Letter from the Department Head

Welcome to the website for the Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). Established in 1881, the department is internationally recognized for excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement.

Despite the difficulty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, last year was a great success for the department, proudly celebrating its 140th year of excellence at Penn State. Among our many significant advancements this year, we hired an outstanding new faculty member, Xianbiao “XB” Hu, in our transportation engineering research area. Hu has expertise in smart mobility systems, including autonomous and electric vehicles. In addition, there are five more faculty searches currently ongoing in the areas of construction engineering, geotechnical and materials engineering, structural engineering and mechanics, and water resources engineering. Our Undergraduate Program Committee is completing a multi-year effort to modernize the undergraduate curriculum to better serve both students and faculty. At the graduate level, we are working with Penn State World Campus to create several new online master’s degree programs, making an advanced Penn State CEE degree available to distance learners. Many new research grants were received by our faculty, particularly from the National Science Foundation, and the Larson Transportation Institute continues to conduct outstanding research on transportation infrastructure and integrated asset management though our University Transportation Center.

Additionally, the department is excited to announce the near completion of a fundraising campaign for a $3 million endowment to reestablish and permanently support a program in construction engineering and management (CEM). We’ve made great progress with over $2.4 million raised, including a large gift from The Beavers Charitable Trust and Allan Myers, Inc., and commitments from thirteen other construction companies as program stakeholders. The new CEM program is scheduled to launch in fall 2022, and the faculty search mentioned above is currently underway. The first meeting of the stakeholders as the inaugural CEM Advisory Board was held in May 2021. This program will be a true university-industry partnership and will strongly contribute to the impact of our department.

Thank you for your interest in our department. This website provides detailed information about our programs, people, facilities, and research activities. Please contact us if you would like additional information or to arrange for a campus visit. We also encourage you to read our latest annual report to learn more about the latest advances in the department.


Patrick J. Fox, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE
Department Head
John A. and Harriette K. Shaw Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Patrick J. Fox, Department Head

2021 CEE annual report

2021 CEE Annual Report



The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

212 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-1408

Phone: 814-863-3084