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      • tel: 610-499-4037
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    • Dr. Ronald L. Mersky

    • Jill Gilbert


Civil Engineering

Why Widener?

industry collaborations

Industry Collaborations

The civil engineering department at Widener has a large network of industry contacts, and opportunities for student interaction with industry professionals through field trips, professional society meetings, senior projects, summer internships, and/or cooperative education are abundant and encouraged. 

engineering minor

Engineering Minors

A minor in environmental or mechanical engineering are good options for civil engineering students who are interested in environmental issues and problems that are vitally important to the sustainability of our society’s infrastructure or who want to complement in-depth study in structural engineering with the fundamentals of mechanical design. Civil engineering majors can easily fit the requirements for either the environmental engineering minor or the mechanical engineering minor into their program of study. 

student-faculty interaction

Student-Faculty Interaction

The civil engineering department cultivates faculty mentoring of students through a program that emphasizes personalized attention in small classes, academic advising by faculty, and student-faculty interaction in labs.  

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alumni spotlight, vanessa A. hejnas

Vanessa A. Hejnas


I gained skills to adapt to many different situations and to deal with obstacles that show up unexpectedly. Widener prepared me to perform these tasks and gave me the communication skills to present the issues to my superiors when necessary.

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Vicki Brown, professor and chair of civil engineering, discusses the advantages of the program.

Potential Careers

  • Consulting
  • Government
  • Construction
  • Land development
  • Industry

Recent Employers

  • AECOM Technology Corporation
  • Turner Construction
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Pennoni Associates
  • Urban Engineers
  • O'Donnell & Naccarato Structural Engineers
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Duffield Associates
  • Master Locators

The Department of Civil Engineering at Widener University utilizes an educational license of the GEO5 Geotechnical Software Suite by the Fine Company.


Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
See enrollment information.