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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

$28M

external research funding (2019-21)

14

young investigator awards

3

federally funded research centers

45

tenured/tenure-track and affiliated 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

Exploring the Dangers of Microplastics

MES/CEE Assistant Professor Samuel Munoz and MES/COS/CEE Professor Aron Stubbins are exploring how microplastics are accumulating in areas such as floodplains. Microplastics are everywhere, but their dangers largely remain a mystery, experts say Main photo: Samuel Munoz, Northeastern professor of marine and environmental sciences and civil and environmental engineering. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University They […]

Hajjar Leading NOWRDC Hurricane Resiliency Project

CEE Chair & CDM Smith Professor Jerome Hajjar is leading a multi-university $650K grant from the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium for “Ensuring Long-Term Availability and Bankability of Offshore Wind Through Hurricane Risk Assessment and Mitigation.”

Andrew Myers, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern received a $1.7 million grant by Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's (MassCEC) Catalyst and InnovateMass programs, which will support the develop of an innovative floating wind turbine.

CEE Spinout Wins Accelerator Grant to Continue Wind Energy Research

CEE Associate Professor Andrew Myers, an expert in structural engineering, and Senior Research Engineer Jim Papadopoulos, an expert in structural/mechanical design, recently founded a startup company developing novel offshore wind energy solutions spun out from research conducted at Northeastern University. Now, their startup T-Omega Wind has received a new grant to continue development.

Modeling Data from Hurricane Impacts to Natural and Hybrid Infrastructure

CEE/MES Qin Jim Chen, in collaboration with Navid Jafari from Louisiana State University, is leading a $765k NSF grant for “Integrated Numerical Modeling and Field Observations of Hurricane Impacts to Natural and Hybrid Infrastructure.”