The U.S. Air Force Academy Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering maintains its national stature as one of the nation's top undergraduate engineering programs, supporting USAFA's ranking as one of the top five programs according to US News & World Report, through a myriad of activities and competitions that enhance cadet learning. The nation's premiere engineering experiential learning lab is located in Jack's Valley at the Field Engineering and Readiness Laboratory. Every summer, rising juniors (2°) experience hands-on construction, heavy equipment operation, surveying, environmental activities and more. As cadets "construct first and design later" they learn the application of the theory they'll learn throughout the civil and environmental major as they prepare to become commissioned officers. Additionally, cadets participate in annual competitions hosted by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) where they have the chance to compete against schools in regional and national competitions, to demonstrate and improve their engineering knowledge. For more information about any of these activities, please go to the DFCE homepage or Facebook page at: HQ USAFA/DFCE or DFCE Facebook page.