Welcome from the Department Chair

Welcome to the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) 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 engineering offer 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. Great achievements from the CEE 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 its founding and will continue to achieve milestones through its students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 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, transportation systems management, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering and environmental quality management. The CEE department also offers undergraduate B.S. 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) or email (ceeadmin@usc.edu) if you have any have any questions.

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

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
  • 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.


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.