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Welcome to the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston. We are located in Houston, Texas; a city with one of the highest concentrations of civil and environmental engineering companies in the country. Our educational programs offer unique opportunities for a successful career start. The Department has approximately 234 undergraduates and 182 graduate students pursuing BSCE, MS, MCE and PhD degrees in civil and environmental engineering.

Latest News

Daniel Araya, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, demonstrates how his wind tunnel can generate electricity. Photo courtesy of Michael Ciaglo, Houston Chronicle Staff

Clean energy research in the UH Cullen College of Engineering was the subject of a front page story in last Sunday's Houston Chronicle, which explores why the city of Houston is failing to draw new tech ventures for a world shifting away from the use of fossil fuels.

Is Houston Missing the Next Energy Wave? Houston Chronicle Features the UH Engineers Who Are On the Case

UH civil and environmental engineering Professor Craig Glennie assisted in a new U.S. Geological Survey-led study that finds deformation below the Earth’s surface caused by earthquakes is expressed much differently than displacement at the surface.

Harvesting Earthquake Fault Slip From Laser Images of Napa's Vineyards
 Egor Dontsov with some shale

In the world of hydraulic fracturing, where subterranean fractures are forced open to extract oil or gas, much is done before the drill meets the earth. Research to pinpoint the ideal extraction spot would be impossible if it had to be conducted 1-2 miles down in the Earth’s core.

Egor Dontsov: Tips for the Fracking Industry

Faculty Accolades

UH engineering professors Mina Dawood, far left, and Roberto Ballarini, Thomas Hsu, last two on far right, with Shyh-Jiann Hwang, NCREE deputy director and Kuo-Chun Chang, NCREE director general, at the signing ceremony..

Continuing a successful 15-year-long partnership, the UH Cullen College’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) has renewed its collaborative agreement with the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE) in Taipei, Taiwan for another five years.

Designing Safety: Cullen College and Taipei Center Renew Agreement to Improve Seismic Performance of Infrastructures
 Egor Dontsov with some shale

In the world of hydraulic fracturing, where subterranean fractures are forced open to extract oil or gas, much is done before the drill meets the earth. Research to pinpoint the ideal extraction spot would be impossible if it had to be conducted 1-2 miles down in the Earth’s core.

Egor Dontsov: Tips for the Fracking Industry

Student Success

 (l-r)  Keh-Han Wang, UH professor of CEE and director of the civil engineering graduate program, UH's Roberto Ballarini, Thomas and Laura Hsu Professor and department chair and Yuqing Sun, DMU president

In April, representatives of the University of Houston’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) traveled to Dalian Maritime University (DMU) in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, to write and sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will bring what is expected to be a continuous stream of DMU students to CEE’s M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

Cullen College of Engineering Joins Forces With Maritime University
Aparna Balasubramani in a familiar environment, near the water

Environmental engineering Ph.D. candidate Aparna Balasubramani has found that carbon nanotubes may be the one of the best ways to stop poisonous polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, from entering waterways.

Aparna Balasubramani: Cleaning the Environment and Sweeping Awards

Academy of Distinguished Civil & Environmental Engineers

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