Professor Mark Jaksa,
Head of School
The School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering encompasses the most ancient and fundamental fields of engineering, and includes disciplines linked to the knowledge of structures and materials, to mechanics, the environment, hydrology, geography, geology and soils.
The first documented civil engineer, Imhotep, for example, built the famous stepped pyramid at Saqqara around 2550 BC. Several thousand years later, Roman engineers invented concrete and engineered the first domes. In 1450AD, ingenious Incan water resources engineers designed and built the water system in Machu Picchu. In the 20th century, the Dutch completed 16,000 kilometres of dykes and gates to prepare for changes initiated by climate change.
These sorts of inspirational developments are the legacy on which our School is built and continues to thrive. Our graduates leave us able to work in materials engineering, as well as coastal, construction, structural, geotechnical, water resources, earthquake and blast engineering. We are, in fact, at the forefront of numerous technologies essential for daily life, from the provision of clean water to sustainable urban development.
It is a great pleasure for me to be the Head of a School which has its foundations in a long and illustrious history. The 21st century is going to be a time of great challenge. Professional engineers will be at the forefront of meeting that challenge.
Robert W Chapman
Engineering education at the University of Adelaide began over 130 years ago, and grew particularly strong under the leadership of Professor Robert Chapman (later Sir Robert) who undertook to ensure that engineering should be accorded professional status.
With his encouragement, joint courses were developed by the University of Adelaide and the School of Mines and Industries, with Mining Engineering beginning in 1903. By 1907, he had also introduced Civil Engineering as a separate field of study. Although this award in Mining was discontinued in 1963, it was reintroduced in 2007 in response to increasing demand and specialisation in the discipline.
The Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees were established in 1913.
The School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering supports the missions of the University of Adelaide and the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences in achieving wide international recognition, by: