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Our strategic vision

The department's vision guides our work and impact. We leverage interdisciplinary research in five distinct areas.
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The Energy-Water Nexus

Sustainability expert Sanders’ focus is the energy-water nexus — the idea that producing a safe and reliable water supply requires a lot of energy, while producing a safe and reliable energy supply requires a lot of water. She has studied ways to optimize this relationship between energy and water services for nearly a decade.


Mitul Luhar joins the National Academies’ New Voices in Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
February 20, 2024

Luhar will be part of the 2024-26 cohort of 26 outstanding early and mid-career scientists, engineers and medical professionals selected by National Academies.

Three USC Schools Collaborate to Reimagine the LA River
February 9, 2024

Researchers in landscape architecture, fluid mechanics and augmented reality have created an interactive hydraulic model installed alongside the Los Angeles River.

Researcher Adam Simpson Exposes the Hidden Dangers of Processed Food
December 13, 2023

Having recently joined the USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil Engineering (CEE), Assistant Professor Adam Simpson advances a radical new approach to studying environmental contaminants.

The Los Angeles Interstate 10 Fire – a Concrete Specialist’s Perspective
December 5, 2023

Professor Bora Gencturk shares how high-performance building materials can mitigate the impact of urban disasters.

A New Toolkit for Teaching Green Technologies
November 21, 2023

The multi-disciplinary program, administered by USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), is equipping students with the skills to tackle the climate crisis.

Too Close for Comfort: USC Viterbi Students Use AI to Prevent Aircraft Collisions
November 17, 2023

USC had two teams among top 10 finalists in national FAA Data Challenge 2023.

Albert Dorman, Board of Councilors Member and One of Disneyland’s First Engineers, Dies at 97
November 17, 2023

Influential civil engineering alumnus was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and founding chairman of AECOM

Advanced Computing in Civil and Environmental Engineering
October 11, 2023

In teaching and research, advanced computational methods are essential for achieving the strategic vision at Sonny Astani Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Just Play It Cool…Pre-Cool
September 19, 2023

Dramatically cooling homes with renewable energy in the middle of the day could reduce carbon dioxide emissions, save consumers money and prevent rolling blackouts

VR will change the way we train for active shooter incidents
September 11, 2023

Immersive virtual environments provide healthcare workers with a highly effective method to prepare for emergencies.

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Research @ CEE

We are pioneering new fields of research and bringing disciplines together to tackle the grand challenges of our time.

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Building the world of tomorrow

CEE @ USC goes beyond academics.
It's a hub for sustainability-minded innovators and makers who work on bold new ideas that will transform our world.



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Have you ever wondered where a civil and environmental engineering degree will take you? Or what life in a CEE research lab is like? Or are you just curious about what your friends are working on? Be CEEN gives you the inside scoop on the world of CEE @ USC Viterbi.

What makes us unique

What makes
us unique

  • Top 10 engineering school in the nation
  • Multidisciplinary research, integrating A.I., computing and CEE
  • Global innovation programs
  • Academia + industry partnerships
  • Los Angeles City is a living lab; it is one of the largest and most diverse metropolitan cities in the world