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

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Featured Research Assistant

Konstantinos Douligeris

Research Focus: 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
Advisor: Dr. Costas Synolakis
Expected Graduation: 2020
Previous Education: Engineering diploma in rural and surveying engineering from the National Technical University of Athens; Working towards a master’s degree in aerospace engineering at USC
Hobbies: Playing violin, soccer, and tennis



Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. Seminar

Fri, Dec 01, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: VKC 150
Speaker: Preetham Manjunatha and Ashrant Aryal, Astani CEE Graduate StudentsTalk Title: TBAAbstract: TBA


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

Dr. Qiming Wang Receives an AFOSR YIP Award

Dr. Qiming Wang has received an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program award recipient. His research “Self-healable Lightweight Cellular Structures: Additive Manufacturing and Multifunctionality” was one of the 43 projects selected to receive a grant. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of … Read More


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Graduate Students Recognized for their Work as Research and Teaching Assistants

The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering honors its best research and teaching assistants

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Smart House 2.0

USC Viterbi’s Lucio Soibelman on making the future happen today.

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