Carnegie Mellon University

Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon

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

Artist rendering of construction site

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.

waterfront view with wind turbines

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.

Modeling of a stress field of pileup of dislocation

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.

2018 U.S. News & World Report Graduate School Rankings

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

2017 U.S. News & World Report Undergraduate Program Rankings

  • 9th for Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Degree
  • 11th for Civil Engineering Undergraduate Degree