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Department Civil & Environmental Engineering

Mohan Qin and Haoran Wei work with Ziyan Wu (fore) as she pours water for testing

Effective, safe, sustainable engineering

From the roads we drive on to the water we drink, civil and environmental engineers play an essential and transformational role in society. Our mission is to change the world through the creation, application and transfer of civil, environmental and geological engineering knowledge.

Aging infrastructure. Climate change. Clean water and air. Natural hazards. Energy. These are just a few of the grand challenges facing civil and environmental engineers, and UW-Madison is leading the way toward sustainable solutions.

At a glance

Civil and environmental engineering department

Professors of practice who mentor our students
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Undergraduates placed in a job or post-graduate studies within a year of graduation
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Olivia Fritz

From student to startup co-founder: Olivia Fritz sets sights on sustainability engineering

An interest in sustainability, a passion for the environment, and the promise of a free Qdoba dinner sparked a unique and non-traditional career path for Olivia Fritz, BSCEE ’13. “Kohler…

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Elyse Miramontes
“The CEE department has provided me with a strong foundation in engineering principles while also pushing me to grow personally and professionally. I have been presented with several opportunities to apply the knowledge I gain in class to real world situations in construction.”
Elyse Miramontes
BSCE ‘24
Faculty members serving ice-cream at social event

Meet the faculty

Our distinguished faculty are leading innovative research that impacts earth, air and water resources; energy systems; infrastructure and more around the world.