FUTURE-ORIENTED: Civil and environmental engineering is a future-oriented field that offers excellent job opportunities and the chance to positively impact society. At GW, we prepare our students for that future.



Majid Manzari




Welcome to Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at GW. Civil and environmental engineering is a broad and exciting discipline with tremendous opportunities for technical innovation and contribution to the human society. Civil and environmental engineers draw from various fields of science and technology to provide safe, sustainable, and economic solutions for the design, construction, and maintenance of the built environment where we live, work, and play.

The CEE Department offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in various fields of civil and environmental engineering. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor's of Science degree in civil engineering with an option in environmental engineering. We also offer 5-year BS/MS environmental engineeringstructural engineering, and transportation engineering. Our graduate programs offer Master's of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in mechanics and materials engineeringenvironmental engineeringgeotechnical engineeringstructural engineeringwater resources engineering, and transportation engineering.

The CEE faculty are internationally recognized scholars and leaders in their fields, and are deeply committed to providing world-class education and mentoring to our undergraduate and graduate students.

The Department maintains outstanding research facilities including a high bay structural testing laboratory, driving simulator and a six-degrees-of-freedom seismic simulator. The Center for Intelligent Transportation Systems, the Earthquake Engineering and Structures Laboratory, and the Transportation Program provide unique research opportunities for CEE students. CEE undergraduate and graduate students are involved in a variety of exciting research projects such as energy harvesting from wastewater, health monitoring of bridge structures, multiscale analysis of geo-structures containing liquefiable soils, seismic performance of civil infrastructure systems such as bridges and nuclear power plants, understanding the effects of different weather conditions on a driver's behavior, and uncovering the intricate nature of a new energy-harvesting material.

These are exciting times to be at the George Washington University. We encourage you to visit us and consider joining the CEE family at GW.

Majid Manzari, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair



Visit our Faculty Directory to see a list of our faculty and their research interests, and to learn how to contact them.


Find out more about the graduate and undergraduate degree programs offered by the CEE department.