Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Message from Chair

Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at UC Irvine. We design infrastructure systems essential to economic activity, study interactions between environmental and human systems, and strive to build a healthier, more sustainable, and equitable world.

With 28 full-time faculty (plus 6 affiliated faculty), over 480 undergraduates, close to 140 graduate students, a team of dedicated staff, and extensive connections to industry via the CEE affiliates, we offer a broad interdisciplinary academic environment where our students can grow, thrive and earn an excellent engineering education. We offer two ABET-accredited B.S. degrees (Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering), and a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. There are two options for our master’s degrees: a thesis option and a non-thesis option.

Our faculty, researchers and students are world-leaders, not only in established research areas such as environment and energy, structures and materials, transportation systems, and hydrology but they are also exploring new areas such as fire science, 3-D printing for concrete structures, better predicting extreme weather events in the context of climate change, or better organizing e-commerce and promoting a cleaner transportation system. Our students (undergraduates and graduates alike) are strongly encouraged to participate in our 4 world-class affiliated centers (the UC Irvine Water-Energy Nexus Center, the Institute for Transportation Studies, the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing, and the Advanced Power and Energy Program).

UCI is a member of the Association of American Universities, a Minority Serving Institution, and a Hispanic Serving Institution. We strongly support diversity and inclusive excellence, offer multiple opportunities for first-generation students, and heartily welcome veterans. We value a strong sense of community, as shown by the collegiality among faculty, students and staff, and our dynamic student clubs, both for undergraduate students (e.g., our chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, or the Institute of Transportation Engineers) and graduate students (e.g., the CEE Graduate Association, and Re-framing UCI CEE).

I invite you to explore our website and visit us to interact with our faculty, students, postdocs and staff. If you are considering undergraduate or graduate study in civil and environmental engineering, please email us at or visit us at E4130 Engineering Gateway. I look forward to engaging with you.


Jean-Daniel Saphores
Professor and Chair

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