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.

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Sasan Tavakkol

Research Focus: Computer science and coastal engineering
Advisor: Patrick Lynett
Expected Graduation: 2018
Previous Education: B.Sc. in civil engineering and M.Sc. in computational hydraulics from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran Polytechnic
Hobbies: Playing indoor soccer and cycling
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Research Areas

Sustainable Development

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.


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USC Students Receive Awards at the Scholarship and Project Awards Gala

The Southern California Chapter of CMAA presented the 25th annual Scholarship and Project Awards Gala, at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live, on April 26, 2017, where multiple USC CEE student received four of the seven awards and scholarships. Sam Kinsey, a USC BSCE student, received the 2017 Corporate Sponsored Scholarship Match Program Scholarship Award, the most prestigious award given … Read More

Featured Research Assistant for April 2017: Sasan Tavakkol

Sasan Tavakkol is a PhD Candidate advised by Prof. Patrick Lynett. His research topic lies at the intersection of computer science and coastal engineering. As part of his PhD, Sasan has developed a revolutionary GPU-accelerated software, called Celeris, to simulate nearshore waves. Celeris is currently employed by hundreds of coastal engineers in academia and industry for analyzing wave propagation in … Read More

USC CEE Staff Recognized for Years of Service

On March 27, 2017, the University of Southern California recognized staff, who have worked a large number of years, at a luncheon in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom. This included USC Sonny Astani Department’s own staff members (from left to right): Paul Schwartz, FCCCHR Chief Engineer, recognized for 40 years of service; Patrick Sylvester, FCCCHR Business Manager, recognized for … Read More

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Is the Drinking Water for Millions in the Persian Gulf At Risk?

USC Viterbi Professor Considers and Tries to Prepare for the ‘Unthinkable’

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Four USC Viterbi Professors Win 2017 NSF CAREER Awards

Felipe de Barros, a civil and environmental engineer, Han Wang, an electrical engineer and Ilias Diakonikolas and Wyatt Lloyd, both computer scientists, win the National Science Foundation’s top honor for junior faculty

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