Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office: 2100 E. Engineering Building; 313-577-3789
Chairperson: William Shuster

Civil and environmental engineers apply the principles and techniques of engineering to the analysis, design, and integration of complex infrastructure and environmental systems. They have traditionally been leaders in many aspects of urban development, and aid in addressing uniquely urban issues associated with providing critical services to residents. We respond to crises like ageing infrastructure, and how to sustain critical services without undue pressure on the environment at large. The civil and environmental engineer is trained to be a leader in such diverse areas as:

  • the design and control of structural systems, including tall buildings, bridges and transportation systems necessary for urban development and redevelopment, demolition, commerce and industry;
  • water resources planning and management;
  • fate, transport, and remediation of contaminants in water, soil resources;
  • design of collection and treatment systems for sanitary sewage and stormwater management;
  • integrated waste management;
  • drinking water treatment and distribution systems;
  • construction engineering and management; and
  • the integration and management of public works projects designed to improve equity and availability in municipal services.

In these ways, the responsibilities of the civil and environmental engineer directly involve sustaining the health, safety and welfare of the public.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department maintains laboratories for teaching and research with facilities for testing structural components under static and dynamic loads; strain measurement; transportation network sensing and assessment, traffic simulation; environmental microbiological, biogeochemical characterization; air quality sampling and characterization; and hydraulic, hydrologic assessments. The Department and the University maintain excellent computer facilities for data acquisition and analysis.