Why Study Civil & Environmental Engineering
at UW?

The water you drink, the pavement you drive on, the air you breathe—the work of civil and environmental engineers literally surrounds us. As we continue to face mounting environmental and infrastructure challenges on a global scale, civil and environmental engineers of the future will have enormous impact on our communities and around the world.

The students and faculty of the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering work in a collaborative environment, with partnerships across labs and campus, as well as with government and industry partners. Your studies may lead you into environmental science, structural research, hydraulics, soil mechanics, air and water resources or construction and transportation engineering - all a part of tomorrow's infrastructure.

award-winning facultyWork with award winning and supportive faculty
At the core of CEE is a group of top-notch faculty who operate in a collaborative atmosphere with students, other academic departments and industry. Research, curriculum and mentorship is all part of our highest priority, educating tomorrow's leaders in engineering.
Salt Marsh ResearchParticipate in world-class research
From the development of advanced traffic information systems to sustainable construction practices and new concepts in water management, our faculty and students are finding solutions to the engineering challenges of the present and the future.
Engineer with City Model Earn a degree and a career
As one of the leading Civil & Environmental Engineering programs in the United States, companies value our graduates. CEE faculty and researchers work in partnership with local and national industry and government partners on real-world challenges. The senior capstone project places students with an external client to work as an engineering consultant, often resulting in funded projects after graduation.

Meet CEE Students

Rachel Aina
Rachel Aina
BSCE Class of 2011


"Growing up in Nigeria, I had firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing developing countries. Learning about Water and Wastewater treatment from world class professors is just one of the many perks of the CEE department."

Jonah Rankin
Jonah Rankin
BSCE Class of 2011


"After graduation, I plan to travel and then work for a company that I interned with the summer after junior year, building structures over water. I am looking forward to this line of work since the engineering is so challenging."

Lorne Arnold
Lorne Arnold
MSCE Student
BSCE 2010


"CEE has strong ties to the local professional community, and there is a great sense of community and openness within the geotechnical program and throughout the department."

Julie Vano
Julie Vano
PhD Candidate


"The UW CEE Water Resources Program offers me opportunities to actively participate in policy-relevant science and work towards bridging the gap between research and water management communities."

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