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

2018 U.S. News & World Report Undergraduate Program Rankings

  • 8th for Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Program
  • 12th for Civil Engineering Undergraduate Program



CEE News

Safety and Environmental Impacts in Petroleum Industry

PhD student Eilis Rosenbaum, who is advised by Professor Kaushik Dayal, is researching foamed cement, which is used in wells all over the world, with the goal to improve safety practices in petroleum industry wells.

Crossing Borders

Spending time in an unfamiliar country can teach us a lot—about others and ourselves. For CEE students, the opportunities to go abroad are vast, from spring break trips to summer programs to entire semesters. “Wherever they want to go, they can find a way to make it work with their studies,” says CEE Director of Undergraduate Programs Andrea Francioni Rooney.

Building Bridges to Success

Civil Engineering alumnus W. Logan Dickerson always imagined building bridges would be in his future. His father had founded a bridge construction business in 1929, and Dickerson knew from the start that he wanted to earn a degree that allowed him to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Creating a Water Management Plan in Costa Rica

PhD student Chelsea Kolb of Cloquet, Minnesota, recently returned from the city of Santa Cruz, located in the northern region of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. She spent 10 months in the region working alongside a hydrologist to study water quality and aquifer levels along the coastline.

Berges named ASCE- Pittsburgh Section Professor of the Year

Professor Mario Berges was recognized for his outstanding research, work in the classroom as well as a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students.

Rethinking the Rink: Sophomore Designs Safer Hockey Rink for Penguins

To create a safer sporting environment for ice hockey players, 22 students from Carnegie Mellon University, including CEE Sophomore Sally Chen, were asked to create improved dasher board systems that minimize player injury during impact. The week-long Maker Space Rethink the Rink challenge took place in partnership with The Pittsburgh Penguins and Covestro, a world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials.