About

Welcome from the Department Chair

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

Civil and Environmental Engineering offers some of the most exciting career opportunities. We are educating professionals who will be responsible for creating a sustainable world by being planners, designers, constructors, and operators of the built and natural environment. Our graduates are expected to be leaders in the discussions and decisions shaping the public environmental and infrastructure policy.

Our department has achieved significant milestones since its establishment in 1906. In 2007, Sonny Astani, a 1978 USC alumnus, donated $17 million to the department. The naming gift has enhanced the department’s capabilities and academic experience for our students. Some great moments about the Astani department include the formation of student organizations and the David M. Wilson Affiliates (DMWA) alumni organization. Student organizations such as ASCE student chapter (1924), Chi Epsilon (1924), and AGC (1994) were formed to unite students and create a sense of community within the department. In 1958, a group of civil engineering alumni founded DMWA as an alumni support group to honor Professor David M. Wilson. The department has experienced tremendous growth since it’s founding and will continue to achieve milestones through its students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The Department offers Ph.D. degree programs in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, and a broad range of Master’s programs in Structural Engineering, Structural Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Construction Engineering, Construction Management, Water Resources Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Environmental Quality Management. The Department also offers undergraduate BS degree programs in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, Construction Engineering, Building Science (Architectural Engineering), and Water Resources Engineering.

We encourage you to apply to one of our academic programs. You may request information and applications for undergraduate and/or graduate programs from this website. Please contact us by phone (213-740-0587) and email (ceeadmin@usc.edu) if you have any have any questions about the Department.

Lucio Soibelman, PhD
Viterbi Dean’s Professor and Department Chair

Conference Rooms

Please check the rooms availability before submitting the requests:

  • KAP 200C – Maximum Occupancy: 10 (CEE Use Only)
  • KAP 209 – Maximum Occupancy: 30
  • KAP 226 – Maximum Occupancy: 6; Date Restriction Apply (CEE Use Only)
  • 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.

  • Address:

    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:

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

    Alexis (graduate): Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30-11:30am; Friday, 10:00-12:00pm

Maps and Directions

The 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.