Letter from the Department Head

Welcome to the website for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State University. We have designed this site to introduce visitors to our world-class faculty and their exceptional research, education, and outreach programs.

There has never been a more exciting time to pursue civil engineering as a career path. Civil engineers imagine, design, construct, manage, maintain, and renew the physical infrastructure of society. These critical activities touch many areas of our daily lives, including buildings and structures, transportation systems, water distribution, environmental protection, and energy production. With growing populations, increasingly scarce resources, and the effects of climate change, society is demanding more from civil engineers every day, and in many respects our future quality of life depends on the ability of civil engineers to meet these challenges.

Established in 1881, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State is internationally recognized for excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement. We offer a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, an undergraduate minor in Environmental Engineering, and M.Eng., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in both Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Our new M.Eng. programs are designed to be completed in 12 months and include focused coursework, whereas the M.S. programs include both coursework and research leading to an M.S. thesis. We currently have more than 400 juniors and seniors at the undergraduate level and more than 100 graduate students. Our students focus their studies in the following technical areas: environmental, geotechnical and materials, structural engineering and mechanics, transportation, and water resources.

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.


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

Pat Fox headshot

Patrick J. Fox, Department Head



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