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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 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 Annual Reports.


Quick Facts

$34M

external research funding (2021-23)

14

young investigator awards

3

research centers and institutes

38

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

What Recent Bridge Closures Reveal About Our Transportation Infrastructure

CSSH/CEE Associate Professor Serena Alexander explains the importance of a resilient transportation system amidst the many recent bridge closures. She says that the infrastructure needs to be more accessible while many of these bridges undergo repairs.

New Study Finds That Microplastics Reduce the Efficiency of Removing Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere

MES/COS/CEE Professor Aron Stubbins co-authored a new study, published in Marine Chemistry, which shows that microplastics slow down the ocean’s natural carbon sink process. This is reducing the ocean’s ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which impedes it from helping offset the climate crisis.

Learning From Tragedies During Historical Building Renovations

CAMD/CEE Associate Professor David Fannon provides insight into the risks of renovations that may lead to tragedies like the recent fire at the Old Stock Exchange in Copenhagen.

Cloud Seeding May Have Caused Record-Breaking Rainfall in Dubai

CEE Distinguished Professor Auroop Ganguly explains what cloud seeding is and why it may have caused the recent flooding in Dubai. Cloud seeding has been met with concerns about its efficacy and its impact on the environment.