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Research Areas

Civil and environmental engineers at Penn State are trained to solve the design, construction, and maintenance concerns of the natural and physically built environment. We deal with public works including highways, railroads, bridges, buildings, and water and energy systems. We seek to tackle some of the major problems facing engineering today and lead the industry in research discoveries and design innovations. We work in a variety of fields to develop solutions for challenges in design, construction, research, and education. 

Our students are given a variety of customized research areas to choose from including:

Environmental Engineering

Geotechnical and Materials Engineering

Structural Engineering and Mechanics

Transportation Engineering

Water Resources Engineering



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