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Urban Engineering

With a strategic focus on urban engineering, Northeastern’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research and education in the evolving fields of environmental health, civil infrastructure security, and sustainable resource engineering.

Research Thrusts
COVID-19 Research

While ostensibly an issue of personal and public health, the pandemic's impact on all facets of life necessitates a broadly interdisciplinary approach to combating the disease, mitigating its economic impacts, and building a more resilient world against future threats. Learn about the research Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern is conducting into COVID-19.

COVID-19 Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Environmental Health

Snell Professor and Associate Dean for Research Akram Alshawabkeh was awarded $13.2M from the NIH for the multi-institutional and interdisciplinary research project for environmental influences of child health outcomes in Puerto Rico.

Environmental Health
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Civil Infrastructure Security

Yujie Yan, PhD student, focuses research on developing autonomous unmanned aerial systems to conduct routine inspection and post-disaster assessment of infrastructure.

Civil Infrastructure Security
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Sustainable Resource Engineering

Professor Auroop Ganguly, director of the Sustainability and Data Sciences Laboratory, uses technologies such as artificial intelligence and deep machine learning to enhance climate science understanding and inform policy.

Sustainable Resource Engineering
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Student Life

Our students are engaged in critical engineering challenges, both locally and globally. From Engineers Without Borders to the American Society of Civil Engineers—there is something for everyone to have fun while expanding your knowledge.

Community

Spotlight Stories

Louiza Wise
BS Environmental Engineering, 2021

Environmental engineering student Louiza Wise, E'21, won a 2021 Compass Award which recognizes exemplary students from the senior class...

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Venkata Shashank Konduri
PhD Interdisciplinary Engineering, 2021

“Interdisciplinarity.” That’s what drew PhD candidate Venkata Shashank Konduri to Northeastern. Konduri is pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering,...

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NSF CAREER Award to Improve Home Thermal Automation

Assistant Professor Michael Kane, civil and environmental engineering, recently received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. The project will enable the design of automation in the built environment that models human physiological and behavioral responses to changing environmental temperature conditions to satisfy competing objectives of energy management and occupant comfort.

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Engineering in Action

World-Renowned Cooperative Education

Te’Erica Eason is pursuing a BS in Environmental Engineering. She is also on the varsity basketball team and an e-board member of the New England Water and Environmental Association. She says co-op is her guiding light and so far worked at WSP USA on hydropower. She hopes to open her own business in water distribution systems in undeveloped rural areas when she graduates.

World-Renowned Cooperative Education

Jude Arbogast, BS, Civil Engineering, has done two co-ops at Suffolk Construction—one in scheduling and staffing, and the other in the field where he found his love of construction management. He says co-op allowed him to put his knowledge to the test and find out what he really wanted to do.

Recent News

Tracking How Black Carbon is Getting in the Oceans

MES/COS/CEE Professor Aron Stubbins is researching how black carbon is making its way to the depths of the oceans. Is wildfire soot leaving a mark on the world’s oceans? Main Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images When clouds of smoke and ash billow out over the ocean, stretching away from the wildfires that are their source, […]

Using Floating Wetlands to Combat Algae Blooms

Max Rome, PhD’21, civil engineering, is leading a team of Northeastern researchers to create a visually impactful floating wetland on the Charles River to serve as a model to support water ecosystems, including combating algae blooms.

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Tracking Hurricane Data to Minimize Flooding Damage

CEE/MES Qin Jim Chen is working with the Nearshore Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association to track hurricane storm data for use in building better levees and infrastructure to minimize flooding damage.

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$1.5M NSF Award for Real-Time Mobile Air Quality Monitoring and Intervention

CEE Assistant Professor Qi Ryan Wang is leading a $1.5M NSF grant, in collaboration with ECE Assistant Professor Yanzhi Wang, CEE/MES Assistant Professor Amy Mueller, CAMD Associate Professor Brooke Foucault Welles, and Adrienne Katner from the LA State University Health Science Center, to work on “Toxic-Free Footprints to Improve Community Health against Respiratory Hazards.”