Department head's message

If you are interested in making a difference in the UAE, the Gulf region, and the world, consider coming to AUS to study civil engineering.
Robert J. Houghtalen

Let’s face it, we all have dreams! Some of our dreams are spiritual; how we might become better people, how we might please our parents and our Creator. But some of our dreams are about what we like to do, what interests us, and how we might use our God-given talents and gifts in a career. Do you have those kinds of dreams? Do you dream of solving the traffic jams that constantly make you late for school? Do you dream of designing and constructing the world’s tallest building? Do you dream about discovering a way to make drinking water from salt water? Do you dream about what we will use for energy when the oil runs out? Do you dream about designing the perfect football stadium, shopping center, or villa? Or do you want to design a totally new sustainable city that encompasses all the divisions of civil engineering –from using sustainable materials in construction and green technologies for energy in buildings, reusing treated wastewater to grow plants and designing safe pathways and roads.

If you have these kinds of dreams, civil engineering is for you. If civil engineering is for you, the American University of Sharjah (AUS) deserves your consideration. Many young people are beginning their careers by studying civil engineering at AUS. The civil engineering program is 20 years old and uses the United States model of education. The all English program prepares you to work in any country in the world. It also prepares you for some of the best European or American graduate programs. It was the first civil engineering program in the GCC region accredited by ABET, the American engineering accrediting agency. We have over 20 full-time faculty members who are committed to the success of our students. All have received their PhDs either in Europe or North America. We have over 600 students working on their bachelor’s degree and more than 30 working on their master’s degree.

So, if you are interested in making a difference in the UAE, the Gulf region, and the world, consider coming to AUS to study civil engineering. Our graduates are working on the planning and expansion of the UAE road systems. Our graduates and faculty are working on how to make buildings in the UAE safer, from fires, earthquakes, and natural aging processes. Our graduates are working on how to manage our growing population’s demand for water and energy to expand the economy of the region. Our graduates will be working on the new hyperloop – transporting people in pods from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 15 minutes through a vacuum tube.  Our graduates will be designing and building the sustainable villas, offices, and shopping centers of the future. So, come to AUS and turn your dreams into reality!

Robert J. Houghtalen, PhD

Head of Department
 

News

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Events

25
Mar

Second AUS High School Computing Camp

CEN, EB1 040
March 25, 2018
10:00 - 17:00
Early Registration Deadline: March 15, 2018 (AED 1,000) Late Registration Deadline: March 22, 2018 (AED 1,300)
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20
Feb

Third Annual Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I & E) Education

Main Building Lecture Hall A
February 20, 2018
09:00 - 13:00
By Invitation
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07
Feb

Alleem Sustainable Development Goals

Main Building - Lecture Hall A
February 7, 2018
10:30 - 11:30
Free
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24
Dec

AUS High School Computing Camp

EB1 040
December 24, 2017
09:00 - 16:00
AED 1,000 for early registration; AED 1,300 for late registration
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22
Nov

Sustainability Panel Series: Energy and Green Buildings

EB1-030, Engineering Building 1
November 22, 2017
15:00 - 16:30
Free
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15
Nov

18th NGN 110 Introduction to Engineering and Computing Competition

AUS Main Plaza
November 15, 2017
16:00 - 18:00
Free
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College of Engineering

Maitham Sharafi

When recently reviewing the material from my Advanced Concrete Design course, I suddenly found myself back in those days in class and in the library searching for necessary materials for the assignments. All those good days came back to me, and I noticed how much I learned from my classes and how many times I felt proud in front of others while delivering precious engineering opinions that I gained from class.

I remember how many times my classmates and I complained about the volume of assignments. However, today I wish that we'd been assigned even more. I wish I could talk to current students and transfer this valuable experience to them and suggest that they ask for more, and to tell them to keep and guard every single document from class. 

College of Engineering

Nouran ElMessalami

At AUS, I found top-quality education, outstanding faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and an international spirit that prepared me and my fellow AUS graduates for workplace challenges. As a civil engineering alumna of AUS, I believe that the variety of courses taught in the Department of Civil Engineering have prepared me well for work in any of the civil engineering disciplines, thus expanding my opportunities in the job market. In addition to the top-quality education, the problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills I learned have helped me grow both professionally and personally. I am certain that with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering from AUS, I will be able to pursue my aspirations, stand out and excel in the field of civil engineering!

College of Engineering

Nouran ElMessalami, Class of Fall 2016

At AUS, I found top quality education, outstanding faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and an international spirit that prepared me and my fellow AUS graduates for workplace challenges. As a civil engineering alumna of AUS, I believe that the variety of courses taught at the civil engineering department have prepared me well for work in any of the civil engineering disciplines thus expanding my opportunities in the job market. In addition to the top quality education, the problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills I learned have helped me grow both professionally and personally. I am certain that with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering from AUS, I will be able to pursue my aspirations, stand out and excel in the field of civil engineering!