Quick Facts

Full-time faculty: 12
Undergraduate students: 109
Graduate students: 53
Annual research expenditures: $2.7 million

Research Areas

Labs, Centers & Institutes

  • Center for Intelligent Systems Research
  • Traffic & Networks Research Lab
  • Driving Simulation Lab
  • Truck Driving Simulation Lab
  • Virtual Reality Lab
  • Cooperative Vehicle Systems Lab
  • Earthquake Engineering & Structures Lab
  • Environmental Engineering Lab
  • Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics Lab
  • Soil Mechanics Lab
  • Structural Testing & Material Science Lab

Quick Facts

CEE at a Glance

Degrees And Programs

Points Of Pride

The physical infrastructure of modern civilization is conceived and realized by civil and environmental engineers, and GW's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering contributes to these advances and improvements in our infrastructure through a wide range of research activities.

Researchers at the Center for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR) are working to make driving safer and less frustrating by helping develop intelligent transportation systems that will allow more vehicles to pass through a single lane while reducing accidents.  By better understanding traffic flow theory, driver/pedestrian behavior, and evacuation modeling, the difficulties of driving on our increasingly congested road will be eased.

Environmental engineering faculty and students use one of the world's largest wastewater treatment plants as a real-world laboratory to improve the water quality of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  They also investigate techniques and processes to create beneficial reuse of wastewater.

Faculty and student researchers are using GW's earthquake simulator to study how buildings and bridges react to earthquakes of various magnitudes.  By combining analytical and experimental investigation, they provide important test data to validate and calibrate analytical tools that will be used by engineers to improve the design of future structures.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering department is a member of Team Capitol DC, a consortium of area schools that won a coveted spot as one of only 20 teams selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to compete in its 2013 Solar Decathlon competition. Students and faculty worked with teammates across an array of disciplines to build a solar house for the competition.

Students in the department helped form a GW chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which works to address basic human needs by providing clean water, power, sanitation, and education.  The GW team has worked on projects both domestically and in La Pena, El Salvador, giving students real-world engineering experiences.


2014-2015 annual student enrollment and graduation data

Total Undergraduate Enrollment:    129
Graduation in spring 2013:               21