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.

Degrees & Certificates

Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD

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.



Fire helmet in lab
WPI’s UL Fire Protection Engineering Performance Lab allows for large scale tests and project based research.
March 26, 2019
Michael and Jena Mazzucco
Michael and Jena Mazzucco
March 22, 2019

Media Coverage

The Worcester Business Journal is the latest to report on research by Kristen Billiar, professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, who hopes to close an important gap in the understanding of physical factors that help regulate the life and death of cells in our bodies, and the important roles they play in the development of a wide range of disorders. Co-principle investigators include Nima Rahbar, associate professor of civil & environmental engineering, and Qi Wen, associate professor of physics.

Worcester Business Journal

Newsday quoted Professor Harold Walker, civil and environmental engineering, in the article, “Water Providers Put Cost for 1,4-Dioxane Treatment Systems at $840M”