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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Saba Khashe

Research Focus: Enabling human-building communication to promote occupants’ pro-environmental behavior
Advisor: Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber
Expected Graduation: 2017
Previous Education: Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from University of Tehran; Master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management and Master’s degree in Green Technology from USC
Hobbies: Hiking, watching movies, and traveling to explore new places, cultures and natural beauties


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Featured Research Assistant for December 2017: Saba Khashe

Saba Khashe is a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Burcin Becerik Gerber. Her research focuses on enabling human-building communication to promote occupants’ pro-environmental behavior. Her goal is to transform buildings into interactive living spaces that communicate with their occupants and influence the ways that they behave in buildings. Saba received a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from … Read More

Featured Research Assistant for November 2017: Konstantinos Douligeris

Konstantinos Douligeris is a second-year PhD student in civil engineering advised by Dr. Costas Synolakis. His research focuses on developing analytical solutions and codes to calculate the run-up of solitary waves and N-waves on different types of sloping beaches using linear and nonlinear theories. The results will be compared to experimental data from experiments which will be held at USC’s … Read More

Faculty Opening in Structural Engineering

The Astani Department has an open tenured/tenure-track faculty position, starting August 2018, in the areas of structural engineering and construction materials, including (1) characterization of construction materials, (2) existing infrastructure under environmental aging, (3) repair and rehabilitation of aged infrastructure, and (4) development of new sustainable construction materials. Applications, which can be submitted at USC Careers, will be reviewed starting 15 … Read More


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