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



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Faculty Awarded VITAL Minigrants to Improve Engineering Courses and Learning Outcomes

Faculty in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering have been awarded minigrants from the Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning to develop and improve new and existing courses for undergraduates and graduate students.

When litter in the river isn’t the only reason the Schuylkill is trashier | WHYY, 10/17/20

When litter in the river isn’t the only reason the Schuylkill is trashier | WHYY, 10/17/20

Drs. Andrea Welker and Robert Traver, stormwater experts in Villanova’s Center for Resilient Water Systems, were interviewed on WHYY radio about the trash in the river. What they noted is that the problem with river health isn’t the trash as much as it is the floodwaters that transport it.

Dr. Bridget Wadzuk Named Daylor Chair in Civil Engineering

Dr. Bridget Wadzuk Named Daylor Chair in Civil Engineering

Committed to “resolving environmental justice issues with resilient engineering solutions,” Professor Bridget Wadzuk looks forward to using the resources of the endowed chair to apply machine learning to stormwater design and integrate stormwater into food-energy-water nexus solutions.