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Welcome to CEE

At the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, we are constantly exploring new ways of advancing engineering science for the betterment of humanity.  Our faculty is comprised of experts in their fields, who through their excellence in teaching and innovative research, inspire us to push the limits of imagination.  Our students are among the brightest and hardest-working, and are not afraid to take intellectual risks in the hopes of making new discoveries that will build a better future.  Our knowledgeable staff is committed to providing quality technical and administrative support, while always striving to improve our School’s programs, facilities, and resources.  It should therefore come as no surprise that our programs are among the top-ranked in the country.

In this website, you will find information about our programs and learn about our cutting edge research, which are focused on three main concentrations of study: Civil Infrastructure, Environment, and Engineering Systems & Management.  You will see how our faculty, students, and alumni are helping to improve the quality of life here and around the world.  You will have a chance to meet our faculty and read about our students’ experiences.  There is an abundance of information here and we hope that it will offer you a comprehensive view of our School.

Thank you for visiting our website, and we look forward to the opportunity, one day, to welcoming you in person.

Upcoming Events:

Calling All Engineering Undergraduates!

Are you still deciding on your affiliation? Ever wonder what a civil or environmental engineer does? Come to the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Open House and find out!

Tour our exciting labs.  Talk with our engaging professors. Learn about exciting career opportunities. We will have cool lab demos. And lunch is on us.

Tuesday, August 21st
We will begin in 166, McManus Lounge, Hollister Hall.


10AM: Tour of labs and lab demos 

12PM: Lunch Time Meet & Greet 

Talk with our current students and professors over lunch!

R.S.V.P. is encouraged. Email Nadine Porter:


Call for Code Hackathon:
August 30-September 1

2017 was one of the worst years on record for natural disasters and while weather events may be inevitable they don’t have to become so catastrophic. 2.5 billion people have been directly affected since 2000 and there has been $1.5 trillion of economic impact since 2003.

In collaboration with IBM, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is hosting a hackathon on August 30th - September 1st at Duffield Hall to bring together the Cornell community to tackle challenges associated with natural disasters. Check out some of our challenge statements below or bring your own to the hackathon. If you are not a developer, no problem. We are open to people joining who have diverse skillsets outside of coding.

This hackathon is part of a larger effort called the Call for Code Global Challenge to create solutions that significantly improve preparedness for natural disasters and relief when they hit.

One Cornell team will win the first annual Call for Code and have the opportunity to win the grand prize of $200,000 USD cash prize, long-term open source project support from The Linux Foundation, and the opportunity to deploy your solution with an IBM Corporate Service Corps team.

Location: Duffield Hall

Thursday, August 30th, 6 – 9PM: Kickoff speaker, pitches, and team formation 

Friday, August 31, 11:30AM: Hacking 

Saturday, September 1, 11:30AM - 1:00PM: Demo presentations with judging panel 

Sign up through this link for the hackathon



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