The College of Environment and Civil Engineering (CECE) in Chengdu University of Technology (CDUT) was developed from its predecessor — Dept. of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology in Chengdu Institute of Geology.
The Dept. of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology was founded in 1956. In 1993, the Chengdu Institute of Geology changed its name to Chengdu Institute of Technology. Given the developing needs of disciplines, the Dept. of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology has evolved into the Dept. of Engineering Geology and Dept. of Architectural Engineering. And in 1997, in meeting the requirements of the higher education development, the two departments merged into the very first sub-institute in Chengdu Institute of Technology — The College of Environment and Civil Engineering. At the end of 2001, Chengdu Institute of Technology announced to merge with the other two institutes so that the current Chengdu University of Technology was founded. After a series of rearrangements of departments and disciplines, the former Dept. of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Survey and part of the Dept. of Applied Chemistry also merged into the CECE.
After more than 60 years of developments, the CECE now has six teaching departments, one state key laboratory, one national demonstration center of experiments and teaching, one national simulation center of experiments and teaching, one national center of engineering practice and education, plus one synthetic labs.
As of now, the CECE has enrolled 3320 students, including 2290 undergraduates, 1030 graduates (MS, Ph.D.). It consists of six undergraduate programs – Geological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Ground Water Science and Engineering, Engineering Management, Engineering Mechanics, and Urban Underground Space Engineering. Meanwhile, the CECE offers 2 post-doc research center, 2 first-level-discipline Ph.D. degree authorization (Geological Resources and Geological Engineering, Civil Engineering), 2 Professional master’s degree authorization(Resource and Environment, Civil and Hydraulic Engineering).
Of all these, Geological Engineering is the national level key discipline, Geotechnical Engineering and Environmental Engineering are ministry level key disciplines. Specifically, Geological Engineering and Civil Engineering have been certificated as national level featured disciplines by China Ministry of Education; and Environmental Engineering has been certificated as provincial level featured discipline. The CECE has already established a Geological-Civil group which has wide impacts across the country.
Currently, there are 171 faculty members, of whom 78% possessed a doctoral degree, including 35 professors, 60 associate professors, and 64 lecturers. Of all these fellows, 30 are doctoral supervisors. The CECE is a diversified but firmly integrated outstanding teaching and research group consisting of a sound combination of age, degree and academic titles. 11 sub-groups constitute this excellent group — the Geological Engineering Teaching Group (national level), Geotechnical Engineering Teaching Group (provincial level), The Innovative Research Group of NSFC, and Innovative Research Group of the Ministry of Education, etc.
Based on advanced platforms such as state key laboratory, national key disciplines, national centers of experiments and teaching, etc., the CECE has achieved great achievements in both teaching and research. The CECE has cultivated over 15,000 undergraduates, 3600 MS graduates, and 400 Ph.D. graduates, who have been continuously making significant contributions to the country’s construction and development. Specifically, Analytical Mechanisms of Engineering Geology, a prestigious course representing years of experience and achievement, was listed as the National Excellent Course in 2004. Over the past ten years, the CECE has received 2 First Prizes of the National Scientific and Technological Progress Awards, 4 Second Prize of the National Scientific and Technological Progress Awards, 1 International Scientific and Technological Co-operation Award and dozens of provincial level science and technology achievement awards. Also, over 40 books, 900 SCI & EI indexed papers, 300 patents, and 60 sorts of software have been published or patented for the past decades.
Nowadays, the CECE plays a prominent role in both research and teaching of Chengdu University of Technology (CDUT). The CECE faculty members, under the leading of the national ‘Double Tops’ and the institutional ‘13th Five-year’ guidelines, are marching forward with big strides.