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Research

Convergent research with collaboration across government, industry, and academia

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering attracts exceptional faculty who conduct state-of-the-art research, are dedicated educators at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and advance the state of professional practice. Faculty conduct interdisciplinary research in department research areas, as part of the college’s multidisciplinary research centers and institutes, Research Initiatives, and within their laboratories, as well as working across the university, and with industry, government, and academia.

The department also has dedicated staff who provide a range of operational services, including laboratory technicians, a dedicated machine shop, and budget and finance.

View faculty profiles including faculty laboratory research, and recent Scholarship Reports.


Quick Facts

$9M

external research funding (2019)

8

NSF CAREER Awards

3

multidisciplinary research centers

30

tenured/tenure-track faculty


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering education and research missions are focused on Urban Engineering, anchored by several multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional centers and programs. Building on current strengths and expanding into new and vital areas, three overarching interdisciplinary research and education thrusts of the department include Environmental Health, Civil Infrastructure Security, and Sustainable Resource Engineering, with subthemes and disciplinary excellence in each of these areas. We have premier departmental strengths in four integrated enabling technologies that include Simulation (both computational and experimental), Smart Sensing, and Data and Network Science, and Urban Informatics.

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Recent News

Luca Caracoglia’s Research on Artificial Intelligence for Tornado Engineering was featured by MathWorks

Recent research results by CEE Professor Luca Caracoglia and Dr. Viet Le on Artificial Intelligence for Tornado Engineering were featured by MathWorks.

Northeastern-spinoff Wins 2020 Cleantech Open Northeast

CEE Associate Professor Andrew Myers and Part-time faculty Jim Papadopoulos were named winners of the 2020 Cleantech Open Northeast for their startup, T-Omega Wind.

Monitoring Outbreaks of COVID in the Sewage

CEE Assistant Professor Ameet Pinto is screening the city of Somerville, MA’s wastewater to gauge whether COVID-19 cases are increasing or decreasing.

Defending Against Mother Nature

While Hurricane Laura was the strongest storm to hit Louisiana in 160 years, CEE Professor Qin Jim Chen worked with local officials to best prepare for and predict the damage caused by the storm.