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WPI competes in the Solar Decatholon

WPI was the lead university as part of the Oculus Team that competed in the Solar Decathlon Africa 2019 competition in Morocco. Learn more.

Cold Hot Study

Not too hot, not too cold: WPI researchers awarded grant to find just the right classroom environment for learning. Learn More 

Research being done through experiential learning

Environmental quality could affect your driving performance. Learn More.

Model of Shanghai, China, in the Museum of Urban Planning Exhibition Center

Model of Shanghai, in the Museum of Urban Planning Exhibition Center in Shanghai. The world’s population will become increasingly urban this century, accentuating civil engineering challenges in a changing climate.

Teamwork is our greatest asset

Students, faculty and collaborators working together on the Solar Decathlon Africa project in 2019. Learn more.

WPI staff posing at the Panama Canal

WPI students, faculty, and President Leshin touring the Third Set of Locks expansion project in Panama, which has doubled the shipping capacity of the Panama Canal and incorporates many sustainable features.

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; 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!

Degrees & Certificates

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship
December 15, 2021
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
November 17, 2021

Media Coverage

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.

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.

Meet Our Students

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Erin Bryan ’23

MS, Community Climate Adaptation

A conversation with Professor Sarah Strauss helped Erin combine her academic and personal interests in climate change into a meaningful degree path.

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Hannah Schulz '21

BS, Civil Engineering and Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Hannah has taken advantage of all the opportunities WPI has to offer, from volunteering and extracurriculars to project work.

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.