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Department Civil & Environmental Engineering

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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

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Professors of practice who mentor our students
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civil engineering undergraduate ranking among public universities
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environmental engineering undergraduate ranking among public universities
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civil engineering graduate ranking among public universities
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environmental engineering graduate ranking among public universities
We’re searching for a mid-career faculty member at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with expertise in connected, automated, and electric transportation systems.

Civil and environmental engineering news

Our research is making a global impact, especially in mobility, water and building, and energy, infrastructure and environmental considerations thread through everything we do.
Lucas Adrian
“The professors of the CEE Department that have shared their passion for civil engineering with me has made a huge impact. I never thought I would find such a passion and a love for the classes that I am taking and the field I am entering. Their passion is contagious.”
Lucas Adrian
BSCE ‘22
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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.