A Welcome Letter from the Department Chair

Welcome Letter from the Department Chair

Congratulations on your being accepted into the civil engineering program in School of Engineering! On behalf of the Department of Civil Engineering family (faculty and staff), I extend a warm welcome to you on the first leg of your professional engineering journey. Your bachelor's degree in civil engineering will serve as the foundation for a lifetime of learning and the practice of civil engineering. Further, it will serve also as a vital building block in your efforts to attain the masters and doctoral degrees in civil engineering, if you decide to pursue them.

We have set high standards in the Department of Civil Engineering. Therefore, I encourage you to interact with your fellow engineering students (particularly with those students who are striving to do well in their studies), take advantage of extra study sessions, and attend tutoring sessions (when necessary). Your civil engineering education at Morgan State University will be built on the following five civil engineering sub-disciplines: environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulic/hydrological engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. A thorough grounding in these five major concentrations will provide you with an excellent background for other areas of civil engineering. Likewise, it is important for you to know that the American Society of Engineers has gone on record as endorsing the concept of the Master's degree or Equivalent as a prerequisite for the practice of civil engineering at the professional level means to practice as a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). "No other engineering discipline requires that licensure as a Professional Engineer serves as a prerequisite to the sustained practice of civil engineering at the professional level." Moreover, a world-class civil engineering education requires world-class facilities. In the 2012 fall semester MSU's Department of Civil Engineering occupied with the School of Architecture and Planning, the Department of Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies, and the National Transportation Center, a new $63,000,000 LEEDS Gold Certified building with 16 civil engineering undergraduate, graduate, and faculty laboratories which include an earthquake shake table (which can move in 6 directions) and two wind tunnels both (subsonic and supersonic).

Welcome abroad for what I am certain will be an enriching educational experience if you honestly apply toward the educational task at hand.

Yours Sincerely,

Jiang Li, Ph.D., P.E., P.HG, D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
Interim Chair and Professor of Department of Civil Engineering
US-DOE Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence