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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) seeks to understand the world, invent, and innovate with creative design. To address some of the greatest challenges of our time, the department uses approaches that range from basic scientific principles to complex engineering design, at scales from the nano to the global. Emphasizing the use of quantitative approaches, CEE features two vibrant centers of gravity: environment (what exists as natural systems) and infrastructure (what is created by human activity). The department is organized into two laboratories around these focus areas: the Parsons Laboratory for Environmental Science and Engineering and the Pierce Laboratory for Infrastructure Science and Engineering, which emphasizes materials and systems. CEE consists of people from a broad range of academic disciplines who work together to contribute to exciting intellectual networks across the department and MIT, solving tomorrow’s problems to build a better future through discovery and innovation.

An education in civil and environmental engineering provides an excellent foundation to solve the world’s greatest challenges in areas such as sustainability, environment, or energy. It prepares students for careers in fields as diverse as engineering design, education, law, medicine, and public health, as well as for graduate study in engineering and science. Graduates teach and carry out research in universities, work for large firms, start their own businesses, and hold leadership positions in government and nonprofit organizations. The department’s undergraduate program provides a solid background in science and engineering fundamentals while emphasizing hands-on design and research projects that provide real-world context. Students focus on the use of large data, computation, probability, and data analysis, and learn how to combine theory, experiments, and modeling to understand and solve complex science and engineering problems.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers three undergraduate degree programs. Course 1-C leads to a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, providing a solid foundation for practice in civil engineering, including structural analysis and design, engineering materials, geotechnical analysis and design, sustainable infrastructure, and transportation and logistics. Course 1-E leads to a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Science, emphasizing the fundamental physical, chemical, and biological processes necessary for understanding the interactions between man and the environment. Issues considered include the provision of clean and reliable water supplies, flood forecasting and protection, development of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, causes and implications of climate change, and the impact of human activities on natural cycles. Both the 1-C and 1-E degrees are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/. Course 1-ENG leads to a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, a flexible curriculum that supplements a civil and environmental engineering foundation with an area of core coursework in a field of specialization, introducing exciting opportunities for disciplinary or multidisciplinary focus. The department will seek general engineering accreditation from ABET for this degree.

The department also offers advanced degrees within the broadly defined areas of environmental science and engineering (which includes environmental chemistry, environmental fluid mechanics, environmental microbiology, and hydrology and hydroclimatology), mechanics of materials and structures, geotechnical engineering and geomechanics, and transportation. The depth and breadth of coursework and research required differ for each degree program.

The department’s graduate degrees are as follows: Master of Engineering (MEng), Master of Science in Transportation (MST), Master of Science (SM), Civil Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Science (ScD).

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Undergraduate Study

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers three undergraduate programs: Course 1-C, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Course 1-E, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Science, and Course 1-ENG, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Undergraduates are encouraged to participate in the research activities of the department and in many cases obtain degree credit for such work. In general, students are encouraged to plan their programs for the third and fourth years so they dovetail with possible graduate study, including the department’s Master of Engineering degree. This is readily accomplished by those students who embark on the departmental program in their second year. Under certain circumstances, students are permitted to work toward receiving simultaneous undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering/Course 1-C
[see degree chart]

The 1-C curriculum helps students develop abilities in problem formulation, problem solving, and decision making in civil engineering. Education towards this goal involves learning fundamentals, exercising creativity, and gaining hands-on experience. Specifically, the program includes subjects dealing with structures, materials, computation, and project evaluation. These are complemented by design subjects that teach students to handle open-ended problems through involvement in increasingly complex team-oriented projects. Unrestricted electives and advanced restricted electives are typically used to build depth in focus areas of interest to the student.

The 1-C program provides the education necessary for professional practice in civil engineering as well as a number of other fields. It also provides a solid foundation for graduate studies, which is designed to further develop the professional engineering skills of Course 1-C students. This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Science/Course 1-E
[see degree chart]

The 1-E option is designed for students who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that control natural and engineered environments and their interactions with human activities. Subjects in environmental transport and hydrology share a laboratory that emphasizes both practical skills and the use of measurements to test hypotheses. Similarly, the environmental chemistry and biology subjects are accompanied by a laboratory that introduces methods for relevant measurements in ecosystems and engineered systems. Unrestricted electives and advanced restricted electives are typically used to build depth in particular areas of interest to the student.

The 1-E program provides the education necessary for careers in environmental engineering and science, as well as in many other fields. It also gives a solid foundation for graduate study and research in both basic and applied environmental disciplines. The 1-E program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/, and is sufficiently flexible to prepare students for careers in medicine or environmental law.

Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering/Course 1-ENG
[see degree chart]

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Course 1-ENG) is designed to prepare students to make an impact in solving the world’s greatest challenges. The program, for which the department plans to obtain ABET accreditation in general engineering, offers possibilities to select tracks of study for in-depth exploration of particular areas, or to focus on cross-cutting, multidisciplinary studies within and outside the department in emerging areas of civil and environmental engineering, broadly defined. Please refer to the website for further details on 1-ENG sample educational tracks and a description of educational opportunities.

The 1-ENG program provides significant flexibility through a track structure that is consistent with the diverse nature of our disciplinary groups and responsive to the interest of students in new educational offerings. The program is built around a solid foundation in mathematics, big data, sensing, and computing, and is complemented by laboratory subjects on data analysis. It includes a capstone subject that provides ample opportunities for students to solve complex problems. The 1-ENG program enables students to design individualized programs to meet particular educational objectives. For example, students interested in careers in fields such as sustainability, environmental science and engineering, microbiology, sustainable materials, geochemistry, energy resources, structural/architectural engineering, oceanography, or environmental law can design programs that provide both depth and breadth.

The main component of the 1-ENG program is a small set of General Department Requirements (GDRs) consisting of subjects that focus on mathematics, computation, probability and statistics, and data analysis, plus a capstone. Students select one of several core options, each consisting of subjects that build a solid background in one of three areas: environment, mechanics/materials, or systems. Students can also combine cores to define a tailored program with approval of the CEE undergraduate officer. Their selections of a core and a consistent set of four or five restricted elective subjects, in consultation with a CEE faculty advisor, define their track of undergraduate study.

Restricted electives may be selected from subjects within or outside the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. To satisfy the CI-M component of the Communication Requirement, students must take two of the department’s CI-M subjects (from among 1.011, 1.013, and 1.092) or, if appropriate, take one Course 1 CI-M subject and petition the Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement to substitute one CI-M from another science or engineering field. Any outside CI-M must fit into the coherent program of electives approved by the student’s academic advisor. The remaining part of the 1-ENG program consists of unrestricted electives, bringing the total number of required units beyond the General Institute Requirements to 180.

Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

Sophomores and juniors majoring in civil and environmental engineering may apply to participate in the Undergraduate Summer Internship Program, coordinated by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The internship program helps MIT students find summer employment opportunities with companies and agencies engaged in civil and environmental engineering. For more information and a partial listing of companies and agencies that students have worked with in the past, see the Summer Internship Program description on the departmental website at http://cee.mit.edu/undergraduate/internships/.

Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program

The Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) is a full-year co-curricular professional development program sponsored by the School of Engineering that prepares sophomores for success in the workplace. UPOP is open to all sophomores, regardless of major. Over the course of the program, students receive classroom instruction and personalized coaching focused on advancing both short- and long-term professional goals, with support provided in finding and securing a summer internship. UPOP students participate in professional development workshops and one-to-one coaching during both fall and spring semesters. Students also attend a one-week course over IAP focusing on foundational decision-making, team dynamics and development, and communication: capabilities essential to being successful in a workplace environment. Experiential modules are taught by MIT faculty and coached by MIT alumni mentor-instructors, providing students with an opportunity to practice professional skills with highly experienced industry professionals. UPOP's two-unit curriculum also serves as the foundation of the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership (GEL) Program. Further information is available from the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, Room 12-193, upop@mit.edu, 617-253-0077, http://upop.mit.edu/ or from Leo McGonagle, executive director.

Electives and Research Opportunities

A list of undergraduate electives in civil and environmental engineering may be obtained from the department http://cee.mit.edu/undergraduate/courses/. Students registered in the department are encouraged to consider appropriate subjects offered by other departments as part of their elective programs.

Students wishing to work closely with a member of the faculty on research may obtain permission to register for thesis, or to enroll in 1.999 Undergraduate Studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering. In addition, numerous possibilities exist in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), and several UROP traineeships are awarded to undergraduates by the department each spring.

Minors

The Minor in Civil Engineering consists of the following subjects:

1.050 Solid Mechanics
1.060A Fluid Mechanics I
1.060B Fluid Mechanics II
1.101 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design I
1.102 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design II
1.035 Mechanics of Structures and Soils
  and
1.041 Transportation Systems Modeling
  or
1.036 Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Design


The Minor in Environmental Engineering Science consists of the following subjects:

1.018AJ Fundamentals of Ecology I
1.018BJ Fundamentals of Ecology II
1.020 Principles of Energy and Water Sustainability
1.101 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design I
1.102 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design II
1.080A Environmental Chemistry I
1.080B Environmental Chemistry II
1.107 Environmental Chemistry and Biology Laboratory
  and one of the following three subjects:
1.801J Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics: Pollution Prevention and Control
11.002J Making Public Policy
14.01 Principles of Microeconomics


Substitution of equivalent subjects offered by other departments is allowed, with permission of the minor advisor. However, at least three full 12-unit subjects must be Course 1 subjects.

For a general description of the minor program, see Undergraduate Education in Part 1.

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Graduate Study

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering grants the following advanced degrees: Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master of Science in Transportation, Master of Science, Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineer, Doctor of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. The Institute's general requirements for these degrees are described under Graduate Education in Part 1. Detailed information on the departmental requirements for each degree may be obtained from the Academic Programs Office, Room 1-290.

Master of Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Master of Engineering (MEng) is a nine-month program that provides a practice-oriented education with a focus on real-world engineering challenges. It is designed for people with a bachelor's degree in engineering (or related field) who want to enter or return to professional practice. Our graduates routinely join leading engineering design firms, consulting companies, and government agencies; some go on to pursue a PhD. The distinctive element of the program is a professional practice experience comprising a group project and an individual, practice-oriented thesis.

MEng students specialize in one of four tracks: environmental and water quality engineering, geotechnology, high-performance structures, or transportation.

Because of their intensive coursework, MEng students do not have time to work as research or teaching assistants.

Admission standards are the same as for the Master of Science degree. Strong communication skills are expected. MIT undergraduates may apply to the program at the end of their third year.

For more information, see the Master of Engineering program description on the department's website at http://cee.mit.edu/master-of-engineering.

Master of Science and Doctoral Degrees

Programs of graduate study are available in the following areas: environmental chemistry, environmental fluid mechanics, environmental microbiology, geotechnical engineering and geomechanics, hydrology and hydroclimatology, the mechanics of materials and structures, and transportation.

The program in environmental chemistry focuses on processes governing the fates and effects of natural and anthropogenic chemicals. In environmental systems, quantitative knowledge is commonly sought using chemical measurements made in controlled laboratory experiments, as well as in environmental samples of air, water, sediments, soils, and biota. Such data are synthesized within mass balance models so as to anticipate how the combination of chemical transport and transformation processes control human and ecosystem exposures. Knowledge of the mechanisms that regulate the cycling of materials through natural and man-made ecosystems is essential to address and avoid environmental problems.

Environmental fluid mechanics considers the physical processes associated with water and water motion that are essential to the understanding, protection, and improvement of the environment. The program includes theoretical, numerical, experimental, and field studies, which range in scale from the swimming of microorganisms to the transport of carbon dioxide through the global ocean basin. While rooted in the fundamental analyses of fluid physics, our projects are guided by practical problems in environmental science such as the protection of coastal water quality, the prediction and mitigation of coastal erosion, and the restoration of channels and coastal zones.

