Civil Engineering Fun Facts

I highly doubt that these questions will be asked during a round of trivia, but here are some interesting facts about civil engineers/engineering that you may not have known:

1. Civil engineers created the slipperiness of a water slide
By designing the pumping system to discharge the correct amount of water to the flume, civil engineers made the fun of waterparks. Basically, we created waterparks.

2. The Great Pyramid at Giza
One of the earliest examples of civil engineering…and the only remaining original of the Seven Wonders.

3. The Chunnel
….aka connection from France to London by train underwater. A civil engineer originally proposed this in 1802 but construction didn’t take place until much longer later. It spans over 23 miles, and I have personally taken a ride through this channel.

4. CN Tower in Toronto
ASCE named this building one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

5. “Ice Hotel” in Norway
Civil engineers participate in the constant rebuilding of the hotel. It is now 22 years old and is rebuilt every year in a short amount of time.

6. Benjamin Wright
ASCE declared him the “The Father of American Civil Engineering” due to his contributions as chief engineer of the Erie and Chesapeake & Ohio Canals. In addition – he had 9 children, and five of them actually became civE’s.

7. “Millennium Force”
The rollercoaster, located in Cedar Point, Ohio, reaches a height that is longer than a football field (310 ft) and a velocity that is faster than a cheetah (92 mph).

8.Ellen Swallow Richards
(1842-1911) was an American female civil engineer. She was the first woman who was admitted to a school of science and technology & the first woman to receive a degree in chemistry as well!

9. Jennifer Gross, P.E.
Lehigh’s own Professor Gross is not only a Professional Engineer and the Director of the M.Eng program at LU, but she also was a design engineer on Dr. Seuss’ Landing in Universal Studios Orlando, Florida!

10. Lehigh University is ranked 22nd in the USA for Civil Engineering! First place goes to University of California-Berkeley, where many of our own Lehigh professors have attended!



About lusamantha14

I am currently a senior at Lehigh University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. My blog this semester will be about my last undergraduate year at Lehigh: academics, social events & unexpected day to day occurrences. I'm really excited to share my thoughts, stories, and advice with anyone reading, since I know that all students go through very similar experiences. I can't wait to explore all of the opportunities that the field of Civil Engineering has to offer & I'm excited to live out my last year at Lehigh to the fullest! View all posts by lusamantha14

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