Message from the Chair
Todd Dunn, CETEMS Chair
Welcome to RIT’s Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management & Safety (CETEMS). Thank you for taking time to visit our site and explore our programs. I hope you find it easy to navigate and informative.
The programs offered by CETEMS represent the professions central to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the built environment. If your passion lies in designing new bridges, buildings, or the vast array of public works, you're in the right place. If helping manage the construction of these gets your blood flowing, you're also in a very good spot. If you lean more toward helping companies or organizations move toward a safer, environmentally responsible, and more sustainable future, you need look no further. If you see yourself playing a central role in the development, operation, and maintenance of buildings, you've also found an academic home that fits.
With an emphasis on practical, applied and stimulating experiential learning, our programs' coursework, coupled with co-operative work experiences for undergraduates, can help position you to make tangible contributions, right away, in your chosen profession.
In addition to our extensive course offerings, students have the opportunity to participate with faculty and other students outside the classroom. The student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is strong and active in arranging for guest speakers, orchestrating field trips, and participating in competitions involving the design and construction of concrete canoes and scaled-down steel bridges. The Student Environmental Action League (SEAL) coordinates a number of environmentally related events, from education programs to big recycling events. These club activities and competitions give students an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to solve real-world problems in design, construction, and environmental sustainability.
Along with our highly qualified faculty, who bring unique pedagogical approaches, industry experience and research findings into the classroom, I'd like to welcome you to the CETEMS department at RIT.