Environmental microbiology focuses on microbial properties and processes that define the structure and function of natural and man-made ecosystems. Water is a key medium through which energy and elements are transported within and between ecosystems, and it is also a conduit for the transport of anthropogenic materials and waste. Microorganisms are the primary living constituents in aquatic ecosystems and mediate globally important processes. Our studies are grounded in microbial genomics, population genetics, physiology, ecology, evolution and environmental science and engineering. This program emphasizes PhD-level research.

Geotechnical engineering and geomechanics addresses a wide range of problems posed by the spatial variability and complex material properties of soils and rocks. Geotechnical engineers are dealing with the design and construction of major infrastructure projects ranging from tunnels to offshore structures, and with natural hazards from landslides to earthquakes. Geoenvironmental problems of subsurface waste containment, groundwater contamination and site remediation are also a major focus of the profession, as are problems related to resource extraction, including engineered geothermal systems.  The graduate program includes core subjects in soil mechanics; engineering geology and groundwater hydrology; application subjects involving geotechnical and geoenvironmental problems; and specialized subjects in geomaterial (soil and rock) behavior, theoretical and experimental methods, and underground construction.

Graduate study in hydrology considers a range of scientific and engineering issues associated with water, energy and biogeochemical cycles. These include better understanding of  basic processes and fluxes, such as precipitation and evapotranspiration, partitioning of moisture at the land surface, chemical transport processes in the surface and subsurface, and coupled multiphase flow and geomechanics. It also includes the investigation of critical water problems, such as the effects of climate change on the global distribution of fresh water, extreme events and hazards, the connections between water and human health, and the water-food-energy nexus.  The hydrology program is multi-faceted, and it combines theoretical, modeling, laboratory, and field studies. It is also multi-disciplinary, embracing many fields, including fluid mechanics, chemistry, biology, physical geography, mathematics, computer science, remote sensing, geology, and geophysics. Opportunities are available for graduate study at the doctoral level.

The graduate program in the mechanics of materials and structures emphasizes fundamental understanding of, and innovative approaches to, materials and structural engineering problems by considering a vast range of scales from the nano to the macro, and by introducing new methods such as nanotechnology, innovative laboratory approaches to experimental mechanics, and innovations in design. The impact of these studies includes the development and use of better infrastructure  materials, new structural design, advanced manufacturing methods such as additive manufacturing and self-assembly, bio-inspired materials, and  designing for increased performance by improving safety, lowering costs, and mitigating the impact on the environment. The program emphasizes studies of the mechanical behavior of materials and the mechanics of materials at all scales using methods of statistical mechanics and multiscaling.

Graduate study in transportation examines all major forms of transportation, including passenger and freight systems, as well as the increasing demand for transportation systems at the local, regional and international levels. Projects and coursework consider the critical issues involved in meeting transportation needs in a sustainable way, considering all modes of transportation where appropriate. The interdisciplinary Transportation program, based in CEE, emphasizes the complexity of transportation and its dependence on the interaction of technology, operations, planning, management, and policy making. Our focus includes study of the interactions of transportation infrastructure and operations, urban spatial structure and land use, economic growth, resource and energy use, and environmental impacts at various spatial and temporal scales.

Entrance Requirements for Graduate Study

The primary requirements for graduate study are a strong intellect and the ability and interest to pursue rigorous, focused study. Applicants do not need an undergraduate degree in civil engineering. For students with backgrounds in other branches of engineering, science, and certain social sciences, numerous research opportunities exist for interdisciplinary research that brings people of complementary backgrounds together in search of solutions to major societal problems. For example, graduate students and faculty in the department have experience in geology, chemistry, physics, biology, computer science, economics, political science, sociology, architecture, urban and regional planning, and management.

All applicants are required to submit scores from the GRE Aptitude Test. With some exceptions, applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit scores from either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the preferred exam, or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). More information about individual graduate programs can be obtained at http://cee.mit.edu/ or by writing to cee-admissions@mit.edu.

