The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of six departments within the College of Engineering Sciences and the College of Applied Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. It is also one of the oldest departments offering a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, since the creation of the University in 1963 when it was named College of Petroleum and Minerals by a Royal Decree. The name of the institution was changed to University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1975 and later in 1986 to the current name. The department added the Master of Science (MS) degree program in Fall 1972-73 and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Fall 1985-86.
Currently, the department has two undergraduate programs: one in Civil Engineering Science (CE) and the other in Applied Civil Engineering (ACE). In addition to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs, the department also offers MS, MEng. (Master of Engineering) and PhD degree programs. There are four disciplinary options: structures and materials, geotechnical, water and environmental, and transportation. Each option is well-supported by courses, laboratories, required infrastructure and human resources.
The department carries out a periodic review of its curricula to ensure currency and to keep abreast with the latest developments in science and technology. As the first major initiative to ensure quality of its program, the department invited the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) back in 1993 to review its programs. ABET granted the accreditation for both the CE and ACE programs in 1993. Since then, the accreditation has been renewed on time through a re-evaluation and re-assessment of BS programs by the ABET. The ABET has accredited the department up to 2015.
The department is very well positioned to openly advertise and offer its expert professional services to industries, companies and various organizations by virtue of its accumulated experience, expertise and expanded research facilities. The range of services we offer includes the testing of materials and components, evaluation and assessment, specialized and purpose-built short courses and training programs, specific research and other related items.