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Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts.

With over 100 years of history in research, teaching, and service to the community, we are experiencing unprecedented growth. As we continue to expand our faculty, invest in and grow our research facilities, broaden our innovative curriculum, and expand our world-class experiential learning model, there has never been a better time to study civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern.

Our program offers you world-class instruction in engineering design and practice, supported by our core technical areas and interdisciplinary research thrusts. You may choose to focus your studies and deepen your area(s) of interest in one or more of the following:

Strategic focus on urban engineering

  • Construction management
  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Transportation engineering
  • Water, environmental, and coastal systems

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University has a range of teaching and research strengths, anchored by several multidisciplinary, multi-institutional centers and programs that are core to the activities of the department. Building on current strengths and expanding into new and vital areas, three overarching themes are identified, including:

  • Environmental health
  • Civil infrastructure security
  • Sustainable resource engineering

We also have four premier departmental strengths in the following:

  • Simulation (both computational and experimental)
  • Smart sensing
  • Data and network science
  • Urban informatics

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