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.

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Gifts at all levels are needed and appreciated from alumni and friends.

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.

2020 U.S. News & World Report Graduate Program Rankings

  • 7th for Environmental Engineering Graduate Program
  • 9th for Civil Engineering Graduate Program

2020 U.S. News & World Report Undergraduate Program Rankings

  • 9th for Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Program
  • 12th for Civil Engineering Undergraduate Program



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