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

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

 NOT TOO HOT, NOT TOO COLD: WPI RESEARCHERS AWARDED GRANT TO FIND JUST THE RIGHT CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT FOR LEARNING

NOT TOO HOT, NOT TOO COLD: WPI RESEARCHERS AWARDED GRANT TO FIND JUST THE RIGHT CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT FOR LEARNING LEARN MORE 

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 and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at WPI empowers students to become global stewards of the planet and work toward a better, sustainable tomorrow. CEE’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.


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A model in the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center (photo C. Eggleston, 2019) alt
A model in the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center (photo C. Eggleston, 2019)

We spend 93% of our time in buildings or vehicles, and only 7% outdoors!  The scope of the built environment touches all of us more than other engineered aspects of our lives, the more so for climate change, energy transition, infrastructure renewal, and energy transition. Join us - the built environment needs our best engineers! 


 

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Students Taking Big Strides to Improve Water Conservation

In honor of World Water Day, several civil and environmental engineering students share how they are making the world better by creating solutions to protect our most critical natural resource. Read more.

Announcements

May 06, 2021
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
April 20, 2021
Corporate & Professional Education
February 04, 2021
Global Projects Program, Great Problems Seminar, Project-based Learning, Global Experience Office, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Integrative & Global Studies
November 30, 2020
City of Worcester, Architectural Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering
October 01, 2020
School of Arts & Sciences
September 26, 2017
School of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering
March 30, 2017
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Media Coverage

Sarah Strauss, professor of integrative and global studies, and Jeanine Dudle, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, discuss the university’s new graduate program in Community Climate Adaptation. “We wanted to use our existing infrastructure and extend this at the master’s level to create an interdisciplinary program with a specific goal of helping communities adapt to the impacts of climate change,” Strauss said.

Boston 25 (Fox) News interviewed Shichao Liu, assistant professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, (18:24:31 mark) for a report on energy saving homes. “If you think about energy consumption reduction in the future to save the planet, then we have to look at the consumption by buildings. Using passive house standards, we can significantly reduce energy consumption by buildings.”