Welcome to the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering!

From the highways and bridges you drive over, to the buildings you live and work in, to the systems that provide you access to clean water, civil and environmental engineers address the core needs of society. We improve quality of life, protect people from hazards and disasters, and solve global challenges.

Civil and environmental engineers also have an important role in shaping our future. Urgent crises such as climate change, sustainable urban development and access to clean water and air, require innovative thinking and collaboration with other disciplines. Our students and faculty are at the center of this endeavor.

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

  • Engineering for Disaster Resilience
  • Engineering for Extreme Habitats
  • Engineering for Urban Livability
  • Engineering for Environmental Stewardship
  • Engineering for Transport Service Systems

Our focus is on the present and 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, our department is now home to world-class educators and globally recognized researchers. We empower our students to be highly skilled change-makers.

The world is rapidly changing, but our mission remains the same: to prepare the engineers of tomorrow today and to build a more sustainable world for all humanity.

Chair, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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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-served basis, and the website may not reflect pending requests, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering has committed to a list of principles and actions to advance racial equity and inclusion that will help dismantle structural and systemic factors that contribute to inequities.

Commitment to DEI

Maps & Directions

The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering'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 the campus through Gate 6, which is located at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and 36th Place.