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Civil Engineering

The Academy’s Civil Engineering program has a long, proud tradition of preparing civil engineers who are knowledgeable and skilled in the areas of structural, construction, environmental, and geotechnical engineering.

  • Encompassing many disciplines, Civil Engineering offers a challenging career to individuals with a wide variety of interests
  • In the senior-level capstone course, students design a complete civil engineering system directly related to a Coast Guard problem
  • The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Areas of Study

The Civil Engineering program provides a solid background in mathematics and engineering sciences, as well as in-depth study in structural analysis; environmental, water resources, construction, and geotechnical engineering.

Resources

The Civil Engineering major is a highly experiential program that makes use of a wide array of professional resources – from industry standards such as Tinius Olsen machines and concrete cylinder testers, to the most relevant civil engineering technologies. The Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty partners with many commercial and federal entities to enrich the educational experience of cadets.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Engineer Research and Development Center
  • Mystic Seaport
  • Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
 
FACTS AND FIGURES
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Civil Engineers rank near the top of two lists: Undergrads who are most satisfied and least underemployed
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The Academy graduates 20 to 35 Civil Engineers each year
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After just 2 years of active duty, officers can apply for civil engineering graduate school
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of Millions – the annual monetary value of projects managed by CG civil engineers

Featured Cadets

Landon Klopfenstein

Landon Klopfenstein
Oviedo, FL
Class of 2019

Marquis Stewart

Marquis Stewart
Baltimore, MD
Class of 2020

Jillian Stuckey

Jillian Stuckey
Glen Allen, VA
Class of 2020

Featured Graduates

Ashner

Tyler Wyndham Ashner
Class of 2009
Major: Civil Engineering

Kyle Ensley

Kyle Ensley
Class of 2006
Major: Civil Engineering
M.S. Civil Engineering,
University of Illinois

Chanel Lee

Chanel Lee
Class of 2009
Major: Civil Engineering

Contact Information

School of Engineering and Cyber Systems
Dr. Kassim Tarhini
Program Chair
Kassim.M.Tarhini@uscga.edu
(860) 701-6562

Sponsor Family Application

Thank you for submitting your application to be part of the Sponsor Family Program. Your application will be processed in the upcoming week. Coast Guard Academy’s policy on background screening now requires all adults (everyone 18 and older living in the home) who volunteer to mentor, teach, coach or sponsor cadets, whether on or off Coast Guard Academy grounds, to be screened every 5 years. They are required to provide personal information (name, birth date and social security number) for the purpose of conducting a criminal background check.

The Security Officer at the Coast Guard Academy, CWO2 Gina Polkowski, is overseeing this process. Her email is: Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.

Sponsor Family designations fall into several different categories. Below are the guidelines to help you determine how best to meet the background screening requirement:

  1. If you are Coast Guard active duty you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  2. If you are a Civilian working for the Coast Guard you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  3. If you are non-Coast Guard Active Duty, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  4. If you are non-Coast Guard civilian who has a current security clearance or National Agency check, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  5. All civilians in the families who are 18 years or older and do not have a security clearance or a National Agency Check are required to be vetted through Mind Your Business, the third party vendor hired by the Coast Guard Academy for the vetting process.

After you complete your application, please e-mail the Sponsor Family Program Coordinator at CadetFamilySponsorProgram@uscga.edu. In your e-mail, you must include the e-mail address and phone number of every adult living in the home. The Sponsor Family Coordinator will then initiate the background check process and you will receive an email with further instructions.

Important things to note:

There is a Sponsor Family Training that is a one-hour training which we ask sponsors to attend once every four years. This training is designed to give you an overview of the program, what is expected of you as a sponsor, and what you can expect from your cadets. This training will also help familiarize you with the cadet regulations onboard CGA. You will be notified via e-mail once the training is scheduled.

The matching process of swabs to families will occur during July and August. Please bear with us and remain flexible through this process. There will be a meet and greet scheduled on Campus, typically in late August. This will give families an opportunity to formally meet their cadet if they have not already done so. Details on this will also be via email.

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