Lehigh CEE Named #2 Civil Engineering Department in the World


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The 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities compiles data from roughly 300 departments in more than 40 countries.
 

Lehigh CEE was recently named the second-best civil engineering program in the world according to the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, which are compiled and published by Shanghai Rankings.

“The ranking methodology used in this review is known to be a rigorous one, so this result is truly notable,” said Stephen P. DeWeerth, Professor and Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. “Most of the categories are measures of scholarly output; in particular, our CEE faculty stood out through its sheer quantity of publications in top-tier academic journals.”

The ranking is determined based on data from five specific categories: number of papers authored, average impact of published papers, percentage of internationally collaborated papers, number of papers published in top journals, and total number of significant awards won by faculty.

Lehigh is the top civil engineering program in America, according to the rankings, while Tongji University in Shanghai, China, was rated the top overall program in the world.

Other American civil engineering programs that placed in the top 20 of the ARWU ranking are from: University of California, Berkeley; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of California, San Diego; University of California, Davis; University of Buffalo; Texas A&M University; Purdue University.

“Our department has a long tradition of excellence in civil and environmental engineering with significant and sustained contributions in research and scholarly output, as well as a considerable impact on the profession through the training and education of new generations of engineers,” said Panos Diplas, P.C. Rossin Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “It is gratifying to have the contributions of the CEE faculty being recognized by the ARWU, considering its status as an organization that employs well-defined criteria and a rigorous methodology for evaluating the quality of research programs around the globe.”

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has been published since 2003 and is not affiliated with any university or governmental agency. A survey published in The Economist named the ARWU as "the most widely used annual ranking of the world's research universities."

Click here to view the entire list of the top civil engineering programs in the world.

By John Gilpatrick

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