A future for the past

Kevin Walsh and others in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences help Italian church communities address seismic risks.

Bell tower from church in Italy that researchers evaluated for vulnerabilities
NDSeed members at the entrance of a bridge the team built

Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences develops technologies that improve people’s well-being.

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placement rate for undergrads (have accepted full-time positions or are pursuing graduate studies)

Research Themes

Natural and Manmade Hazards
Civil Infrastructure
The Environment
Earth and Planet Systems
Fluid Flow and Transport


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H. Bolton Seed Medal

Patricia J. Culligan, dean of Notre Dame Engineering, receives 2021 H. Bolton Seed Medal for expanding boundaries of geoenvironmental and sustainability engineering

Patricia J. Culligan, professor of civil engineering and the Matthew H. McCloskey dean of Notre Dame’s College of …

Teagan Sweet and Frances Zengotita

Two Notre Dame graduate students receive DOE fellowships focused on clean nuclear energy

Teagan Sweet and Frances Zengotita have received graduate fellowships from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through …

Alexandros Taflanidis

Alexandros Taflanidis wins ASCE Huber Prize for using scientific computing to improve community resilience against hurricanes and earthquakes

Alexandros Taflanidis, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, has been awarded the 2021 …

David Richter

David Richter named ND Engineering’s 2021 Outstanding Teacher

David Richter, associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences (CEEES), is the recipient …

Diogo Bolster

Diogo Bolster to lead Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Diogo Bolster, professor and Notre Dame Chair in Hydrology, has been appointed as the Henry J. Massman Chair of the …

ASCE students holding up 1 finger on the steps in Stinson-Remick Atrium

ND students named champions of 2021 American Society of Civil Engineers Great Lakes Student Conference

The Notre Dame student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) received top honors in the 2021 ASCE …

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Civil & Environmental Engineering “big beam” lab in Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering.


Our faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students work on some of the world’s most challenging issues, including natural and manmade hazards; civil infrastructure; the environment; energy; water; and earth systems.

Students at all levels have opportunities to engage in research with significant practical and societal impact.

Undergraduate students are pictured exploring the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s East Side Access project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects underway in the United States

Undergraduate Programs

We offer undergraduate programs in Civil Engineering; Environmental Earth Sciences; and Environmental Engineering. As a student in one of these programs, you’ll be a part of a hands-on experience that involves field trips, undergraduate research, service projects, and national and regional project competitions.

Graduate student Sarah Hickam taking a closer look at samples in the ACE laboratory.

Graduate Programs

In our Ph.D. program, you’ll work with leading researchers in civil and environmental engineering, fluid dynamics, or earth sciences.

We also offer a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) graduate program designed to advance engineering professional practice.

Students observe tortoise on the Galapagos Island field trip

Field Trips

Field trips to places ranging from New Orleans and New York to the Midwest or Southwest U.S. and international locations (such as the Galapagos Islands) offer a first-hand look into your field of study and opportunities to meet and make connections with professionals in your field.

Spotlight on Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Fighting to Protect Our Community

Prof. Tracy Kijewski-Correa has studied the impact of natural disasters around the globe — from earthquakes and tsunamis to hurricanes.

She and her team built a platform that brings together all the critical information that first responders and urban planners need to protect their communities into one location.