What Do Civil & Environmental Engineers Do?
Our standard of living depends on our civil infrastructure, a sophisticated system of buildings, bridges, dams, airports, transportation networks, water and power distribution systems, and environmental protection systems.
Civil and environmental engineers are responsible for designing, maintaining and enhancing our civil infrastructure. They help to sustain the living standards and quality of life of the population. Civil engineers are also master builders. They create structures that stand as timeless symbols of our civilization. Environmental engineers identify and design solutions for problems involving the environment. To do so, they have to be broadly educated and technically trained to address a wide spectrum of issues.
Civil & Environmental Engineering @SC
Featured Research Assistant
Research Focus: Control and optimization techniques for transportation networks
Advisor: Ketan Savla
Expected Graduation: 2018
Previous Education: M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at USC
Hobbies: Swimming, kayaking and jet skiing
Sustainability in the context of civil engineering targets long-term viability of natural resources and engineered civil systems.
Water Quality, Access, and Distribution
Providing an adequate supply of potable water, considering population growth and climate variability.
Disasters and Extreme Events
All aspects of an event, from a fundamental understanding of the physical processes controlling its evolution to the resulting environmental and social reaction.
Coupling of Complex Systems
Efforts aim to integrate research across the Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, as well with all outside disciplines that interact with civil systems.
Featured Research Assistant for June 2017: Pouyan Hosseini
Pouyan is a PhD candidate working under supervision of Dr. Ketan Savla. His research focuses on control and optimization techniques for transportation networks. More specifically he is interested in designing feedback control algorithms that use the real-time data collected by traffic sensors to control the traffic flow more efficiently. His work consists of developing theoretical guarantees for these algorithms as … Read More
Kelly Sanders Selected to Attend the 2017 NAE Frontiers of Engineering
Dr. Kelly has been selected to attend the 2017 NAE Frontiers of Engineering. The Frontiers of Engineering program brings together a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academia, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The goal of the meetings is to introduce these outstanding engineers (ages … Read More
Featured Research Assistant for May 2017: Farshid Hosseini
Farshid Hosseini is a PhD Candidate working with Dr. Bora Gencturk. His research focuses on next generation seismic resistant structural systems using high-performance materials such as engineered cementitious composites (ECC) and super-elastic alloys (SEAs). He implemented these high-performance materials in bridge columns and beam-column joints in an innovative way to improve their seismic performance and damage tolerance. As part of … Read More