Reshaping the Plastic Lifecycle Into a Circle

360 million metric tonnes of new plastic was produced in 2018. Here’s where it all went, and why the world must transform plastic use from linear to circular.

Covestro LLC and University of Pittsburgh collaborate to establish groundbreaking Circular Economy Program

Collaboration will establish unique circular design curriculum for graduate and PhD students in the U.S.

Sustainable Agriculture from the Bottom Up

Pitt Researchers Receive $1.7MM to Rebalance the Nitrogen Cycle

Future-Proofing Infrastructure, Sustainably

Melissa Bilec Joins $2MM NSF-funded Project to Design Climate-Adaptive Infrastructure

Pitt’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation names Melissa Bilec as new Co-Director

Eric Beckman, founding co-director, to continue focus on innovation and translation programs

Visualizing Our City's Energy Use

Pitt Civil Engineers Use Pittsburgh to Create Energy Usage Model in Commercial Buildings

Eco-Village Seeks to Recirculate Pittsburgh’s Waste

Engineering undergrads hope to make Pittsburgh more sustainable through a community circular economy that optimizes waste management

Are Silver Nanoparticles a Silver Bullet Against Microbes?

Leanne Gilbertson’s group studies the mechanisms behind bacterial resistance to silver nanoparticles to determine if their ubiquitous use is a solution to the antimicrobial resistance challenge - or instead fueling the fire

Creating Cooler Cities

Pitt Civil Engineers Examine Urban Cooling Strategies Using Reflective Surfaces

Capturing the Huge Impacts of Tiny Organisms

Pitt Chemical Engineer Receives $315K from NSF to Replicate Microbial Systems

Self-Aware Materials for Living Structures

New Research in Nano Energy Introduces Revolutionary Scalable Material that Senses and Powers Itself

The Business of Bees

The Economic Value of Insect Pollination Services is Much Higher than Previously Thought in the U.S., New Research Finds

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The University of Pittsburgh is proud of its history and tradition in civil and environmental engineering education, reinforced by a faculty who are dedicated to their students. The curriculum prepares students to tackle today’s most eminent engineering, environmental and societal challenges.

Undergraduate and graduate students (M.S. and PhD) have the opportunity to study and conduct research in a diverse range of areas including structures, geotechnical and pavements, water resources, transportation, mining, environmental, water resources, sustainability and green design, and construction management. Graduates have become leaders in our profession, serving with government, private consulting firms and contractors as well as research in private industry and academic institutions.

The undergraduate curriculum culminates in a capstone design project which enables students to put into practice what they learned in the classroom, and offers a direct connection to local civil and environmental engineering professionals who consult with students throughout the semester.

The department employs world-class faculty and offers access to first-rate educational and research facilities and partnerships with industry. These provide the necessary edge for graduates to discover and pursue satisfying careers that have profound impact on current and future challenges for society. 

Please enjoy exploring and learning about our department. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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