Financial Assistance

The research of the department is an integral part of the graduate program, and approximately 175 graduate students each year receive appointments as research or teaching assistants. Most of these appointments fully cover tuition, individual health insurance, and reasonable living expenses in the Boston area.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for traineeships and fellowships offered nationally by the National Science Foundation, NASA, DOE, and other governmental agencies that traditionally support students in the department. For an extensive list of such opportunities, visit the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education website, http://odge.mit.edu/finances/fellowships.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Through its interdisciplinary programs, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering brings together the science, technology, systems, and management skills necessary to deal with the important engineering problems of the future.

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Computational Science and Engineering

The Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) program allows students to specialize at the doctoral level in a computation-related field of their choice through focused coursework and a Doctoral Thesis through a number of participating host departments. The CSE program is administered jointly by the Center for Computational Engineering (CCE) and the host departments, with the emphasis of thesis research activities being the development of new computational methods and/or the innovative application of computational techniques to important problems in engineering and science.

For more information, see the full program description under Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Part 3, or visit http://computationalengineering.mit.edu/education/.

Graduate Programs in Transportation

MIT provides a broad range of opportunities for transportation-related education. Courses and classes span the School of Engineering, the Sloan School of Management, and the School of Architecture and Planning, with many activities covering interdisciplinary topics that prepare students for future industry, government, or academic careers.

A variety of graduate degrees are available to students interested in transportation studies and research, including a Master of Science in Transportation and PhD in Transportation, described under Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Part 3, as well as a nine-month Master of Engineering Transportation program, described in the Master of Engineering program for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Leaders for Global Operations Program

The 24-month Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program combines graduate education in engineering and management for those with two or more years of full-time work experience who aspire to leadership positions in manufacturing or operations companies. A required six-month internship comprising a research project at one of LGO's partner companies leads to a dual-degree thesis, culminating in two master's degrees—an MBA (or SM in management) and an SM from one of seven MIT engineering programs, some of which have optional or required LGO tracks. For more information, visit http://lgo.mit.edu/.

Joint Program with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Joint Program with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is intended for students whose primary career objectives are in the field of oceanography or oceanographic engineering. The program is described under Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Part 3.

Inquiries

Detailed information about the academic policies and programs of the department may be obtained by writing to or visiting the Academic Programs Office, Room 1-290, 617-253-9723, cee-apo@mit.edu, http://cee.mit.edu/.

Research Laboratories and Activities

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering occupies two buildings on the MIT campus: Building 1 (the Henry L. Pierce Laboratory) and Building 48 (the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory for Environmental Science and Engineering). These buildings contain specialized research and teaching facilities. In addition, the department collaborates interdepartmentally with other laboratories described below.

Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory for Environmental Science and Engineering

The Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory for Environmental Science and Engineering is a four-story structure containing about 31,000 square feet of classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, machine shops, computer facilities, and offices. Approximately 18 faculty members, 75 graduate students, and 33 postdocs and 11 research staff have offices and laboratories on the premises. Facilities exist for hydrodynamic studies involving flow through vegetation, free surface flows, and flows in porous media. Seven laboratories are set up for research in inorganic chemistry, and organic geoatmospheric chemistry, and microbial ecology/genomics/biochemistry. Especially notable instrumentation includes several gas chromatographs, mass spectrometers, a GC-MS atomic absorption spectrophotometers, and an ICP-MS, alpha and gamma spectrometry counting systems, scintillation counters, several flow cytometers,  DNA sequencing equipment and walk in incubators and cold room, as well as several -80°C freezers.

One laboratory is a dedicated teaching facility for fluid mechanics, hydrology, aquatic and atmospheric chemistry, and microbiology. Equipment is available for instruction in a wide range of field sampling methods, biological and microbiological evaluations, and instrumental chemical analyses of natural waters. In addition to a recent acquisition of a two-channel auto analyzer, two state-of-the-art analytical instruments have been purchased for the student laboratory: an inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer and a gas chromatographic-mass spectrometer.

