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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George Ban-Weiss receives the CAREER award

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Featured Research Assistant for December 2017: Saba Khashe

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