Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Kelly Bevill
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Kelly Bevill combines her experiences from working in the field with hands-on labs to prepare her students for a prosperous career.


From the ground up

When was the last time you were excited about dirt? Maybe when you were five years old? Never? Even if you rarely consider the ground beneath your feet or the soil beneath the three-story buildings on campus, you can be grateful that someone does like Assistant Professor Kelly Bevill. Bevill’s professional background includes time as an environmental engineer consultant focused on soil remediation, or ensuring the soil is clean enough for future development. Her work helped turn old San Francisco shipyards into golf courses, landfills into clean housing developments, and more.

“I love being able to start from nothing, or something that is less than ideal, and make it better than you could ever expect,” Bevill said.

She grew up in the Grand Valley and went on to earn her bachelors of science in environmental engineering at CU Boulder, which makes for an ideal combination, as she is now a civil engineering assistant professor for the CMU-CU engineering partnership. Bevill is excited to see the partnership grow, as she wants, “to be able to say that we are one of the best programs so that we can attract the best students.”

Admittedly, grading is Bevill’s least favorite parts of being a teacher. “I’d rather be in with the students teaching them. To see the light go off, that is really the culminating moment,” Bevill said. She teaches fundamental engineering courses and hopes her students leave with a solid understanding of the information for future application in their upper division classes.

Through hands-on labs and stories from her time as a consultant, Bevill emphasizes the multitude of opportunities that exist for her students in the field of civil engineering.

“There are all sorts of different things that you can design with this knowledge, things that can help people. Nearly everything that we build or design is for somebody to do something with,” said Bevill. “Having that in the back of your mind when you are working on a project is great.”

Outside of the classroom, Bevill is designing a new water exhibit for the John McConnell Math & Science Center of Western Colorado. Bevill intends for the new exhibit to provide hands-on learning experiences for children, in addition to creating something that CMU engineering students may use for experiments.

Whether inside the classroom or out, Bevill’s end goal is always to get people more “excited about what we can do as engineers.”

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