Henry L. Pierce Laboratory

Located in one of MIT's original buildings, overlooking the Charles River, the Pierce Laboratory,  includes over 40,000 square feet of classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, and offices for approximately 140 graduate students, 32 faculty members and research staff, and 25 postdocs.

Research activities focus on two major areas: materials/ mechanics and systems/transportation. Among the classrooms is the state-of-the-art Bechtel Lecture Hall. The facilities include an undergraduate teaching/project laboratory, a materials testing laboratory, and geotechnical laboratories. The materials laboratory has a machine shop, electronics room, and support equipment (3-D printer, and laser cutter, and others), used to process, fabricate, and create prototype devices and specimens, to test materials under various stress and environmental conditions, and to investigate physical properties of materials and structures. The laboratory includes several automated universal test frames, a biaxial loading system, and an environmentally controlled nano-indentation system. The geotechnical laboratories combine conventional and state-of-the-art as well as a number of specialty research devices. Capabilities and equipment include industrial radiography; centralized data acquisition; computer-automated consolidation triaxial cells; simple shear devices; and a hollow cylinder apparatus.

The Pierce Laboratory offers diverse and advanced computational facilities. The computing facilities feature various structural, project management, geotechnical, and materials modeling  software such as SAP, GSA, PLAXIS, AutoCAD, KeyCreator, ANSYS, ABAQUS, as well as various molecular and quantum mechanical modeling software and others.  

Concrete Sustainability Hub

The mission of the Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSH) is to advance the technology transfer from concrete science into engineering practice, by translating the synergy of three fields of study into a powerful hub for concrete sustainability studies relevant to industry and decision makers. CSH fosters a close alliance among academia, industry, and government to facilitate the transfer of knowledge by aligning world-leading research with end-user needs.

More concrete is produced than any other synthetic material on Earth. In the foreseeable future there is no other material that can replace concrete to meet our societies' legitimate needs for housing, shelter, schools, infrastructure, etc. But concrete faces an uncertain future due to a non-negligible ecological footprint that amounts to 5–10 percent of worldwide CO2 production.

Emerging breakthroughs in concrete science and engineering hold the promise that concrete can be part of the solution of contributing to sustainable infrastructure development that enables economic growth, and social progress while minimizing the ecological footprint. This requires a holistic approach in which progress in concrete science seamlessly feeds into innovative structural concrete engineering applications, ranging from concrete pavement solutions to wall systems, whose impact on sustainable development are evaluated with advanced environmental-econometric impact studies. An interdisciplinary team of faculty from several from several MIT departments participates in the CSH. More information is available at http://cshub.mit.edu/ or contact CSHub@mit.edu.

Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling

The Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling is a collaborative research program within the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology that involves many faculty members from Civil and Environmental Engineering and other MIT departments and universities in Singapore. Researchers are developing pervasive environmental sensor networks to collect data on atmosphere and water temperatures and pollutants and carbon fluxes and a series of linked atmosphere and ocean models, from the microscale of a building to the macroscale of, for example, East Asia. They plan to use the data and models to establish a method of monitoring, analyzing and, where appropriate, controlling elements of the urban environment. More information about the center is available at http://smart.mit.edu/research/censam/censam.html.

Center for Global Change Science

The Center for Global Change Science (CGCS) addresses fundamental questions about the environment and climate processes with a multidisciplinary approach. The center's goal is to improve the ability to accurately predict changes in the global environment. It seeks to better understand the natural mechanisms in ocean, atmosphere, and land systems that together control the Earth's climate, and to apply improved knowledge to problems of predicting climate changes. The center utilizes theory, observations, and numerical models to investigate climate phenomena, and focuses on large projects that require the cooperation of multiple investigators and disciplines. It provides opportunities for close cooperation in education and research between faculty, research scientist staff, and students in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, and others, as well as the MIT Energy Initiative. The major projects in CGCS are the Climate Modeling Initiative, the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment, and the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. More information is available under Interdisciplinary Research and Study in Part 3 or at http://cgcs.mit.edu.

