The history of Civil Engineering Department coincides with that of YILDIZ TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY (YTU) and it is the second oldest civil engineering department in Turkey. YTU started education in 1911 under the name of "Konduktor Mekteb-i Alisi", the establishment continued as "Nafia Fen Mektebi" after 1923, and its name was changed to Istanbul Technical School in 1937, to Istanbul State Academy of Engineering and Architecture in 1969, to YILDIZ UNIVERSITY in 1982 and finally to YILDIZ TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY in 1992. 1450 undergraduate and 270 graduate students are currently enrolled in the Department.


The Civil Engineering Department has seven divisions: Structural Engineering, Hydraulics, Transportation, Geotechnics, Engineering Mechanics, Construction Management, and Structural Materials. Undergraduate studies are carried out in two separate programs as 30% English and 100% English programs, between 8:00 a.m.-6:50 p.m. on weekdays. The department conducts M.Sc and Ph.D programs within the Institute of Science and Technology (School of Graduate Studies) in the areas of Structural Engineering, Hydraulics, Coastal and Harbor Engineering, Geotechnics, Transportation and Engineering Mechanics.


There are six laboratories, supporting, teaching activities for undergraduate students and are used for conducting experimental works of the M.Sc. and Ph.D. students on their research activities:


Prof. Dr. Kutay Özaydın Soil Mechanics Laboratory,

Hydraulics and Coastal Engineering Laboratory,

Structural Engineering Laboratory,

Structural Materials Laboratory,

Transportation Laboratory,

Geology Laboratory.