Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Message From Chair

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021! Last year was a consequential one, necessitating adaptation and growth in every aspect of society, including in the CEE department. Through it all, our students, faculty, staff and alumni have demonstrated their leadership, resilience and deep commitment to supporting the innovative education and cutting-edge research that are the hallmarks of our department. 

Making the health and safety of our entire community our highest priority, our dedicated faculty worked hard to completely transform our curriculum for online instruction. Students have responded with continued productivity, a testament to the rigors of a UC education. Last summer, as our nation turned its attention to the critical need to address racial injustice, CEE leadership, faculty, staff and students took a strong stand in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. We work hard to ensure that our education and our research contribute to building a just and equitable society.

CEE faculty and students have transformed a year of challenges into opportunities. We are leading national research on tracking the COVID-19 pandemic using wastewater-based surveillance, and are actively engaged in investigating strategies for wildfire mitigation during the most severe wildfire season in California’s history.

We are proud to have been able to respond swiftly to continually changing and challenging circumstances. We are dedicated to ensuring that the physical, intellectual and emotional wellbeing of our students continues to grow. 

Sincerely, 

Sunny Jiang, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

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