College of Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Portrait of Dr. Peter Savolainen, CEE Interim ChairpersonWelcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Michigan State University (MSU)! Civil and environmental engineers have led the development of the most sophisticated infrastructure systems in the world, including roads, bridges, buildings, and water distribution/treatment systems. Today, we are tasked with the challenge of maintaining and ensuring the long-term sustainability of these systems. To this end, MSU CEE are involved in cutting-edge work that has advanced these efforts. For example, we have installed thousands of tiny self-powered infrastructure sensors on the Mackinac Bridge, allowing for real-time monitoring and proactive bridge preservation and management. We are also using sensor technologies to monitor traffic congestion, building energy performance, and the transmission of COVID-19. The resultant data can then be used to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain these systems.

Our department currently offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in both civil and environmental engineering. Our curricula provide a robust design-build education that trains students for their professional careers. This high-quality educational experience has a perfect blend of theory and application. High-achieving students have opportunities for undergraduate research and pursuit of the dual BS-MS programs in civil engineering or environmental engineering. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of CEE disciplines, including energy/sustainability, environmental engineering, geotechnical/pavement engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and hydrology/water resources. Our graduates are in high demand both in the public and private sectors. The placement rate within six months of graduation is above 90%. The undergraduate degree programs in civil and environmental engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

We also have excellent graduate programs and award MS and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering and environmental engineering. Our outstanding faculty in partnership with both undergraduate and graduate students are engaged in innovative and impactful research in the areas of (i) resilient, sustainable materials and infrastructure; (ii) transportation safety, sustainability and mobility; (iii) sustainability and water resources systems modeling and (iv) environmental health and water quality engineering. The department hosts the National Center for Pavement Preservation, which leads collaboration among government agencies, industry, and academia to improve pavement preservation practices, as well as a US Department of Energy Industrial Assessment Center

There is much more to learn about our department and its people, we have tried to make these pages quick and easy to use for a broad range of users. For more details on something in particular, please contact us at or visit us in person to explore the possible educational and research opportunities that exist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Go Green!

Peter Savolainen
Interim Chairperson and MSU Foundation Professor