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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


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The department has a range of teaching and research strengths, anchored by several multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional centers and programs. Building on current strengths and expanding into new and vital areas, three overarching themes are identified, including Environmental Health, Civil Infrastructure Security, and Sustainable Resource Engineering. We have four premier departmental strengths in Simulation (both computational and experimental), Smart Sensing, and Data and Network Science, and Urban Informatics.

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Recent News

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Alshawabkeh Appointed University Distinguished Professor

Akram Alshawabkeh, Director of PROTECT & CRECE Centers, Snell Professor of Engineering, and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, has been appointed to the rank of University Distinguished Professor, the highest honor the university can bestow upon a faculty member, for his accomplishments and achievements in the field of geoengineering and environmental health.

Applying Deep Learning and Physics Modeling to Structures Subjected to Earthquakes

CEE Assistant Professor Hao Sun, ECE Assistant Professor Yanzhi Wang, and CEE Professor & Chair Jerome Hajjar were awarded a $600K NSF grant for “Physics-Reinforced Deep Learning for Structural Metamodeling.”

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.