Civil & Environmental Engineering @ Rowan University

Civil & Environmental Engineering @ Rowan University



The Structural and Materials Laboratory covers 800 square-feet and includes basic equipment required for structural testing and materials characterization. Several other laboratory areas in Rowan Hall are also dedicated to the study of materials. In addition to the specific equipment shown below, the laboratory is equipped with all standard apparatus for the mixing and testing of concrete. There is a full suite of load cells, displacement transducers, strain gage instrumentation, and data acquisition systems available.

The Structures and Materials area is used for course laboratory activity and research. The lab includes open area for preparation of tests and a load frame with a 50 kip capacity.

Testing machines available include a concrete compression tester with a capacity of 500,000 lbs and an Instron servo-controlled test machine with 200,000 lb capacity.


The Environmental Laboratory covers 2000 square-feet. It is divided into two modules, 302 and 303. The lab contains everything students need to identify and solve environmental problems, from basic glassware to sophisticated analytical equipment. We also have a wide assortment of equipment for sampling and analyzing samples in the field.


The Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory serves as both a teaching and research laboratory. The laboratory contains all equipment required to do simple and advanced soil tests. Totally automated equipment is used for sophisticated engineering properties tests which include compressibility (consolidation) tests, strength (triaxial and direct shear) tests and permeability tests. The geotechnical engineering laboratory also has various field testing equipment including drill rigs and an infiltrometer. It also has various demonstration tools including a seepage tank. In addition, the Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory also houses advanced imaging equipment such as a table top X-ray CT, several microscopes and a Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) setup.

Water Resources

The 800-square foot Water Resources Engineering Laboratory in Rowan Hall is adjacent to the 1600-square foot Environmental Engineering Laboratory. The Water Resources Engineering Lab contains equipment and instrumentation to investigate a variety of fluid flows, from basic flumes to state-of-the art flow visualization software, solar-powered data loggers, and Acoustic Doppler Velocity meters. Laboratory apparatus includes a 12-foot tilting flume, two hydraulics benches, and basic fluid mechanics instructional equipment. Equipment for field studies includes stream flow meters, high-precision GPS transceivers, water quality monitoring instruments, a fluorometer, and digital video recorders. Computing resources in the lab allow for data collection, GIS analysis, and hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of watershed processes and dam safety.


Transportation facilities are split between Rowan Hall (the main engineering building) and laboratories at the South Jersey Tech Park.

The laboratory at 241/242 Rowan Hall is used for laboratory testing of aggregates, asphalt, concrete and soils for Civil Engineering Materials, Geotechnical Engineering, and Reinforced Concrete courses. In addition, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior clinic students conduct experiments, and ASCE club members design and build their concrete canoe and steel bridge designs in these labs.

The South Jersey Tech Park at Rowan University has a nationally recognized pavement research program and the AASHTO-AMRL certified binder and mix laboratory that engages undergraduate and graduate students in research as they complete their engineering education. The focus of the research is construction materials, pavement analysis and design, and transportation safety. Junior and senior clinic students conduct experiments at the Tech Park facilities.

CREATEs, the Center for Research & Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems, is the only center in the northeast region of the United States that has the facilities to conduct state-of-the-art accelerated pavement testing. These facilities include a fully instrumented accelerated pavement testing facility (RUAPTF) and a Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS) that allows for applying accelerated loading that simulates 20 years of traffic in as few as 3 to 6 months, and an American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL) accredited laboratory (RUCOM).