Carnegie Mellon University

The Civil and Environmental Engineering department has established research strengths in a number of areas to address the challenges of the 21st century, including:

  • sustainable, intelligent infrastructure systems,
  • water and air quality science and engineering,
  • resilient engineering materials, and
  • environmentally sustainable, or green, engineering practices.

Our research is organized into three major focus areas: Advanced Infrastructure Systems, Environmental Engineering, Sustainability, and Science, and Mechanics, Materials, and Computing.

Academic Programs

We maintain a commitment to excellence in education, research, and professional service while advancing the engineering science fundamentals of the civil and environmental engineering disciplines.

Research at CEE

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Advanced Infrastructure Systems (AIS)

Application and exploration of emerging Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), infrastructure systems and associated processes, such as planning, design, construction, facility/infrastructure management, and environmental monitoring.

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Environmental Engineering, Sustainability and Science (EESS)

Interdisciplinary inquiry that spans engineering, science, social sciences, and policy which aims to provide skills, analysis tools, and technologies to meet environmental stewardship and sustainability challenges of the 21st Century.

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Mechanics, Materials and Computing (MMC)

Research that focuses on the scientific understanding and practical application of the emergent complex behavior of materials.

US News and World Report Program Rankings

We are proud of how our civil engineering and environmental engineering programs rank as a top engineering program by US News and World Report.

2019 U.S. News & World Report Graduate Program Rankings

  • 8th for Environmental Engineering Graduate Program
  • 10th for Civil Engineering Graduate Program

2019 U.S. News & World Report Undergraduate Program Rankings

  • 7th for Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Program
  • 12th for Civil Engineering Undergraduate Program



CEE News

Department of Education Funds Prestigious Fellowship Program in CEE

This fall, the Department of Education recognized this expertise by awarding CEE with funding for the highly prestigious and competitive Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowship program. The GAANN fellowship will provide a cohort of six PhD students in the Advanced Infrastructure System (AIS) PhD program with full tuition and a yearly stipend while they research innovative ways to modernize US transportation and water infrastructure.

Redesigning the Environmental Engineering Research Space

To better accommodate today’s and tomorrow’s research—and the equipment it requires—the Environmental Engineering Labs are undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation, with construction starting in January 2019 and the new labs opening in August 2019.

Alum Turns Battery Acid into Fertilizer – While Exceeding EPA Standards

When John (Jack) Richardson, P.E. (BS ’87) is currently working on a project to convert industrial battery acid into fertilizer, an initiative born out of the EPA’s industry mandates to reduce emissions.

Powerful Collaborations

A look at how CEE faculty continues to innovate the use of field robotics in civil and environmental engineering in their research.

Hancherick Returns to Campus as Project Engineer for ANSYS Hall

Carly Hancherick (CEE '14), is bringing her unique perspective to the project thanks to her familiarity with the school and campus. She’s working as the project engineer for the construction management team, Mosites Construction.

Internship: Restoring the George Summer Internship—Ensuring Safety and Adding Appeal

CEE/EPP undergraduate Joseph Iacobellis is spending his summer working on “Restoring the George,” an initiative of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to maintain the structural health of the George Washington Bridge.