Breakneck human development and globalization have seriously damaged the physical environment and have led to unintended inequalities in global social structures. Engineers have a special responsibility to develop solutions for these dilemmas.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering trains students to enhance the sustainability of urban systems and energy and water infrastructure that are challenged by rapid change and/or extreme events, including increased demand from growing populations, aging and deterioration, and climate variability related disasters.
Two tracks are available - the Civil Engineering track, and the Sustainable Environmental Engineering and Design track. Depending on the track they choose, students will focus on improving infrastructure resilience and the efficiency of water and energy use, integrating complex system analysis to enhance risk assessment and mitigation, utilizing technological innovation to minimize and mitigate the environmental impact of human activities, and finding multidisciplinary solutions to improve quality of life and evaluating the value of investments in infrastructure.
The program is available on a full or part-time basis and takes advantage of its location in Houston, Texas and the wide variety of industries in close proximity to the Rice campus. Rice actively engages with industry, building strong relationships that help students prepare for a challenging and rewarding career.
The program is geared toward students whose interests and abilities lie at the interface between traditional engineering and a desire for enhanced skills, necessary to tackle the complex and multi-disciplinary challenges of today. Graduates gain the competitive edge of an industry-relevant master's degree and grow in both their technical and leadership abilities.