Civil Engineering Technology



chambleeIn 1948 Southern Polytechnic State University, known as "The Technical Institute", started as an educational institute training engineering technicians. The first quarter of classes started on March 1948, with 116 students total, and 13 students in the Surveying and Construction Technology program. The campus was located on the site of Naval Air Station in Chamblee. The program curriculum was designed to offer wide range of civil and surveying technology related technical courses over the course of 6 quarters in two years. Click here to see the first course checklist of Surveying and Construction Technology Program. In the following year, the program name was changed to Civil Technology and the program continued to offer both surveying and civil technology courses in the same two-year curriculum until 1963. The civil program changed names and descriptions several times to reflect its continued growth and success to provide the best educational experience that prepares its students for the industry.

In 1958, Civil Engineering Technology Department and The State Highway Department started a co-op program. Students may work a quarter with the Highway Department after completing a school quarter.

Civil Technology program was first accredited in 1953 by the Engineer's Council for Professional Development. In 1963, the department had a new name; Civil Engineering Technology with two options:

From 1963 to 1970 Civil Engineering Technology department continued granting associate in science degrees. In 1970, Southern Technical Institute started to offer B.S. degrees in several majors including Civil Engineering Technology. The students had the opportunity to finish their associate degree in two years and study for another two years to get a bachelors of science degree in Civil Engineering Technology.

In 1973, Civil Engineering Technology program was accredited by ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology), and maintained its high quality education by staying accredited until now.

From 1982 to 1984 the department name was changed to Civil and Architectural Engineering Department. In 1984 it was changed back to Civil Engineering Technology, but the department had revised and restructured itself to encompass the following options;

  • Surveying,
  • Structures,
  • Construction, and
  • General options.

In 1990, the Environmental and Control was added as the fifth option. In the same year,  Southern College of Technology stopped offering associate in science degrees. In 1992, sixth option in Transportation was added to the Civil Engineering Technology curriculum.

In 1998, the school name was changed to Southern Polytechnic State University and options from the Civil Engineering Technology program were all removed, but a new four-year B.S. program, Surveying and Mapping, was added.

Now, Civil Engineering Technology and Surveying and Mapping Programs are housed under the Department of Civil engineering Technology.


structural testingDuring the formation of Civil Engineering Technology Department, several key individuals contributed significant time, effort, and knowledge to the successful development of the curriculum. Mr. Charles T. Holladay was the first Head of the Civil Engineering Technology Department.  Mr. Holladay was a Tennessee Polytechnic Institute graduate, and held a professional engineering license. He was also a registered land surveyor in the State of Georgia. He served as the department head from 1951 to 1982.


 CET Department Heads 

1951-1982       Charles T. Holladay, B.S.C.E., Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, P.E., R.L.S.
1982-1984   Robert Myatt, B.C.E, North Caroline State University, P.E., R.L.S.
1984-1989   David Hornbeck, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, P.E., R.L.S.
1989-1996   Boyce Tate, M.S., University of Virginia, P.E., R.L.S.
1996-1999   Hans A. Troemel, B.S., Oglethorpe University, R.L.S.
1999-   Timothy W. Zeigler, M.S., University of Illinois, P.E.


holladay Myatt hornbeck
Charles T. Holladay Robert Myatt David Hornbeck
 troemel  Tim Zeigler  
Hans A. Troemel Timothy W. Zeigler   


Administrative Assistants

Phyllis Eubanks     2006-2014
Kelly Trisenberg   2004-2006
Ann Lay   2000-2005
Jo Preston   ____-2000
Ann Thornton   ____-____



Bennett, David M., Professor Emeritus

Holladay, Charles T., Professor Emeritus

Hornbeck, David E., Professor Emeritus

Orlandella, Michael R., Associate Professor Emeritus

Troemel, Hans A., Associate Professor, Emeritus

Carlos Ortiz, Professor Emeritus





Charles T, Holladay   Frank Bullard   Robert L. Myatt  
1948-1986   1951-1953   1955-1986  
Edward L. Reese   Harold R. Nurse   Rezin E. Pidgeon  
1957-1961   1958-1961   1958-1959  
Richard D. Barkdale   Joseph E. Bowles   Hans A. Troemel  
1959-1961   1959-1962   1959-1997  
James R. Martin   Edgar T. Fowler   Wendell B. Getchell  
1962-1963   1963-1978   1963-1963  
Rolf W. Roley   William Gordon   John W. Van Hoy  
1963-1969   1964-1978   1966-1984  
David M. Bennett   Robert S. Kramer   John T. Nevitt  
1971-1994   1972-1984   1972-1989  
John C. Potter   Townsend H. Cushmnan   Michael R. Orlandella  
1972-1978   1974-1976   1976-  
Jacque L. Williams   David E. Hornbeck   Gerhard W. Schulz  
1976-1988   1977-   1977-1979  
Gilbert R. Puffer   Robert L. Carter   Maurice L. Northcutt  
1982-1986   1984-1988   1984-1994  
Keith G. Akhlaghi   James Wakeman   Boyce D. Tate  
1988-1989   1988-1991   1989-1995  
Bushwa N. Acharys   Samuel J. P. Beadles   Patrick A. Phearson  
1990-1991   1990-2010   1990-1994  
Nancy J. Turner   Harry D. Allen   Kathleen C. McGowan  
1987-   1993-1994   1993-1994  
 Yancy L. Gill    Mehrdad Mesbahi    Matthew M. Wilson  
 1994-1996    1994-    1995-  
Thomas R. Currin   Jerry Isenburg   Timothy W. Zeigler  
1992 -2007   1997-2002   1997-  
Carlos A. Ortiz   Fatih Oncul    Dan Branham  
 1996-2013   2008-   2007 -  
Lourdes Abellera   Allen Roberts
2011-2012   2013-