Celebrating 150 Years of UW-Madison Civil Engineering

Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Join us as we celebrate 150 years of engineering excellence in 2020! Throughout the year, we will be highlighting significant achievements and milestones of the CEE Badger Engineering community. From founding faculty to groundbreaking research and distinguished alumni, we’ll look back at the people and moments that have brought the Wisconsin Idea to life and illustrated what it means to be a Badger Engineer. And with an eye on the future, we’ll explore growth within the CEE department and how hands-on educational experiences are preparing our students to overcome new engineering challenges.

So how can you get involved?

As a member of the CEE community, we want to hear your story. Tell us about your time on campus and the memories you cherish for a chance to win a CEE gift! 

Save the date—reconnect with the CEE Department and network with the community during these upcoming events:

24th Annual CEE Golf Outing (September 11, 2020) – Hit the links at Pleasant View Golf course for a day of networking and fun with CEE alumni and industry partners! This event helps us raise important funds to strengthen the CEE student experience through hands-on education. Click here to register and explore sponsorship opportunities.

UW-Madison CEE/GLE Alumni Gathering (TBD) – Celebrate 150 years of engineering excellence with CEE and GLE Badger alumni! Meet department chair Bill Likos, enjoy a tour Engineering Hall and new facilities as you network with fellow alumni. Specific dates and times are currently being explored and an announcement will be made when in-person events resume. Click here to join our reunion email community and stay up-to-date with the latest information.

Engineers’ Day Luncheon (October 30, 2020) – Join us as we honor distinguished members of the CEE Badger Engineering community and their accomplishments during a luncheon at Blackhawk Country Club. Additional information and a link to register will be available in August. Contact Amanda Thuss with questions or to have your name added to our Engineers’ Day email list.

As one of the top-ranked programs nationally and internationally, we are proud to offer research and educational programs in civil and 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.

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 have served as director of the Geological Engineering Program for the past four years. 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