Alumni & Industry

The Department of Civil Engineering at UBC is the oldest program of its kind in the Province of British Columbia, and its network of alumni stretches across the province, Canada and the world. Our alumni include prominent leaders in industry and academia, and collectively act as ambassadors for the university and our program.

The Department often profiles alumni in the Civil@UBC annual newsletter. We are interested in hearing about what our alumni are doing, and we encourage you to Contact Us to provide interesting news items and updates on alumni activities.

There are many opportunities for alumni to get involved in the activities of the Department. We encourage you to visit the pages in this section to explore how to stay connected.

CIVL 445/446 Capstone Design Course

In the final year of the program, all Civil Engineering students are required to complete a significant design project over an eight-month period. This project involves collaborating with industry and community groups on real-world problems and scenarios under the guidance of three faculty members. In addition, industry practitioners are invited to judge the final projects at the end of each term. If you would like more information on how you can participate in our capstone design course, please contact us for more details.

Hire a Civil Engineering Co-op Student

The majority of Civil Engineering undergraduate students are enrolled in the co-operative education program, in which they are required to complete three work terms with engineering firms over the course of their studies. This is a key avenue by which alumni and members of industry can provide the next generation of aspiring civil engineers with valuable practical experience. If you are interested in hiring a co-op student at your firm, please visit the Engineering Co-op website.

Collaborating with Faculty Research

The internationally recognized research produced by the Department would not be possible without the support of industry. Members of industry and prominent alumni are welcome to propose research initiatives and opportunities for collaboration. Please visit our Research page for more information on the Department’s current research activities and profiles of our faculty members. For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Guest Lecturing Opportunities

Members from industry are often invited to give guest lectures in undergraduate and graduate courses to provide the practitioner’s perspective on the application of fundamental engineering concepts. If you are interested in giving a guest lecture in your field of expertise, please contact us, and we would be pleased to connect you with a faculty member in your area.