Greetings from the Department Head

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Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering!

The educational goal of our department is to bring up talented young engineers with academic and research capability commensurate to the world’s top 10 universities in the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Our department was founded in 1982 and the professors and the students altogether have strived to accomplish glorious achievements. Joongangilbo has ranked our department 1st in Korea for 15 consecutive years and we recently topped the department evaluation at KAIST. Our department will continue to move forward to achieve what lies beyond.

For your better understanding of the CEE at KAIST, I have prepared 1) a brief introduction of the department and 2) an update on our recent education/research efforts in pursuit of our lofty objectives.


Civil and Environmental Engineering, a field pursuing a harmony of human welfare with the Mother Nature

The field of civil and environmental engineering was borne at the dawn of human civilization to fulfill basic necessities of life. Over thousands of years, the field has contributed to technological advances in construction and maintenance of infrastructures including water and wastewater treatment and transportation systems. The field has also contributed to the search for sustainable energy sources and disaster control. Recently, civil and environment engineering has expanded to include diverse areas involving management of public sectors for enhancement of the public welfare.

The three keywords “Convergent, Multi-Disciplinary, and International”
Undergraduate students are provided with curriculum matrix for guidance through their coursework, and graduate students are provided with supports from U-City and BK 21+ programs (Brain Korea 21 Program for Leading Universities & Students) that aid sophisticated research activities. Curriculum matrix guides undergraduate students to easily choose classes that fit their academic interests best. The department also encourages convergent and multidisciplinary learning experiences by offering opportunities to take classes from various other departments at KAIST.

Annual summer school program (Tongji University, China, 10~20 students/year) as well as various other student exchange programs ensure that undergraduate students will have opportunities to gain international experiences. Field trips and special seminars given by invited dignitaries and alumni help student broaden their perspectives and make wise decision regarding their future career paths.

The graduate education provided in the Dept. of CEE at KAIST focuses on training world-leading researchers through intensive research activities and tough seminar courses. Along with that, the graduate school puts its best efforts to develop the students into creative and international engineers and scientists. More than a half of the graduate students are provided with opportunities to participate in various international activities (e.g., joint degree programs, lab exchange programs, international conferences) with the government funding from U-city Program (2009~Present), and BK21+ (2014~Present).

Abundant extracurricular activities such as happy hours, departmental parties, school trips, and departmental hiking trips help undergraduates/graduates/professors refresh their minds and promote a family-like environment.

For past five years, professors have been invited from fields outside the boundaries of the traditional civil and environmental engineering (IT/BT/Transportation), and collaborative research projects with other departments (Nuclear/Chemical & Biomolecular/Materials) are encouraged to promote convergence. International academic exchange programs, as well as international research collaboration, have also been encouraged for “Internationalization”. Significant recent research achievements include “rock excavation method using water jet (Prof. Cho, Gye-Chun)”, ”jellyfish exterminator robot swarm (Prof Myung, Hyun)”, and ”NOx capture for production of BioEthanol (Prof. J.I. Han)”. The outcomes of these research results were of significant value, as they were ready to be put into practical applications that contributed to the enhancement of public welfare..

The CEE at KAIST is putting ceaseless efforts on developing an education system that can train students to develop into global leaders with convergent, multidisciplinary, and international learning experiences. All young dreamers who are willing to contribute to humanity, nation, and industry in their glorious future careers are welcome.

Thank you.

KAIST Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor and Head
Hyo Gyoung Kwak