Civil engineering is an area of science and engineering that focuses on how to improve the health, comfort and well-being of people, and that involves building structures, like bridges, tunnels and roads.
It has been a hot field for universities, colleges and companies around the world, but it hasn’t attracted much investment in the U.S.
A growing market: civil engineering students from all over the world have begun applying to study at U.C.L.A.
The Civil Engineering Institute at Caltech is one of the leading universities in the country, and it’s the first to award a $50-million contract to the United Technologies Corp., a major supplier of equipment for the construction of bridges and other infrastructure projects, according to a statement from U.T.S.’s chief executive officer, Jeffrey R. Anderson.
U.C.-Los Angeles also is the first school to award the $50M contract to a U.K.-based engineering firm.
The $50m will go to the UL Civil Engineering Engineering School in partnership with engineering firm Arup, which is located in Sheffield, England.
Anderson said the $5 million award will help the school get the first-of-its-kind technology that is required for civil engineering.
The contract will be awarded within a year of its opening, he said.
The contract is a major boost for U.L.’s civil engineering program, which was launched in the 1990s as a way to give students the training they need for engineering jobs in the next century.
The school is focused on developing a pipeline of graduates who will go on to work for engineering firms in the world’s biggest cities, Anderson said.