Civil Engineering

2021-2026 Strategic Plan

The Department of Civil Engineering (CE) is one of seven exceptional departments within the College of Engineering (COE) at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP).  CE is a leader in polytechnic education, where hands-on, learn by doing is the foundation of a broad-based educational experience.

We have one of the largest undergraduate Civil Engineering programs in the United States and produce approximately 15 percent of young civil engineers in California. Our CE faculty and staff are committed to preparing students to succeed in their chosen field. We have a civil engineering program, with options in general civil, environmental, and geospatial engineering, and in construction engineering and management. We also offer a Master of Science degree in civil engineering (MSCE) with options in construction engineering and management, environmental and water resources, geotechnical, structural, and transportation engineering.

To meet the challenges of an evolving society, we provide practice-oriented civil engineering education that fosters personal, professional and social responsibility; technical excellence and creativity; and effective communication, teamwork and leadership.  As we move forward, we will excel in offering an inclusive, practice-oriented, world class Civil Engineering education that changes people’s lives.

“It is a great profession. There is the fascination of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings jobs and homes to men [and women]. Then it elevates the standards of living and adds to the comforts of life. That is the engineer’s high privilege.”
-Herbert Hoover

Yasser S. Salem, Ph.D
Department Chair and Professor

Strategic Plan Framework, Goals and Processes

Strategic Plan Framework

Focus Areas and Goals

Strategic Planning Process


We owe enormous thanks to the many individuals who volunteered their opinions, shared their knowledge, participated in surveys or interviews, donated their time and helped develop this plan. Thank you to our students for their honest and constructive feedback. Finally, thank you COE Interim Dean Baski for her generous support of the CE Strategic Planning Team.

Strategic Planning Team

Lourdes Abellera
Dragos Andrei
Hovel Babikian
Wen Cheng
Simeng Li
Monica Palomo
Yasser Salem
Lisa Wang
Jeyoung Woo