Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Lehigh University, part of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Lehigh's storied civil engineering programs are recognized globally for expertise in structural, environmental, geotechnical and water resource engineering. We encourage you to browse our website, visit individual faculty pages, or contact us to learn more about our dynamic research and graduate and undergraduate educational programs. | READ MORE >>

Departmental Notices

  • Weekly Question and Answer Sessions for PhD and Master's students September through December at 9am Eastern Time each Tuesday with registration required. Join us for our Fall 2022 Gradaute Webinars. For more information contact Julie DeMotte (jud200@lehigh.edu).  

Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering studies the design, analysis, assessment of buildings, and infrastructure systems. Its scope spans many scales, from material constituents (e.g., aggregate and matrix in concrete), to structural components (e.g., beams and columns), all the way to entire structures (e.g., buildings, bridges, transmission towers), and systems of structures (e.g., bridge portfolios, power distribution lines). Structural engineering applies continuum mechanics, numerical analysis, signal processing, operational research and other discipline to advance the design of the built environment, as well as its reliability, disaster resilience, and sustainability. Learn more

Water Resources Engineering

Water resources engineering studies the hydrologic cycle and uses different quantitative methods such as field measurement, laboratory experiment, and numerical modeling to identify the harmonic balance between human water uses and natural ecosystem conservation. Exampled applications include the management of the surface and groundwater water supply, the design of urban storm-sewer systems, flood and drought forecasting, reservoir operation, water-energy-food nexus, and sediment management. Learn more

Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineering studies the mechanical characteristics of soils to predict their behavior under various conditions. Geotechnical engineering is crucial to design the foundations of structures, as well as to design structures that interact directly with soil, such as retention walls, or even structures made entirely of soil, such as embankment dams. Geotechnical engineers study also how to enhance the mechanical properties of soils. Learn more

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering applies the principles of chemistry, physics, biology, epidemiology, and earth sciences in order to protect public health and the environment. Environmental Engineers design systems which provide safe drinking water, treat wastewater, remediate pollution, manage solid waste, recycle materials, and control air quality. Environmental engineering specialties can focus on environmental biotechnology, ion exchange technologies, preventing waterborne disease, sustainable water treatment, wastewater treatment technologies, environmental remediation, air pollution control, and pollution prevention. Learn more

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