Our mission in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State is to educate future engineers through solid science and engineering principles. We seek to identify engineering challenges, create pioneering solutions, and lead the industry with our research discoveries and design innovations. With eight research facilities and six research centers and units, we tackle some of the major problems facing engineering today, challenging existing knowledge in an effort to advance the fields of civil and environmental engineering. We offer a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs focusing on environmental engineering, geotechnical and materials, structures, transportation, and water resources.
Environmental Engineering focuses on the treatment of water, air, soil, solid and hazardous wastes, and the production of renewable energy.
Geotechnical and Materials Engineering includes the characterization and improvement of civil engineering materials and soils, foundation engineering, geotechnical design and modeling, materials testing and development, pavement design and asset management, and design of sustainable infrastructure.
Structural Engineering deals with the design or rehabilitation of large public structures, such as bridges, dams, or buildings.
Transportation Engineering considers the engineering aspects of highways and streets, air transport, fixed guide way systems (e.g., railroad, monorail, or maglev), and ports and waterways.
Water Resources Engineering includes the areas of hydrology, water resource management, eco-hydraulics and fluid mechanics.