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Civil Engineering


Civil Engineers design, construct, and manage the physical and naturally built environment.   The Department of Civil Engineering at CWRU is proud of being one of the four founding departments by the Case Institute of Technology (since 1880) and continues to deliver significant impacts on the Civil Engineering profession in the Nation and worldwide with its rigorous and pioneering academic programs.


Two graduating Case Western Reserve University students put their classroom knowledge to work and left a parting gift to the campus by erecting a 90-foot bridge built entirely of K’Nex. It was a stealthy operation that took weeks of planning and 10 hours of on-site assembly and lasted into the early morning hours. But when students and faculty arrived on campus May 4, they and others were greeted by the structure built by Christopher Toth of Columbus, Ohio, and Donald Cartwright of Alliance, Ohio.

“I designed the bridge in my head,” says Toth, who said past experience building a number of other large bridge models gave him the confidence that it would work.

Toth fabricated the unique single-cable suspension bridge in 2- to 3-food sections, using thousands of plastic K’Nex parts assembled in his dorm room. It took about 36 hours over six weeks he says.