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Civil & Environmental Engineering

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)

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! 


 

Degrees & Certificates

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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.

News

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Jessica Rosewitz and Assoc. Prof. Nima Rahbar Grad Commencement 2016
June 17, 2020

Announcements

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

Paul Mathisen, director of sustainability, spoke with Worcester Magazine about the Green Worcester Plan. The goal of the plan is to make the city more energy sustainable and climate resilient. “A sustainable society really needs to be resilient, in that it can make an efficient recovery from the impact of various weather events,” Mathisen told the magazine.

Steven Van Dessel, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and his students were highlighted in The Telegram & Gazette (scroll down to last graph) for designing the new WWl memorial at Green Hill Park, which was unveiled yesterday.