Industry Dive spoke with Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering Associate Professor Nima Rahbar and Chemistry & Biochemistry Professor Suzanne Scarlata about their work to create an enzymatic construction material, which could be a sustainable alternative to concrete. The material removes carbon dioxide from the air during its formation and self-healing process.
For the period 2016-2026, Civil Engineers are #1 in U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for new jobs and total employment in engineering.
Civil Engineering and its subfields are 5 of the top 6 jobs in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report listing of “Best Engineering Jobs”
Civil Engineering is #5 in Kiplinger’s listing of top 25 majors overall in the U.S. for most lucrative careers, and our subfields are also in the top 25.
The Department of Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering (CEAE) at WPI empowers students to become global stewards of the planet and work toward a better, sustainable tomorrow. CEAE’s flexible, project-based curriculum lets students explore multiple disciplines, emphasizing civic responsibility and leadership.
Working with our world-class faculty and using WPI’s state-of-the-art facilities, our students conduct research with global implications in areas like structural design, construction, infrastructure, health monitoring, sustainability, water resources, and pollution prevention and remediation. This important work moves outside our walls to Project Centers in Panama City and with Stantec Inc. as students address real-world civil engineering problems, such as maintaining sustainable infrastructure and protecting the earth’s resources.
We spend 93% of our time in buildings or vehicles, and only 7% outdoors! The built environment touches all of us more than other engineered aspects of our lives, the more so for climate change, infrastructure renewal, and energy transition. Join us - the built environment needs our best engineers!
Anthropocene Magazine reported on the collaboration between Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering Associate Professor Nima Rahbar and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Suzanne Scarlata to produce a negative-emission construction material that absorbs CO2 and self-heals.
Alumni Success Story
Kristophe Zephyrin '21
Even as a child, Zephyrin had grand ambitions to save the world and improve the human condition, starting with a dream of creating urban green spaces in his hometown of Houston, Texas.