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EXPLORE NORTHEASTERN
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New Degrees for Growing World Needs

Several innovative degree programs at have been recently introduced in two critical areas of the future—the environment and public policy. Select from a BS in Environmental Engineering, a BS in Environmental Engineering and Landscape Architecture, a BS in Environmental Engineering and Health Sciences, an accelerated master's program in Environmental Engineering, an MS in Environmental Engineering, and an MS in Engineering and Public Policy.

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Faculty Position Available

The department is seeking candidates for a tenure or tenure-track position across the broad area of Smart Civil and Environmental Engineering Systems.

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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

Loretta Fernandez and Alice Wang recognized for 2019 Top 10 Exceptional Papers by ET&C

CEE/COS Assistant Professor Loretta A. Fernandez and doctoral alumna Dr. Alice Peiying Wang were recognized with a 2019 Top 10 Exceptional Paper Award by the editors of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (ET&C) for their article titled “Bioaccumulation in Functionally Different Species: Ongoing Input of PCBs with Sediment Deposition to Activated Carbon Remediated Bed Sediments”.

Research Reveals Air Pollution Costs US Estimated $1B a Year in Perennial Crop Yield

CEE Professor Yang Zhang co-authored a paper titled “Impacts of ozone and climate change on yields of perennial crops in California,” which was recently published in Nature Food.

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PROTECT Research Center: Continuing a Bold Mission for Environmental Health

This week, the PROTECT multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research center, led by Akram Alshawabkeh, Director of PROTECT, and Snell Professor of Engineering and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, was awarded a five-year $10.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue and expand its work. This next phase of PROTECT research will include the study of an additional 1,000 pregnant women and look at a mixture of chemicals beyond the initial two suspect chemical classes.

Shashank Konduri wins 1st Place Poster Presentation at American Meteorological Society’s 100th Annual Meeting

Interdisciplinary PhD student Shashank Konduri received the 1st Place Poster Presentation Award for his poster on “In-season crop mapping for the continental United States” at the American Meteorological Society’s 100th Annual Meeting.