Our department continues to be blessed with faculty and students whose exceptional qualities and leadership remain a source of inspiration and pride. Our achievements wouldn't have been possible without the sacrifices and devotion of current and former faculty members, alumni, friends and students. The following list provides a glimpse of what is special about CEC.
- CEC Majors Represent 44% of all College Valedictorians
CEC majors constitute nearly 44% of all the undergraduate students in the College of Engineering and Technology who were valedictorians in their graduating class in high school.
- Largest Study Abroad Program on Campus
We offer opportunities to students to study overseas for one or more semesters through our study abroad program. Students can work toward completing their degrees while learning about other cultures and having fun. We have agreements with many fine institutions around the world that provide students with unmatched opportunities to learn and discover. Our department led the University over the past five years in terms of the number of students sent overseas. We have a guarantee that CEC students who wish to study abroad can do so without having to pay more than what it would cost them to take the same courses at BU!
- Endowed Scholarships Exceeds $1.5 Million
Our department has the highest number of scholarships available to undergraduates. This is higher than any other department on campus. These are awarded by private donors to meritorious and/or needy students. Some of these scholarships are part of the financial aid package a student would receive if he or she were to attend Bradley University. Please inquire about additional support as new scholarships may become available.
- The BU Putnam Awards for Teaching Excellence
CEC faculty members have received three awards for teaching excellence from Bradley University. Drs. Jerry Abegg, John McNabb, Charlie Muvdi, Amir Al-Khafaji, and Kris Maillacheruvu received the Putnam award as outstanding Bradley teachers. This award is given annually to a full-time faculty member.
- The BU Rothberg Awards for Professional Excellence and Scholarship
CEC faculty members have received two awards for professional excellence, research and scholarship from Bradley University. Drs. James Adrian and Amir Al-Khafaji received the award as outstanding Bradley scholars. This award is given annually to a full-time faculty member.
- The BU Francis C. Mergen Memorial Award
This award recognizes faculty and staff who have distinguished themselves in the area of public service. By winning this award, CEC Chair Dr. Al-Khafaji is the first in Bradley's history to win all three university awards
- The CEC Faculty Publish 25 Textbooks
Our faculty members have published more textbooks than any other civil engineering or construction department in the United States: 25 in all, counting current faculty members. These textbooks are used at a large number of highly regarded institutions, including MIT and Stanford.
- Caterpillar Inc. New Faculty Award for Scholarship
Dr. Kerrie Schattler, assistant professor of civil engineering and construction, who joined CEC in 2005 was one of the recipients of the 2009 Caterpillar Inc. New Faculty Award for Scholarship.
- Two CEC Graduates are Former University Presidents
Dr. Jerry Abegg was the president of Bradley University and Dr. Gerald May was the president of New Mexico State University.
- The Bridge-Pals Program Continue to Serve Our Community
This program helps high school students learn more about engineering through analysis and design of Balsa wood bridges. Students from within 100 miles of Peoria are invited to our department and are helped by students and faculty using our state of the art computer facilities to test designs. Ultimately, an annual event is held in a local mall with TV coverage provided for the event. The award winners receive monetary awards and their schools receive AutoDesk software.
- We Teach Students to be Leaders
In addition to the Bridge-Pals programs, our student organizations provide services to our community through building of playgrounds and homes for underprivileged communities. Our students and faculty are expected to be leaders and good citizens. Our four student organizations are among the most active on the BU campus. They provide wonderful opportunities to our students to develop professionally.
- Cutting-Edge Facilities
Our department continues to modernize and maintain cutting-edge laboratories through the support it receives from many professional organizations. Our computer facilities are regularly upgraded and our 14 laboratory facilities include many new pieces of equipment. Our department also has site licenses for AutoCad and other AutoDesk products, ArchiCad, MathCad, PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, Working Model and many other software titles.
- Teaching Excellence
Our faculty members’ teaching effectiveness is assessed each semester and each faculty member is expected to submit in writing to the chair steps needed to improve. Over the years, our CEC faculty members have maintained an average of 4.10-4.35 out of 5.0.