Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering News

Retiring Burdette Looks Back on His Fifty-Plus Years at UT

Edwin "Ed" Burdette gestures during a celebration honoring his fifty years-plus connection to the University of Tennessee. Burdette first came to UT as a student in the late 1950s and is retiring this summer as true icon of civil engineering, both at UT and internationally.

Germany and Austria were still occupied by Allied forces, Hawaii and Alaska weren’t yet states, and chimpanzees—let alone humans—had not gotten anywhere near space exploration. That was the situation around the world when Edwin “Ed” Burdette came to UT as an undergraduate in the mid-1950s.