Construction engineering and management


The interdisciplinary CU Denver Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program leverages CU Denver’s accredited schools of engineering, architecture and business to prepare students for today’s complex construction industry. Programs are designed to enable engineers, construction managers, architects, business majors and others to advance within a wide variety of construction career paths or to transition into the dynamic, exciting and high paying building industry.

CU Denver’s campus is located in heart of Denver, a thriving urban environment and construction community, and employment rates for graduates remain consistently high. The program caters to nontraditional and working students through condensed and flexible academic offerings.  Coursework is purposefully interdisciplinary to address and lead the future of construction.

The CEM program has a strong relationship with the construction industry through an advisory board, guest speakers, field trips, student clubs and assistance to students in finding internships and careers.

Pursuing an undergraduate degree in construction

Students interested in construction degrees may pursue a bachelor of science in construction engineering and management or in construction management. Details for each program can be found on the civil engineering undergraduate program pages.

Pursuing a graduate degree in construction engineering and management

Students interested in construction engineering and management may pursue the master of science, master of engineering, online master's degreePhD or various graduate-level certificates.

Ongoing and emerging research

  • Optimal building operation and renovation within limited upgrade budgets
  • State-of-the-art techniques to optimize construction cost, duration, quality, safety, and sustainability
  • Sustainability of existing and new buildings
  • Optimization of commuting needs for businesses
  • Repair, evaluation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of civil infrastructure such as dams, buildings, bridges, and street and street subsystems
  • Use of building information modeling (BIM) to aid in creating optimal design, construction, and operation of buildings
  • Promotion of sustainability and social quality of life in buildings
  • Theories, methods, and tools for multidisciplinary systems thinking in high-performance building
  • Construction worker health and productivity
  • Construction innovation and enterprise

Active projects (funded)

California Department of Transportation: Developing Commute Optimization System to Minimize Negative Environmental Impacts, Time and Cost of Business Commuters, Funded project by Caltrans

California Energy Commission: Bolt to College Innovative Mobility Service Demonstrations with Zero-Emission Vehicles

University Transportation Center, Mountain Plains Consortium: Business & Commute Optimization System: Development and Denver Based Case Study. Multi-Business Commute Optimization system (MBCOS): System Development and Case Study

GE Johnson: Assessing Construction Worker Physiological Factors to Maximize Productivity and Safety

Associated General Contractors: Trends in Construction Defect Litigation


Kevin Rens, PhD, PE

Chair and Professor

Civil Engineering

Phone: 303-315-7159