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Civil Engineering Program Recognized for Accomplishments

February 21, 2019
Man smiles during presentation to classroom
Civil and Architectural Engineering Department Head Tony Denzer offers a presentation for students and parents at the 2017 Showcase Saturday event.

Students and faculty in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming have been active in recent months, and the department has been recognized for its standout performances.


Civil Engineering Program Recognized for Value

UW’s civil engineering program was recognized as a “Best Value for the Money” program in an annual nationwide ranking of U.S. colleges and universities by College Factual, a data analytics and insight service.

The program is ranked No. 23 out of 203 U.S. programs reviewed in the category “Best for the Money.” This places UW in the top 15 percent of all civil engineering programs in the country based on value.

Survey data indicates graduates from the program earn an average of $51,546 in their first years and can earn $94,339 after they’ve gained experience.

College Factual’s rankings are based upon the average yearly cost of the school, the average time students take to graduate, and the quality the school provides to students. This means schools who rank highly offer a good value for their money.


Students Analyze Pond Foam

The research of two UW engineering students helped ease the minds of members of the Laramie City Council.

Celyn Rogers and Austin Yahn, both of whom study civil and architectural engineering, analyzed a strange phenomenon in a local waterway and presented their findings. Huck Finn Pond in Laramie is a popular fishing destination for children. After citizens expressed concern about mysterious foam in the pond in fall 2018, Rogers and Yahn tested the water. The duo determined the foam is harmless and the pond is safe for fishing.

The students presented their findings to the Laramie’s Environmental Advisory Committee during its meeting in February.


Befus contributes to groundwater study

Assistant Professor Kevin Befus took part in a study that determined that underground water could take more than a century to respond fully to climate change.

Because groundwater is the biggest source of accessible freshwater in the world, it provides billions of people with water for drinking and crop irrigation. The research team determined when climate change makes dramatic changes to weather and ecosystems on the surface, the impact on the world’s groundwater is likely to be delayed, representing a challenge for future generations.

Groundwater stores are replenished by rainfall at the surface in a process known as “recharge.” This water flows to streams, lakes, springs, wetlands and the ocean. A balance is naturally maintained between rates of groundwater recharge and discharge, and the amount of water stored underground. The time it takes to find equilibrium ranges from months to thousands of years.

He was joined in the research effort by Mark O. Cuthbert of Cardiff University and Tom Gleeson of the University of Victoria.

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