In 1994, the Faculty of Civil Engineering was established Structural Engineering profile institute (now the Institute of Materials and Structures) and the Professor Dr. Habil sc ing. Rolands Rikards was approved by its director.
Profile institute in 1999 created a group of Structural Engineering Automation Design Professor Group, headed by Dr. sc Ing. Andris Čate.
As a result of subsequent changes, the Professor Group of Automated Design Engineering Structures in 2003 was reformed as the Department of Composite Materials and Structures, headed by Professor Dr. sc Ing. Andris Čate.