Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Civil and Environmental Engineering department have 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.

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 the Environmental Engineering Graduate Program
  • 9th for the 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

About Us

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is part of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

We offer a number of programs and areas of study that are consistently ranked among the top programs nationally.

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Integrated BS/MS
  • Master of Science
  • Joint and Dual Degree Programs
  • Ph.D.

We enjoy a very collegial and supportive community in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Our faculty and staff are highly approachable and student-centered and our students are active contributors to their learning and that of their fellow classmates. Our students have a broad range of interests and represent a diversity of countries and cultures.

Vision Statement

The department vision is to continue to achieve national and international recognition through innovation in civil and environmental engineering education and research, and through the impact of our research and alumni in three focus areas: advanced infrastructure systems; environmental engineering, sustainability, and science; and mechanics, materials and computing. Our vision includes our department being a collegial, collaborative and welcoming environment in which to learn and work.

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Mission Statement

  • To create, disseminate and integrate the knowledge of engineering, science, and technology that expands the civil and environmental engineering knowledge base, which in turn enables the betterment of human society;
  • To develop and transfer innovative applications of engineering, science, and technology to improve civil and environmental engineering practice;
  • To be highly effective leaders in the conduct of interdisciplinary research and the development of innovative approaches to solving civil and environmental engineering problems;
  • To attract and welcome undergraduate students to our Bachelor of Science program in Civil Engineering, and to graduate them as problem solvers who use relevant engineering approaches to develop innovative solutions, who become leaders in their organizations, and who possess the knowledge and skills required for a wide range of careers, career challenges, and lifelong learning;
  • To attract and welcome graduate students into the advanced study and to graduate Master of Science and Doctoral students who possess depth in their chosen focus area and are highly respected for their academic strengths, flexibility, and leadership;
  • To maintain an intellectually challenging and collaborative environment which is supportive and welcoming, and that enables and encourages our students, faculty, and staff to achieve their best in a diverse community.
  • To attract and welcome undergraduate students to our Bachelor of Science program in Civil Engineering, and to graduate them as problem solvers who use relevant engineering approaches to develop innovative solutions, who become leaders in their organizations, and who possess the knowledge and skills required for a wide range of careers, career challenges, and lifelong learning;
  • To attract and welcome graduate students into the advanced study and to graduate Master of Science and Doctoral students who possess depth in their chosen focus area and are highly respected for their academic strengths, flexibility, and leadership;
  • To maintain an intellectually challenging and collaborative environment which is supportive and welcoming, and that enables and encourages our students, faculty, and staff to achieve their best in a diverse community.

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Statement of Values

Our People Are Our Core Strength

  • Our primary strength lies in our students, faculty, and staff.

Excellence

  • Excellence is our goal in all our endeavors.

Integrity

  • Engineering research, education, and practice all demand the highest moral and ethical standards.

Respect for All

  • Respect for all encourages our community to enjoy a diversity of opinion, intellectual perspective, and cultural heritage.

Collegiality

  • A collegial, collaborative and welcoming environment is vital to our success.

Interdisciplinarity

  • Our strong support for interdisciplinary education and research enhances our achievements, contributions to civil and environmental engineering, and our collegial environment.

Innovation

  • Our history and culture of innovation in civil and environmental engineering education and research is an important foundation for our contributions to the field.

Continuous Improvement

  • Continuous improvement and innovation are essential to accomplish our goals.

Engagement in Community

  • Engagement with the campus, public, and professional communities is important to our strength and vitality.

Facts & Rankings

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as the College of Engineering and the University, consistently rank among to nation’s best in US News and World Report analysis.

Graduate Programs (2019)
  • Top Engineering Program: College of Engineering (#5)
  • Engineering Specialties: Environmental Engineering (#8)
  • Engineering Specialties: Civil Engineering (#10)
Undergraduate Programs (2019)
  • Top Engineering Program: College of Engineering (#6)
  • Engineering Specialties: Environmental Engineering (#7)
  • Engineering Specialties: Civil Engineering (#12)
Faculty
  • 23 Full-Time Faculty (Tenure Track, Research and Teaching Faculty)
  • 5 Professors inducted into the National Academy of Engineering
Students
  • Undergraduate degree students
  • Masters degree students
  • Ph.D. degree students
Programs taught in:
  • English

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Our department offers a unique interdisciplinary graduate program that enables you to develop imaginative solutions to real-world engineering problems.

Our students have access to cutting-edge research and technology, high achieving, energetic and approachable faculty members, and an innovative and flexible curriculum, we consistently rank among the top engineering programs by US News and World Report.

Discover why our program should be your first choice. This is your opportunity to be part of an exceptional engineering program.

Focus Areas

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August 2019
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