Earth System Initiative

The Earth System Initiative (ESI) fosters exploration of the intimately interrelated physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes that shape our global ecosystem. By involving faculty, staff, and students across the spectrum of environmentally oriented disciplines, ESI brings the widest variety of scientific perspectives and methods to bear in understanding how the Earth system functions and how we can be better stewards of our planet. For more information, see the ESI website at http://web.mit.edu/esi/.

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Faculty and Staff

Markus J. Buehler, PhD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department Head

Elfatih A. B. Eltahir, ScD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Department Head

Faculty and Teaching Staff

Professors

Cynthia Barnhart, PhD
Ford Professor of Engineering
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems
Director, Transportation@MIT
Chancellor

Moshe Emanuel Ben-Akiva, PhD
Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Oral Buyukozturk, PhD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Sallie W. Chisholm, PhD
Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Biology
Associate Member, Broad Institute

Jerome Joseph Connor, Jr., ScD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Edward F. DeLong, PhD
Martin and Claire Goulder Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Biological Engineering

Richard Lawrence de Neufville, PhD
Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil and Environmental Engineering

Herbert Heinrich Einstein, ScD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dara Entekhabi, PhD
Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundation Professor
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

Philip Michael T. Gschwend, PhD
Ford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Charles F. Harvey, PhD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Harold Field Hemond, PhD
William E. Leonhard Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Patrick Jaillet, PhD
Dugald C. Jackson Professor of Electrical, Civil, and Environmental Engineering

Eduardo Kausel, PhD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ole Secher Madsen, ScD
Donald and Martha Harleman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dennis B. McLaughlin, PhD
H. M. King Bhumipol Professor
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Fred Moavenzadeh, PhD
James Mason Crafts Professor
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems
Director, Technology and Policy Program
(On leave)

Heidi M. Nepf, PhD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

John A. Ochsendorf, PhD
Class of 1942 Professor of Building Technology and Civil and Environmental Engineering
MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Amedeo Rodolfo Odoni, PhD
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Civil and Environmental Engineering

Martin F. Polz, PhD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Yossi Sheffi, PhD
Elisha Gray II Professor Engineering Systems
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics

David Simchi-Levi, PhD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems
Codirector, Leaders for Global Operations Program

Joseph Martin Sussman, PhD
JR East Professor
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems

Franz-Josef Ulm, PhD
George Macomber Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Daniele Veneziano, PhD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Andrew J. Whittle, PhD
Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

John Williams, PhD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems

Nigel Henry Moir Wilson, PhD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Associate Professors

Colette L. Heald, PhD
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ruben Juanes, PhD
Atlantic Richfield Career Development Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jesse H. Kroll, PhD
Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering

Pedro M. Reis, PhD
Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering

Roman Stocker, PhD
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Assistant Professors

Saurabh Amin, PhD
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lydia Bourouiba, PhD
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Marta C. Gonzalez, PhD
Gilbert Winslow Career Development Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems

Benjamin Kocar, PhD
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Carolina Osorio, PhD
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Janelle R. Thompson, PhD
Henry L. and Grace Doherty Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Adjunct Professor

Hamlin M. Jennings, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Staff

Senior Research Engineer

E. Eric Adams, PhD

Senior Research Associate

John T. Germaine, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Roland Pellenq, PhD

Principal Research Engineer

Earle Williams, PhD

Research Engineers

John Eppley, PhD
John MacFarlane, SM

Research Associate

John P. Attanucci, SM

Research Scientists

Eben Cross, PhD
Asunción Martínez, PhD
Rafal Wocik, PhD

Professors Emeriti

Rafael Luis Bras, ScD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus

Peter Sturges Eagleson, ScD
Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus

Lynn Walter Gelhar, PhD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus

Charles Cushing Ladd, ScD
Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus

Thomas William Lambe, ScD
Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus

Robert Daniel Logcher, ScD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus

David Hunter Marks, PhD
Morton and Claire Goulder Family Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems, Emeritus

Chiang Chung Mei, PhD
Ford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus

Frank Edward Perkins, ScD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus

Daniel Roos, PhD
Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus

 

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