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The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering department prepares students for the challenges they will face in designing and building solutions for society. We are leaders in innovative approaches and methods across the areas of construction, environmental, geotechnical, materials, structural, transportation and water resources.  
Aligned with its land-grant mission, the department provides educational excellence, supported by research synergies, innovation and outreach. We plan, design, construct, maintain, and operate infrastructure to support civilization and sustain society and prepare nationally competitive undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers. 
The profession also embraces new technologies such as nanotechnology, smart materials, sensors, etc. that are introduced into engineering and construction projects to improve reliability, cost effectiveness and quality of life.

Degrees Offered

The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department offers several degrees including:

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering
  • B.S. in Construction Engineering
  • B.S. in Construction Management
  • B.S. in Environmental Engineering
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering
  • M.S. in Construction Management
  • Master of Construction Management
  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Engineering

The curriculum is designed to give students a strong mathematical, scientific and engineering background in all of the areas of the field. At the same time it provides students with an opportunity to place further emphasis on their chosen areas through technical electives.

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Department News

CCEE News – January 11, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Wenjie Xia (CPI) on his new research grant funded by the U.S. Navy (total $4,726,763, 12/1/2021 - 11/30/2024). The title of the project is “Understanding the Principles of Solid Shedding Surfaces - Phase II.” Dr. Xia will collaborate with Dean Webster (PI, Coatings & Polymeric Materials), Andrew Croll (CPI, Physics), and Bakhtiyor Rasulev (CPI, Coatings & Polymeric Materials), as well as a research group from the University of Michigan.

CCEE News – December 7, 2021
Congratulations to Drs. Wenjie Xia, Ying Huang, Mijia Yang, Kalpana Katti, and Dinesh Katti on their new research grants!

  • Wenjie Xia (PI). Collaborative Research: Multiscale Mechanics of Adsorption-Deformation Coupling in Soft Nanoporous Materials. $206,661 from the National Science Foundation. 07/01/2021 – 06/30/2024.
  • Ying Huang (PI). RII Track-2 FEC: Artificial Intelligence on Sustainable Energy Infrastructure Network (AI SUSTEIN) and Beyond towards Industries of the Future. $5,977,484 from the National Science Foundation. 09/01/2021 – 08/31/2025.
  • Mijia Yang (PI). Solar snow fence. $10,008 from the National Academies. 12/1/2021 - 11/30/2022.
  • Kalpana Katti (PI), Dinesh R Katti (CPI). Prostate Cancer Bone Metastasis Testbed for Regenerative Bone Therapies for Bone Metastasis. $75,000 from the National Institutes of Health. 09/01/2021 – 08/31/2022.

CCEE News – November 10, 2021
Danielle Peltier, Hannah Patenaude, Kjersten Winkelman, and Rachel Kawleski (all seniors) in Civil Engineering have won the Environmental Challenge Design Completion organized by Air and Waste Management Association-Upper Midwest Section (AWMA-UMS) and Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA)-Minnesota Section. The team was placed first for their futuristic design of a treatment system to treat PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, an emerging environmental contaminant of concern) present in landfill leachate and their presentation titled “Looking Ahead: A Sustainable Approach to PFAS Treatment”. Drs. Syeed Md Iskander and Achintya Bezbaruah served as their NDSU mentors and Brian Hiles (Ulteig Engineering) was their industry consultant. The first place winning NDSU team will receive citations for their excellent work and $1,500 in prize money. Congratulations to Danielle, Hannah, Kjersten, and Rachel, as well as their mentors/consultant Dr. Iskander, Dr. Bezbaruah, and Brian!

CCEE News – November 4, 2021
Rui Miao, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Yao Yu’s group, has been selected to receive the 2021 Cutting Edge Scholarship ($1,000) to cover the expenses to attend the Cutting Edge Conference organized by North American Tunneling Journal and the Underground Construction Association, a division of Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME). The conference will be in Dallas, Texas on November 15-17, 2021.
Congratulations to Rui Miao and his advisor, Dr. Yao Yu!

CCEE News – November 3, 2021
Biraj Saha, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Syeed Iskander’s group, won an essay competition and received a full scholarship to participate in the International Solid Waste Association-Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (ISWA-SWIS) Winter School from January 17 to January 28, 2022 at the University of Texas at Arlington. He will receive training in Solid Waste Management technologies at that time.
Congratulations to Biraj and his advisor, Dr. Syeed Iskander!


CCEE News - October 28, 2021
Congratulations to our Heavy/Civil team, including Justin Heimkes, Kaleb Flaagan, Levi Kuschel, Carlie Ripley, and Dayton Gonyea, as well as their faculty advisor Dr. Aziz Banawi, who won the 1st Place in the 2021 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Competition held in Nebraska City, NE on October 24 - 27, 2021. The team also won $1,000 for next year’s ASC Competition. The project involved several areas of heavy civil construction: design and design management, maintenance of traffic, drainage and E&S control install, MSE walls and embankment, bridge construction, and site paving and finishing. The team demonstrated full knowledge of the plans and specifications, construction methods, scheduling techniques, estimating, risk identification and communication skills.

CCEE News – October 18, 2021
Four students from Dr. Syeed Iskander’s group (two undergraduate and two graduate students) participated in the Annual ND Water and Pollution Control Conference and all of them won awards for their poster presentations.YP Poster Competition: Biraj Saha (1st), Ryan Anderson (2nd), Himani Yadav (3rd).AWWA’s Fresh Ideas Poster Competition: Kira Elisaon (winner). Kira will receive free registration for the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition in San Antonio, TX next June and $1,500 toward travel to the conference from the ND American Water Works Association.Congratulations to the four students and their advisor, Dr. Syeed Iskander!

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