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A warm welcome to the Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. Civil Engineers have a key role in shaping the future of society, being at the forefront of the knowledge and skills required to meet the big challenges facing the world today - increasing pressures on resources (energy, water, land, etc.) with the resultant need for more sustainable approaches to all aspects of life, the effects of climate change and mitigation strategies, the global trend towards more urbanized living etc. Civil Engineering is a broad discipline which deals with the main infrastructure needed for society: structures and bridges, water resources and waste management, transport management and roads, energy resources and systems.

Civil Engineering has been taught at Trinity College Dublin since 1841, and since then has played a prominent role in the development of civil engineering as an academic subject. We currently offer a range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses which are multi-dimensional, having a strong technical focus but also an emphasis on the development of team working skills, knowledge of ethics and an awareness of the social and environmental impacts of their work. Graduates often end up working on multi-disciplinary projects that require innovative approaches and thinking, offering exciting careers both in Ireland and abroad, including work in developing countries.

Our strong research focus on quantitative and analytical methods, the application of innovation and the development and use of new technology to solve problems in the natural and built environments. We work with industry, governments and universities across the world on research which has economic, social, political, scientific and engineering dimensions.

We have approximately 180 students enrol on our undergraduate engineering programme each year. In addition, there are approximately 200 postgraduate taught and 50 research students working in the Department. Our Department currently consists 19 academic staff, 6 technical, 3 administrative, and 2 attendant staff, 16 researcher staff and a number of external experts who deliver specialist lectures throughout the year.

The Department also has a wide and diverse range of research interests. Our research groups address societal challenges faced by our global community and our work fit within one of five Research Pillars: Energy, Environment, Geotechnics, Structural & Transport. We have excellent Research Facilities in which researchers from around the world have travelled to collaborate with our Staff.

Assoc. Prof. Brian Caulfield, Head of Department