Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. We are one of the top-ranked programs nationally and internationally and offer research and educational programs in civil and environmental engineering, geological engineering, and environmental chemistry and technology. We have over 600 undergraduate and 150 graduate students. Our distinguished faculty are doing innovative research that is impacting drinking water, energy systems, roads and bridges, infrastructure and more all over the world. It is our mission to transform society through the creation, application and transfer of engineering knowledge. Our faculty continue to implement new and innovative methods to educate and inspire our students and create future leaders in our profession, community, state, nation, and world.
The U.S. Department of Transportation designated Wisconsin as 1 of only 10 AV Proving Grounds in the nation. Researchers within the College of Engineering are committed to the safe and rapid advancement of automated vehicles and will assess the benefits, technical aspects, and risks of AV, as well as collaborate on policy issues with government.
In the fall 2017 semester, a team of professors including UW–Madison’s Steven Loheide offered a course menu of highly specialized hydrology topics to a remote audience of 45 graduate students at six institutions, using a new virtual university format.
Our faculty members are leading a number of large research projects that are poised to have significant impacts. In January 2017, a partnership including UW-Madison engineers was named one of 10 proving grounds for driverless cars and trucks by the U.S. Department of Transportation, underscoring the expertise of UW-Madison engineers in researching various aspects of autonomous and connected vehicle technology.
Greeshma Gradikota, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and faculty fellow of the Grainger Institute for Engineering, studies the materials we use to produce energy and consumer goods in order to close elemental loops with more sustainable chemical reactions.
Bu Wang, CEE Assistant Professor and Grainger Institute for Engineering Fellow, is studying materials for a safer, more sustainable world.
The department offers several academic degree programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering
- Master of Science or PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering– Accelerated Option
- Master of Science or PhD in Geological Engineering
- Master of Science or PhD in Environmental Chemistry and Technology
- Online Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering
Research and Initiatives
CEE faculty and students engage in research in several focus areas under our three primary themes of Mobility, Water, and Building with cross-cutting areas of Infrastructure, Energy, and the Environment.
AEESP Distinguished Speaker, Dr. Pedro Alvarez will be giving his lecture, “Nanotechnology-enabled water treatment: A vision to enable decentralized water treatment and address growing challenges of the water energy nexus,” on Wednesday, April 4 at 4:00 in the Tong Auditorium, room 1003 Engineering Centers Building. A student poster session will follow from 5:00-7:00 in the Engineering Centers Building lobby.
Students interested in submitting a poster should submit a 100-200 word abstract to Andrea Hicks by March 1 for consideration.
The UW-Madison Construction Club Banquet was created to honor distinguished individuals who have left their mark on the construction and engineering fields. The honorees are chosen by UW-Madison professors and students, as well as, leaders within the industry. The banquet not only recognizes select individuals, but also gives students and industry the opportunity to meet and exchange conversation, experience, and knowledge.
Check out the Construction Club’s website to register as either a student or company. Students must also submit their resume for the resume booklet that is given to each one of the employers attending the banquet.
To congratulate our May graduates on completing their degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, and Environmental Chemistry and Technology, we’ll be holding a celebratory reception the afternoon of commencement, Saturday, May 12. Contact Beth Johnson for more information.
Save the date for the 22nd Annual CEE Golf Outing, Friday, September 14, 2018! Be part of a CEE tradition and join us for CEE Golf Outing at Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton, WI. Gather with alumni, industry colleagues, faculty, staff, and students for a day of fun and fundraising.
There are many ways to participate- as a golfer, sponsor, or join us for the after-party. Every contribution help us strengthen the educational experience of our students and help our students and faculty reach new levels of success!
Details and registration coming soon for 2018: Click here for more information.
Save the date for Engineers’ Day 2018 on Friday, October 19. More information coming soon!