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.

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

Center for Air, Climate, and Energy Solutions

Founded in 2016 with $10 million in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CACES is a five-year collaborative research center at Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on the impacts of air pollution, technology, climate change, and related policies on local air quality and health. Within Carnegie Mellon alone, the students and faculty in CACES represent six departments, including CEE, and over a dozen faculty from outside institutions are involved.

Calculating Behavior: CEE Student Builds Mathematical Models to Inform Material Design

Designing new materials is a complicated business, explains Chiqun Zhang. He would know—he’s spent most of the last five years studying material defects, modeling, and behavior at Carnegie Mellon, earning both a master’s degree and a PhD in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, as well as a second master’s degree in computer science.

Driven to Succeed: CEE Alum Excels in Construction Management for Tesla Motors Gigafactory

When CEE alum Sophie Grodsinsky joined Tesla Motors as a Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Construction Engineer in 2016, she’d never worked a day in construction in her life but credits the interdisciplinary nature of CMU’s curriculum as preparing her to work with colleagues across such a wide variety of fields.

CEE Alum Paul Murphy Oversees Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm

As Vice President of Operations and Engineering at Deepwater Wind, CEE alum Paul Murphy has a job unlike any other in the United States.

Honoring The Breaks They Were Given

Henry Posner III, Anne Molloy and Bob and Chris Pietrandrea have immortalized a 30-year friendship with an endowed professorship.

Undergraduate Research: Being Part of a Team

Jonathan Ying joins CEE/EPP Professor Meagan Mauter's research team to develop models and tools to allow steam power plants to evaluate the options for complying with ELG guidelines.