Professor Metin Duran and a postdoctoral student work in the Environmental Biology lab.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is a dynamic scholarly community of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.

Our professors excel in both the classroom and laboratory in specialties including:   

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Construction Management

All Civil Engineering students are prepared to play vital roles in enhancing quality of life while protecting the environment and improving sustainability.

At a Glance

  • 19 Full-time faculty members (nearly 50% female)
  • 227 Civil Engineering undergraduates (42% female)
  • 59 Master’s students (Civil Engineering)
  • 28 Master’s students (Water Resources and Environmental Engineering)
  • 17 PhD students

The size of our department allows for a variety of hands-on research opportunities and the ability for focused faculty mentorship.



The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is closely associated with:

Villanova’s Center for Resilient Water Systems (VCRWS)

VCRWS is home to the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP) and several of the nation’s leading experts in the field of stormwater control management and green infrastructure.


Students at all levels are encouraged to pursue research in the areas of water resources and stormwater management, as well opportunities in:

  • Water Quality/Wastewater Treatment
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Transportation Systems
  • Structural Engineering

Among its facilities, the department boasts the impressive Richard K. Faris ’69 CE, ’70 MSCE Structural Engineering Teaching and Research Laboratory for testing of full-scale and component size infrastructure elements, and the new Transportation Simulation Laboratory that is part of the Advanced Simulation complex that is shared with the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Department Chair
Dr. Eric Musselman
Associate Professor



Prof. Frank Falcone

Frank Falcone Recognized with Outstanding Service to Engineering Award

The College of Engineering’s Director of Professional Development and Experiential Education, Frank E. Falcone ’70 CE, ’73 MSWREE, AP, PE, D.WRE, is the recipient of the 2021 Delaware Valley Engineers Week Outstanding Service to Engineering Award. He is lauded for his contributions to the engineering industry, Villanova University, the United States NAVY, a water resources master plan for Panama, the Institute for Environmental Engineering Research, and more.

Simulator Drives Research on Roadway Safety and Operation

Simulator Drives Research on Roadway Safety and Operation

The College of Engineering is home to a new state-of-the-art driving simulator that will allow researchers to explore and understand how people drive under various roadway and environmental conditions.

Dr. Metin Duran

Wastewater hazards in Southwest Florida spark environmental concern

Professor Metin Duran, Civil and Environmental Engineering, speaks to the potential impacts of millions of gallons of wastewater that spewed from a former fertilizer plan in Florida in April. Dr. Duran’s expertise is the biological processes of environmental engineering, including public health microbiology and biological processes for waste management.