History of Department and Activities
The Department of Civil Engineering was founded in 1992, by Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Gökçekuş, who has been the chairman of the department until recently. Prof. Gökçekuş contributed greatly to the department throughout many years. Civil Engineering Department is one of the oldest departments of Faculty of Engineering. In the beginning of the academic year of 1992-93 the department had 38 students. Currently, the number of students has exceeded 700. Since 1994, master programs on different Civil Engineering specializations are offered.PhD program has been launched since 2014-15 Spring Semester.Recently, an additional undergraduate Civil Engineering program providing education in Turkish language has been accredited by YÖDAK and launched in the academic year of 2012-13.
Several national and international academic events (seminars, conferences, workshops, so on) have been organized by our department so far. Some of the international organizations arranged by our department are as follows:
- International Conference On Water Problems in the Mediterranean Countries, 17-21 November 1997,
- International Conference On Earthquake Hazard and Risk in the Mediterranean Region, 18-22 October 1999
- Environmental Problems of the Mediterranean Region, 12-15 April 2002.
- International Conference On Environment: Survival and Sustainability, 19-24 February 2007,
- The Regional Meeting On Water in the Mediterranean Basin, 9-11 October 2008,
Civil engineering has been a fundamental aspect of life since the beginning of history. The discipline of civil engineering deals with the planning, design and construction of buildings, bridges, tunnels, transportation facilities and other structures required for the health, welfare, safety, employment and pleasure of the society and for environmental control and use of natural resources.
As the Department of Civil Engineering, our fundamental principles are based on sharing our academic knowledge and professional experience with our students and providing them with the ability and insight to use the required analytical skills to solve engineering problems by making fast and efficient decisions through good use of resources with an absolute respect to ethics. The Department of Civil Engineering also aims to train high-qualified civil engineers whose talents, skills, abilities and knowledge meet the requirements and needs of the state and private institutions, and support development as well as contributing advancements in the civil engineering field, and carry out research facilities to bring new insight into the academic bases of this field.
Graduates of Civil Engineering Department find job opportunities in all kind of state and industrial construction sectors which require planning, designing, constructing, controlling of constructions and infrastructures of industrial buildings and investments such as dams, airports, bridges, roads, harbours, sewerage and drainage systems, waterworks, and so on.