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About civil engineering

Civil engineers design, build, and maintain the foundation for our modern society – our buildings, roads and bridges, drinking water and energy systems, sea ports and airports, and the infrastructure for a cleaner environment, to name just a few.

Civil engineering touches us throughout our day

Think of a civil engineer when you:

  • Turn on your tap to take a shower or drink clean water
  • Flick on your lights and open your refrigerator 
  • Drive to work on roads and bridges through synchronized traffic lights
  • Take mass transit or take a flight for a vacation
  • Toss your empty coffee cup in the recycling bin
Golden Gate Bridge
Historic landmarks

Time-honored civil engineering projects

The Golden Gate Bridge. The Eiffel Tower. The Hoover Dam. The creativity and innovative spirit of civil engineers are showcased in the projects they have created throughout the world. ASCE’s Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks program honors the best of those at least 50 years old.

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Civil engineers who made their mark

Civil engineering achievement starts with people. Get to know the civil engineers who have left a legacy and those who are just starting to build their own.

Learning from tragedy

Since the Johnstown Flood in 1889, ASCE has answered the call to study and learn from engineering failures due to natural disasters and man-made causes. These studies provide needed answers and new knowledge and become the basis for changes to building codes and engineering and construction practices to make the public safer.

Encouraging youth interest

Civil engineers volunteer their time to raise the public’s understanding of how their profession changes the world and boosts our quality of life. Check out ASCE's resources for reaching students on the appeal of a civil engineering career.

Promoting diversity and inclusion

The future strength of the civil engineering profession will come from an engineering workforce that mirrors the population it serves.

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The future and leaders