Message from the Chairman of Department


Dr. (Eng.) J. K. Kiptala

Welcome to the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering is a broad and exciting discipline which draw from various fields of science and technology to provide safe, sustainable, and economic solutions for the design, construction, and maintenance of the built environment where we live, work, and play.

The mission of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering is to provide an academic environment where professional education can be pursued, scholarly research in science and technology can be conducted, and the interest of the public can be served through the advancement of knowledge.

In pursuit of this mission, the administration and staff join together to:

  • Provide a broad based, rigorous professional education in Civil Engineering at the undergraduate level.
  • Provide graduate education at the Master’s level in major areas of Civil Engineering.
  • Provide Doctoral Programs in selective areas of excellence.
  • Serve the local community, citizens of the nation, and the people of the world.

The Civil Engineering undergraduate program of study prepares its graduates noble career and professional accomplishments:

  • Technical Knowledge: Use their technical knowledge and expertise in math, science and engineering to identify, formulate and solve problems involving design, experimentation, and analysis of a wide variety of Civil Engineering applications.
  • Team skills: Develop leadership skills, demonstrate proficiency in all forms of communication, and perform well in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Continuous Education: Recognize the need for continuing their education through postgraduate studies, continuous education opportunities, and/or self-education.
  • Professionalism: Exercise the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and professional issues related to the procurement of works, and provide coordination between the design and construction aspects of the civil engineering profession.

These objectives are accomplished through a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes fundamentals in basic sciences, mathematics, humanities, and engineering in five major areas of civil engineering:

  • Environmental engineering,
  • Geotechnical Engineering,
  • Structural engineering,
  • Water Resources Engineering, and
  • Transportation Engineering.

The curriculum promotes students to use modern engineering tools, to work individually and to practice team-work as well. This curriculum contains a well-structured group of courses that help students to develop the required analytical, experimental, and design skills.

Generally, our curriculum includes coverage of proficiency in mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, calculus-based physics, and general chemistry; the ability to conduct laboratory experiments and to critically analyze and interpret data in more than one of the recognized major civil engineering areas; the ability to perform civil engineering design by means of design experiences integrated throughout the professional component of the curriculum; and an understanding of professional practice issues such as: procurement of work, bidding versus quality-based selection processes, how the design professionals and the construction professions interact to construct a project, the importance of professional license and continuing education, and/or other professional practice issues.

Expected Outcomes

By the time of graduation from the Civil Engineering undergraduate program, students are expected to acquire:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

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