|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
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
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.
KAIST Civil and Environmental
Professor and Head
Hyo Gyoung Kwak