Welcome from the Department Chair

Photo of Burcin Becerik-Gerber in white blouse with red earrings

Burcin Becerik-Gerber. PHOTO/JEFFREY FITERMAN.

Welcome to the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering website! This site’s main objective is to provide you with an overview of the educational and research opportunities within our department.

Civil and environmental engineers design, construct and manage our built environment while protecting our planet’s natural resources. Daily, we rely on the structures, technologies and systems civil and environmental engineers innovate, engineer and build. Our solutions enable our lives and support our economy and our way of life.

From the highways and bridges you drive over to the buildings you live and work to the systems that provide you access to clean water, civil and environmental engineers address many core needs of society to improve quality of life, protect people from hazards and disasters and solve issues with technical, political and societal significance.

Civil and environmental engineers also have an important role in shaping our future. There are many pressing global challenges affecting our planet and our immediate communities, including climate change, sustainable urban development and access to clean water and air. Our students and faculty are at the center of scientific, engineering and innovation efforts to address these global challenges and advance our civil infrastructure and systems with the support of breakthroughs in science and technology.

In the Astani Department, we help inform better decision making regarding our natural and built environments by:

  • Creating engineering solutions for healthy, resilient and sustainable user-centered built environments;
  • Using bio-inspired manufacturing solutions to strengthen and innovate engineering materials;
  • Implementing robotics and autonomous systems to reduce dangerous and inefficient, tedious construction tasks for human labor;
  • Engineering new transportation solutions to alleviate stresses on current infrastructural resources and on people’s time;
  • Engineering solutions that help us protect from, prepare for, and recover from extreme events such as earthquakes and tsunamis;
  • Creating solutions for providing clean water and healthy air quality;
  • Developing construction-scale 3D printing technologies for rapid and cost effective development; and
  • Controlling and preventing pollution in the air and clean up contaminated waste sites.

Our focus is on the future: educating future engineers, innovators and leaders who drive change through human-centered approaches. Established in 1906 as one of the first engineering departments at USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the Astani Department has world-class educators and groundbreaking researchers. We teach our students engineering principles, but we also teach them to be creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, entrepreneurs and global leaders.  Civil and environmental engineering are the core disciplines to ensure a healthy and sustainable planet for future generations.

We invite you to explore our website and learn about the broad range of programs we offer, as well as our cutting-edge research. We take pride in our innovative approaches to being a department at the forefront of global challenges and societal needs.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us.


Burçin Becerik-Gerber

Chair, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Conference Rooms

Please check the room's availability before submitting a booking request. (Please note: No food allowed in any of the rooms.)


  • KAP 200C - Maximum Occupancy: 10 (CEE Use Only)
  • KAP 209 - Maximum Occupancy: 30
  • BHE 213D - Maximum Occupancy: 8 (CEE Use Only)

Requests are handled on a first come, first serve basis and the website may not reflect pending requests, so we apologize in advance for an inconvenience this may cause.

Contact Information

Please contact us with any questions about our civil or environmental programs, or if you would like more information about the Astani Department. Whether you write, email or call, the appropriate staff or faculty member will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note, the email address ceeadmin@usc.edu is for general inquiry and Student Services. Please check our directory if you need to reach a specific person. Send comments, corrections or suggestions regarding this Web site to ceeadmin@usc.edu.

If you are interested in a position in the department, please check the available job openings here.


Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Southern California
Kaprielian Hall, Suite 210
3620 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2531

Phone/Fax/Email Us:

Tel: (213) 740-0603 (main office)
Tel: (213) 740-0587 (student affairs)

Fax: (213) 744-1426

Email: ceeadmin@usc.edu

Walk-In Hours for Student Affairs in KAP 214:

Geraldine Perry (undergraduate): Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00-11:00am

Christine Hsieh (graduate): Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:30-11:30am; Friday, 10:30-12:00pm

Maps and Directions

The Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Department's main office is located in Kaprielian Hall (KAP), Suite 210. Faculty offices and labs are in KAP, Biegler Hall of Engineering (BHE), and Ronald Tutor Hall, (RTH).

Enter campus through Gate 6, which is located directly across Vermont Avenue from 36th Place.

Published on January 25th, 2017

Last updated on March 7th, 2022