College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Civil engineering graduate program increases national ranking

The Iowa State University civil engineering graduate program is exceeding expectations through advanced research and innovation.

According to the most recent U.S. News and World Report college graduate rankings released in March, Iowa State is tied for 27th overall in civil engineering and 18th among public universities. These rankings compare to last year being tied for 36th overall and 23rd among publics.

What is making the difference?

“We use a collaborative interdisciplinary approach to our research,” said David Sanders, chair and Greenwood Professor for the civil, construction and environmental engineering department. “We work closely with local, state and national agency and colleagues around the world to solve the problems of today and develop solutions for tomorrow.”

According to data released on March 17, Iowa State is ranked in the top 20% of civil engineering programs in the nation. The annual rankings are achieved based upon a survey of academics that rate universities on a scale from one to five. Iowa State CCEE was evaluated on recruitment, peer assessments, student selectivity, faculty resources and research activities.

As Iowa State continues to move up the leaderboard, Sanders expressed excitement for the future of the program in three main areas of teaching, research and service.

“Our students have a great work ethic and work well in teams. Our faculty and students understand the problems facing society today and are developing innovative solutions,” he said.

The U.S. News and World Report ranks collegiate programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing.