Climate Change Creates Complications for Concrete

Pitt Researchers Examine Effect of Sharp Air Temperature Variations on Concrete

The virtual water impact of the US beef network

Pitt researchers develop a framework to understand water use in beef supply chains from production to consumption

Model Research

Pitt uses drone to create 3D model of new Fern Hollow Bridge construction

Taking CyberWater one step further to solve the climate crisis

Pitt researchers receive more than $1.8 million NSF funding to improve their original cyberinfrastructure software system

Road Bed as Test Bed

Pitt, Pa. Turnpike team up to make Mon-Fayette Expressway a test bed for innovative construction

Gut in a Capsule - The Microbiome as Medicine

Pitt Chemical Engineer Tagbo Niepa Receives $2M from the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award for Work Manipulating the Human Microbiome

Forging a Path Toward Safe Geothermal Energy

Pitt Engineers Receive $1.26M to Collaborate with National Labs to Unlock Vast Geothermal Energy Resources

Relentlessly Paying it Forward

David V.P. Sanchez, CEE Assistant Professor, Honored with Two Top Engineering Education Awards

A "Wicked" Challenge

Building a Better Blood Bank—in Kenya

A Sustainable Solution for Oil and Gas Wastewater

Pitt Engineers Develop Method that Can Recycle Water Used in Fracking and Drilling

How a Knee Replacement Impacts the Planet

New Research, co-authored by the late Dr. Freddie Fu, Reviews the Environmental Impacts of Orthopedic Surgery

Turning Non-Conventional Into Non-Negotiable

18th Annual Non-Conventional Materials Conference Set to Explore Ecological Construction Technology for the 21st Century

Pitt CivilE Graduate Receives GEM Fellowship

Aron Griffin (BSCE ‘22) will pursue work with Meta and CMU

Taking Inventory of a Sustainable Campus

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Shows Pitt’s Progress Toward Carbon Neutrality

Reshaping the Plastic Lifecycle Into a Circle

360 million metric tonnes of new plastic was produced in 2018. Here’s where it all went, and why the world must transform plastic use from linear to circular.

Covestro LLC and University of Pittsburgh collaborate to establish groundbreaking Circular Economy Program

Collaboration will establish unique circular design curriculum for graduate and PhD students in the U.S.

Sustainable Agriculture from the Bottom Up

Pitt Researchers Receive $1.7MM to Rebalance the Nitrogen Cycle

Future-Proofing Infrastructure, Sustainably

Melissa Bilec Joins $2MM NSF-funded Project to Design Climate-Adaptive Infrastructure

Pitt’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation names Melissa Bilec as new Co-Director

Eric Beckman, founding co-director, to continue focus on innovation and translation programs

Visualizing Our City's Energy Use

Pitt Civil Engineers Use Pittsburgh to Create Energy Usage Model in Commercial Buildings

Eco-Village Seeks to Recirculate Pittsburgh’s Waste

Engineering undergrads hope to make Pittsburgh more sustainable through a community circular economy that optimizes waste management

Are Silver Nanoparticles a Silver Bullet Against Microbes?

Leanne Gilbertson’s group studies the mechanisms behind bacterial resistance to silver nanoparticles to determine if their ubiquitous use is a solution to the antimicrobial resistance challenge - or instead fueling the fire

Creating Cooler Cities

Pitt Civil Engineers Examine Urban Cooling Strategies Using Reflective Surfaces

Capturing the Huge Impacts of Tiny Organisms

Pitt Chemical Engineer Receives $315K from NSF to Replicate Microbial Systems

Self-Aware Materials for Living Structures

New Research in Nano Energy Introduces Revolutionary Scalable Material that Senses and Powers Itself

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

The University of Pittsburgh is proud of its history and tradition in civil and environmental engineering education, reinforced by a faculty who are dedicated to their students. The curriculum prepares students to tackle today’s most eminent engineering, environmental and societal challenges.

Undergraduate and graduate students (M.S. and PhD) have the opportunity to study and conduct research in a diverse range of areas including structures, geotechnical and pavements, water resources, transportation, mining, environmental, water resources, sustainability and green design, and construction management. Graduates have become leaders in our profession, serving with government, private consulting firms and contractors as well as research in private industry and academic institutions.

The undergraduate curriculum culminates in a capstone design project which enables students to put into practice what they learned in the classroom, and offers a direct connection to local civil and environmental engineering professionals who consult with students throughout the semester.

The department employs world-class faculty and offers access to first-rate educational and research facilities and partnerships with industry. These provide the necessary edge for graduates to discover and pursue satisfying careers that have profound impact on current and future challenges for society. 

Please enjoy exploring and learning about our department. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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