and humane world. 


Guest Speaker: Joseph B. Hughes, Ph.D., P.E., DEE, FAEESP. Director of the A.J. Drexel Institute of Energy and the Environment and Emeritus Dean of Engineering at Drexel University.

Dr. Jordan Jarrett joins the Civil Engineering faculty


The Department of Civil Engineering is pleased to welcome Dr. Jordan Jarrett to the faculty beginnning in the Fall 2020 quarter.

Dr. Jarrett received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Colorado State University, with an emphasis on mechanics and structural engineering. She earned her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech in 2013, where her research focused on the seismic analysis of steel structures using the principles of performance based design. Prior to joining Seattle University, she worked at Magnusson Klemencic Associates in Seattle for nearly 7 years. Her consulting experience included steel and concrete structures throughout the United States. She specialized in the design of structures subjected to high seismicity or extreme wind climates, including high-rise towers up to 1,000 feet tall and long span truss frames.

Dr. Jarrett looks forward to using her practical experience and love of teaching as a lecturer. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jarrett to our learning community!


Fountain on campus during summertime


Welcome to the 2020-21 Year at Seattle University! 

Faculty and staff are ready to kick-off the new academic year with our wonderful students with a mix of online and in-person courses. Welcome back to all of our students, and a special welcome to our seniors returning for their final year. By June 2021, we expect nearly 30 new civil engineering, environmental engineers, and environmental scientists to graduate from our program.

We look forward to a great year in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In Spring 2021 we will complete the next phase of renovations to the Bannan Engineering and Science Buildings and officially open the new Center for Science and Innovation building on campus. We will also see the development of six fantastic senior design projects in our Project Center, including the design of a children's shelter in Colombia.

Let's roll!


18FQ CEEGR 1000 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Site Visit


First-year students enjoyed SKANSA site visit to the Multi-Purpose, 2+U (2nd Avenue and University Street) Building in nearby downtown Seattle.

18FQ CEEGR 2500 Residential Design Hands On Lab Activity


Five teams of students worked on light wood framing all quarter, 4 of the teams each built a wall and 1 team built the floor with later labs adding components and finishing touches.

18FQ Environmental Stewardship Event


Environmental Science and Civil Engineering faculty and students came together on a Saturday in October to remove invasive species and plant trees along the Duwamish River.

CEE is the 2018 Recipient of Another Two NCEES Engineering Awards for Connecting Professional Practice and Education


The 2018 project winners were (#14) Ross Dam Intake Access Bridge Repair, sponsored by Seattle City Light and (#15) Culvert Replacement to Provide Fish Passage, sponsored by Snohomish County Public Works. Since the inception of these awards in 2009, CEE has been among the winners most every year, and in many cases, winning an unprecedented two awards in one year. 

Pictured here from left to right are CEE faculty Project Advisor Joshua Pugh, CEE Senior Design Project Coordinator Nimmy Gnanapragasam, and CEE faculty Project Advisor Mark Siegenthaler.

Pictured here from left to right are Jorge Lara Alvarado*, Emily Graham, and Ariella Dean, all hard at work as usual in the Student Lounge. *Deontes a two-time recipient.

Congratulations to our CEE 2018-2019 Bannan Scholarship Recipients


The Bannan scholarship program honors Thomas J. Bannan, a leader in manufacturing, commerce, engineering and applied sciences, and a man with a deep commitment to Seattle University. A student must be an undergraduate junior or senior to be eligible for a Bannan scholarship, with a full-time major in the College of Science and Engineering. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and have a demonstrated commitment to serving both the university and the greater community.

Senior Design Team CEE 18.1 Wins 1st Place at the Annual EWRI Congress in Minneapolis


The WSP sponsored Student Design Competition aims to provide learning opportunities for undergraduate senior students in solving real-life infrastructure problems and developing practical yet innovative solutions prior to entering the industry. Students must submit a project summary, and submissions are reviewed by a panel of industry experts. The top teams are invited to compete at the annual EWRI Congress.

Pictured here from left to right are Evan Russel, Kristen Nakaoka, Lawrence Paltep, and Jillian Gayler who won 1st place for their presentation on Sugarload Well Corrosion Control Preliminary Design Project for Covington Water District.

Pictured here from left to right are Danny Shaw, Kirsten Hooper, Sam Garcia-Birginal, and JP Wallis.

CEE Students Win 2nd Place at the WA ITE 2018 Student Competition


The team of students were advised by CEE faculty Phillip Thompson and placed 2nd for their plan to improve safety at the intersection of E Marginal Way and 16th Ave S in Seattle.

SU Hosts the 2018 Order of the Engineer Ceremony


CEE faculty Nimmy Gnanapragasam has promoted the Order of the Engineer induction ceremony for the past 17 years and has officiated it at SU for the past 8 years to graduating engineering seniors. The Order of the Engineer is an association for graduate and professional engineers in the United States that emphasizes pride and responsibility in the engineering profession.


Pictured here are the 2018 CEE Order of the Engineer inductees.