Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As one of the top-ranked programs nationally and internationally, we are proud to offer research and educational programs in civil engineering, environmental engineeringgeological engineering, and environmental chemistry and technology. We have over 550 undergraduate and 170 graduate students currently enrolled in our department and more than 7,000 alumni worldwide. Our distinguished faculty are leading innovative research that impacts water resources, energy systems, roads and bridges, infrastructure and more around the world. Our mission is to transform society through the creation, application, and transfer of engineering knowledge. As a result, we continuously strive to implement new and innovative methods to educate and inspire our students to become future leaders on professional, community, state, nation, and world levels.

Mission and Values

To create, integrate, and transfer civil, environmental, and geological engineering knowledge and practice in the development of professionals, leaders, and citizens that define and serve societal and environmental needs by applying this knowledge and practice in an effective, safe, and sustainable manner.

To be recognized as a global academic leader in scholarship and learning by our peers and stakeholders, with recognized excellence and international leadership in the themes of mobility, water, and building, with integrated cross-cutting areas of energy, infrastructure, and the environment.

The Servant Leadership Chair at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, CEE professor Greg Harrington, works to develop a culture of leadership in the Badger engineering student community. Students are encouraged and supported in the exploration and development of servant leadership skills through a variety of programs and courses. Both the Chair and related programs are made possible through the support of the Pieper Family Foundation.

Click here to learn more about servant leadership development within the College of Engineering.

A Message from Bill Likos, Department Chair

I am very pleased and honored to introduce myself as the 15th chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I have been a faculty member in our department since 2012 and previously served as director of the Geological Engineering Program. My background is in geotechnical engineering, with an emphasis in geohazards and geoenvironmental engineering.

It is an exceptionally exciting time for our department. We have energetic faculty,  state-of-the-art new facilities, engaged alumni and outstanding students who continue to make us proud. We are innovating and excelling in our educational mission, most notably in our award-winning senior capstone experience, which remains a model program nationwide.

Our research enterprise is as strong as ever and is having a direct and real impact on emerging challenges in mobility, water, construction, energy, infrastructure and the environment. Our long-awaited new structures lab is now a prominent jewel on the corner of Engineering Hall. The energy and enthusiasm of our many new faculty members is simply contagious.

My aim as chair is to continue to lead our department by growing our number of students and faculty, promoting excellence in our education, research and service missions, engaging our alumni, and fostering a safe, diverse and fun working environment. I’m very excited for our future.

My door is always open, so stop by if you are in Madison or give me a call. I’d love to tell you about all the great things we are up to here.


William J. Likos