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Spotlight on the Schools - University of Texas at Austin

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Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering 

 
Department Head:  Prof. Sharon L. Wood, Chair, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering. The Associate Chair (in charge of the Architectural Engineering Program) is Prof. Richard E. Klingner.

Date AE Program was Founded: The Architectural Engineering program at UT Austin was founded in 1905. 

Number of Students: Architectural Engineering at UT Austin currently has 230 undergraduate students and 15 graduate students.

Number of Faculty: Architectural Engineering at UT Austin is an undergraduate and graduate degree program within the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering. Within that department, about 25 faculty normally teach courses that are included in the ARE curriculum.

Number of Graduates per Year: UT Austin awards about 50 BS degrees and about 10 MS degrees in Architectural Engineering each year. PhD degrees in Architectural Engineering are not distinguished from PhD degrees in Civil Engineering.

Contact Information

E-mail address: caee@engr.utexas.edu
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Curriculum Overview

The curriculum leading to a BS in Architectural Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin comprises 4 years and 126 semester credit hours. It includes background material in mathematics, chemistry, physics, other sciences, and non-technical electives. It includes basic and advanced undergraduate material in architectural design, structural engineering and materials, construction engineering and project management, and building energy and environments, all linked by a focus on building information modeling (BIM). It concludes with an integrated design project.

The curriculum leading to an MS in Architectural Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin comprises about 30 semester credit hours. It includes courses related to structural engineering and materials, construction engineering and project management, and building energy and environments. It may emphasize one of those areas, or may address integrated building performance. Degree plans may include a thesis.

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Focus Areas

Focus areas of the undergraduate Architectural Engineering program at the University of Texas at Austin include structural engineering and materials, construction engineering and project management, and building energy and environments.

Recent News/Events/Awards

In 2008, a team made up of students in Architectural Engineering and Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin placed 2nd in the world in the “Engineering Solutions” category of the International Solar Decathlon competition.
In spite of the current economic situation, the job market for Architectural Engineering graduates from UT Austin continues to be strong. According to our Engineering Career Assistance Center, the accommodation rate for our Architectural Engineering BS graduates over the last 5 years (2005-2010) is 94%.

Highlights of Recent Student Group Activities

UT Austin was ranked #10 in the annual EERI Seismic Design competition earlier this year. In 2010-11, the student chapter of the Architectural Engineering Institute met with WJE Associates, ARUP, Thornton Tomasetti, Martrix Structural, and McCarthy.

Distinguished Alumni

  • David W. Fowler (BSArE 1960, MSArE 1962)
  • H. Thomas Kornegay, Jr. (BSArE 1964)
  • George C. Love (BSArE 1951) DECEASED
  • Susan E. Mullen (MSArE 1986)
  • H. Ken Rigsbee, Jr. (BSArE 1967)
  • Thomas W. Taylor (BSArE 1959)
  • Jim D. Wiethorn (BSArE 1973, MSArE 1975)

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Additional Information

Architectural Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin offers a unique dual-degree program with the School of Architecture.

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