University of Evansville

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering students at UE apply technical knowledge and skills in the real world, like the Fairfield Reservoir and Dam Project in nearby Fairfield, Illinois.

Brian Varner

What do University of Evansville civil engineering graduates do for a living?

In the words of alumnus Brian Varner (UE CE 2011), “It’s not every day you get to see 200 tons of steel roll out toward the river!”

The photo shows a new tugboat, fabricated by Tell City Boat Works, being lowered into the Ohio River by a carriage and rail system. The carriage assembly and hoist were designed by Brian and four other senior civil engineering students in 2010-2011 as part of their senior design project in CE 495/CE 497. Following graduation, Brian completed the design and construction of the carriage and hoist system as a structural engineer for Corn Island Shipyard, Inc. This was the first launch of a boat using the new carriage.

The successful operation occurred on November 1, 2012.