Welcome to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University in Houston, Texas! Our mission is to educate the civil and environmental engineering leaders of tomorrow and contribute to solving societal challenges through discovery and innovation. Our vision is to be the nation’s preeminent civil and environmental engineering program, dedicated to improving the quality of life for all.
Civil and environmental engineering disciplines are very broad and address virtually any system or infrastructure related to earth, water, air, or civilization and their processes. At Rice, we provide this breadth but also emphasize depth in our curricular and co-curricular offerings.
Our curriculum is centered around four areas of specialization: environmental engineering, hydrology and water resources, structural engineering and mechanics, and urban infrastructure and management. It also provides students opportunities to improve their written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, with an emphasis on collaboration and teamwork. The strengthening of such leadership characteristics makes studying in our department a very special educational experience.
Professional development is a cornerstone of our student experience. Mentoring opportunities are available through Rice chapters of national organizations such as ASCE and Chi Epsilon. We support active student professional groups at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and encourage their interaction.
Research in civil and environmental engineering at Rice is broad and interdisciplinary. We believe that the best solutions come from unconventional collaborations - across disciplines, across departments, and across the spectrum of science and humanities.
Members of the civil and environmental engineering department at Rice have led the development of several interdisciplinary research centers, including the NSF Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT), the Brine Chemistry Consortium, and the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center.
Rice CEE faculty are highly productive and well-known worldwide. In fact, our faculty rank among the top 10 most productive in the United States* among all civil engineering and all environmental engineering Ph.D. programs, as shown by the number of publications and accolades attributed to them, as well as the amount of funding they receive.
*Based on Academic Analytics Scholarly Research Index (SRI) as of AAD2016, March 27, 2018.