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Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Email: ceees@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-5380

Office: 156 Fitzpatrick Hall



Summary of Activities/Interests

In 1873 the University of Notre Dame responded to the burgeoning need for surveyors and designers of railroads, bridges, and roads by adding a program in civil engineering to the curriculum. In fact, Notre Dame was the first Catholic university in the country to offer formal courses in engineering. Today we are still responding to the needs of society. Blending traditional disciplines of engineering and science, we offer outstanding educational programs for our students so that they may become the future leaders in the design, construction, and protection of our civil infrastructure and in the understanding, management, and remediation of the environment.

The areas upon which we focus are structural engineering, environmental geosciences, environmental gluid dynamics, and environmental engineering. Many of our activities stress a reliance upon modeling, ranging from the molecular to the global scale; an underpinning based upon knowledge of the behavior of complex materials ... such as nanoparticles, minerals, rocks, and bacterial surfaces ... under a wide range of environmental conditions; and utilization of advanced information technologies, such as algorithm development, embedded sensors, detectors, and communications,  to support research and education. Our interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues provides novel opportunities for faculty and student research throughout the University. Our department includes several research centers, the most recent additions being the Midwest Isotope and Trace Element Research Analytical Center (MITERAC), and the $18.5M Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.