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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.


Get Ready for a World of Self-Growing and Healing “Living” Materials

New research at USC Viterbi School of Engineering seeks to upcycle waste materials by harnessing the power of microorganisms.

Wide Awake and Dreaming: USC Viterbi’s 2023 Master’s Commencement Ceremonies

The class of 2023 is “the best educated, the most representative in our history.”

“At Heart, We’re Problem Solvers:” USC Viterbi Undergraduate Commencement 2023

This year’s ceremony at Alumni Park was headlined by alumnus and venture capitalist, Mark Stevens, who praised the power and versatility of an engineering degree

“Attention is All You Need”: New Ph.D.s Urged to Attend to “Challenges of Earth’s Eight Billion People.”

The 2023 Ph.D. Hooding and Awards Ceremony honors 133 new graduates and Jiaoyang Li, winner of this year’s best Ph.D. thesis.

“Everything Full Force:” USC Viterbi Senior Shines On The Track

Civil engineering major and sprinter Chioma Okonkwo hopes to medal in the NCAA Women’s Track and Field Championships and perhaps even run in the Olympics

Scooby Doo Meets the Concrete Canoe

USC Viterbi’s ASCE student chapter competes in the “America’s Cup of Civil Engineering.”

Students Compete to Innovate for a Better Future in LA

The Das Family Innovate x LA Student Competition challenges students to develop high-impact urban solutions and compete for a $15,000 prize.

Bacteria Resistant to Last Resort Antibiotic Found for First Time in Los Angeles County Wastewater

Small plasmids are considered mobile genetic elements and transmissible between different types of bacteria

Like Father, Like Son? What It Feels Like to Attend College with Your Dad

A father-son duo bond over their shared experience studying construction at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Stressed at work? USC Researchers Aim to Change That

An interdisciplinary team, including three USC Viterbi researchers, recently received a $1.1M National Science Foundation grant for managing, mitigating on-the-job stress

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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
  • Our living lab - Los Angeles - one of the largest and most diverse metropolitan cities in the world