Duke CEE at a Glance

About Our department

Mission: The mission of Duke’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program is to investigate, develop, and impart fundamental and advanced engineering knowledge relevant to the field of civil and environmental engineering and emerging global and national challenges. From a foundation of core technical knowledge and inquiry we provide an experiential exposure to innovative problem solving, research, leadership, and creativity that prepares our graduates for a successful career.


  • #6 in the U.S./#11 in the world in environmental science & engineering in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking)
  • #15 among environmental engineering programs by the U.S. News & World Report 2017 graduate school rankings
  • #27 among civil engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report 2017 graduate school rankings
  • Pratt is listed in the Top 10 Graduate Engineering Programs Popular with Women (U.S. News & World Report)

Facts & stats

  • 18 tenured and tenure-track faculty
  • $11.75 million in new research awards, FY 2016
  • 55 PhD students
  • 13 Master's students
  • 45 Undergraduate students
  • 12 BSE degrees 2016 (May graduates only, CEE first major)


Our department offers Bachelor of Science degrees with majors in civil engineering (with study tracks in structural engineering or environmental engineering and water resource) and environmental engineering; and undergraduate certificates in architectural engineering, and energy and the environment studies. We offer industry-focused Master of Engineering programs on either civil or environmental engineering, and a research-focused Master of Science and doctoral program. Our students are sought after for positions in industry, government, non-profits and academia.


Duke’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering encompasses an extraordinary team of faculty conducting research on topics such as the environmental effects of nanotechnology, engineered microbial systems, water resources, hydrometeorology, computational mechanics, geomechanical modeling and characterization and more.

CEE faculty participate in the following Centers and Institutes: