Welcome from the Chair

Richard L. Corsi, Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (CAEE).  We are a department with both a rich history of positive contributions to society and strong vision of our future.  From our 1,200 students to our 55+ faculty members and 20+ departmental staff members, we are a community of scholars who work together, learn together, and strive together to make the world a better place.  

Our CAEE community is positioned to take leadership roles in addressing several grand challenges associated with both mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change.  We are poised to help better understand and solve water-related challenges that span the extremes of drought and flooding, and the need for provision of water of sufficient quality to meet the various demands of society.  

We also understand the important, expanding and changing roles that civil and architectural engineers will play with respect to the energy demands of society.  These roles range from effective infrastructure for energy development and power plants, construction-related activities and production of engineering materials with lower carbon footprints, energy conservation in both the transportation and building sectors, and treatment of energy-related waste products.  

We understand that in an age of the largest migration from rural to urban areas in recorded history we must envision, design, operate, and maintain truly sustainable city systems and infrastructure.  And we understand that these important challenges are intimately connected to one another in many ways.  

This is an exciting period to be civil, architectural and environmental engineers.  Effective solutions to these challenges will necessitate interdisciplinary partnerships with planners, physical scientists, behavioral scientists, health scientists, economists, and others.  Solutions will also require collaborations with industry and policymakers, and the input of scholars who can bridge these and other stakeholders through creative education and research that is founded on sound scientific and engineering principles.  In the future engineers will also need to further embrace international collaborations and the benefits of working across and within various cultures.

I am proud to serve as Chair of a faculty and staff that cares about providing a comprehensive educational experience for our extraordinary students.  We know that the future of our world is in the hands of these bright young scholars.  We teach both in and out of the classroom, engage students in research, and provide opportunities for student involvement in interdisciplinary and international collaborations and outreach.  

Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are a part of a vibrant CAEE community and we all benefit from working together. We deeply appreciate the opportunity to serve.

Richard L. Corsi, Ph.D., P.E.
Department Chair



Our undergraduate and graduate programs are routinely ranked among the top ten in the U.S.  In the most recent U.S. News & World Report, our programs were ranked:

#4 Undergraduate Civil Engineering

#7 Undergraduate Environmental Engineering

#4 Graduate Civil Engineering

#4 Graduate Environmental Engineering