The school of civil engineering has a long history standing, which was founded in 1956 with a combination of building department of formerly Northeastern Institute of Technology, civil engineering department of formerly Northwestern Institute of Technology, civil engineering department of formerly Tsingdao Institute of Technology, and civil engineering department of formerly Su'nan Industrial College. It was then department of building engineering. In 1999 the school of civil engineering was formally established on the basis of department of building engineering, and department of general planning and transportation engineering.
The school now offers four undergraduate programs of civil Engineering, city underground space engineering, traffic engineering, and traffic and transportation engineering. Civil engineering program is featured at national level with consecutively four excellent results through national professional evaluation, and transportation engineering program is featured by Shaanxi province. In 2010 civil engineering program has been selected as the first implemental program of Excellent Engineer Training Program by Ministry of Education, followed by transportation engineering in 2011. In 2017 civil engineering was eligible for the first-level Shaanxi discipline, city underground space engineering, and traffic and transportation engineering were as the first-level incubated Shaanxi discipline.
The school can grant PhD degree and post-doctoral mobile research station in civil engineering discipline. It also grant master's degree in traffic and transportation engineering discipline. The civil engineering discipline includes broad disciplinary categories of Structural Engineering, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Bridge and Tunnel Engineering, Construction and Management, and Modern Structural Theory, where Structural Engineering is national key discipline.
There are about 190 faculties and staff members employed in the school, among them 40 are professors, 60 are associate professors, 36are PhD supervisors. The school has one team awarded by the Ministry of Education as “Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team”, and one national-level teaching team. Among academic members, one was awarded as the National Outstanding Youth Science Founding.one awarded as nationally outstanding teachers, one was committee member of academic degree committee of the state council, and two awarded Young teacher award by Fok Ying Tong Education Foundation by Ministry of Education, one awarded Science Fund of distinguished Young Scholars by Shaanxi Province,two awarded Young Science and Technology Award by Shaanxi Province, eight awarded New Star of Young Science and Technology by Shaanxi Province.
Currently there are four laboratories in the school, including Structure and Seismic Laboratory, Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory, Highway and Traffic Engineering Laboratory, Simulation Center of Civil and Transportation Engineering. In addition, there are national key laboratory of Western Green Building Laboratory, the Ministry of Education's key laboratory of Structural and Seismic Laboratory, Shaanxi Province's key laboratory of Structural and Seismic Laboratory, the national Experiment Teaching Demonstration Center of civil engineering, national Virtual Simulation Experiment Teaching Center of civil engineering, national Demonstration Center of joint supervision of graduate students in the Architecture and Civil Engineering fields of the northwestern region, Shaanxi Province's 2011Collaborative Innovation Center of prefabricated building industrialization in the west district.
The school has strived for excellence over the past five years, such as about 1021 latitudinal research projects and the amount of these funding up to 1970,80 thousands, about 30 national, ministerial and provincial-level Prize in science and technology progress, about 294 authorized patents with about 126 authorized patent for invention, about 52 published monographs with about 41 teaching materials, about 52 published national standards and norms as leading and principle editors, about 1962 published academic papers with about 628 papers indexed by SCI and EI, and so on.
In the recent years, the school has maintained good communications and cooperation with other universities from American, Germany, Japan, Korea etc Specially, In 2017, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology and University of South Australia cooperatively run An De College, and cultivate undergraduate and graduate students in civil engineering.
With its unique geographical condition and industrial origin, the school took the west China as the base, and meanwhile, it faces the nation. Since the foundation of the school in 1956, it has developed more than 20 thousands qualified personnel in civil engineering and traffic and transportation engineering, and contributed significantly to the national, industrial and regional economy construction and social development.