Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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What is Civil and Environmental Engineering?

Civil engineers design, construct and protect the physical and natural built environment, including roads, bridges, canals, dams, buildings and water treatment plants. Civil engineers are needed to provide the world with clean water and safe infrastructure.  At Villanova University College of Engineering, faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering prepare students to play a vital role in improving quality of life while protecting the environment and improving sustainability.

Why Villanova?

At Villanova University, civil and environmental engineering undergraduates and graduate students enjoy small class sizes, practical, hands-on experiences, and the attention of professors who are fully committed to your success. 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 a Traffic Simulation laboratory including SYNCHRO, VISSIM/VISUM and PARAMICS capabilities. The Civil and Environmental Engineering department is also home to several of the nation’s leading experts in the field of stormwater control management and green infrastructure. Other areas of research include:

  • Concrete Structures
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Pavement Design and Construction
  • River Dynamics
  • Water Quality/Wastewater Treatment

After Earning Your Degree

U.S. News & World Report ranks “Civil Engineer” #39 on its 2018 list of the 100 Best Jobs and #9 on their list of the Best STEM Jobs. Civil engineers and environmental engineers rank among the “100 Best Jobs” and the top 25 “Best STEM Jobs,” according to U.S. News & World Report (2017). Civil engineers also account for the most jobs of any engineering field and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts continued growth.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016), median annual pay for civil engineers was $83,540 and $84,890 for environmental engineers. The average starting salary for Villanova civil engineering undergraduates was $60,085 (2017).

Recent Villanova bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates are employed as:

  • Civil engineers
  • Field engineers
  • Project engineers
  • Site engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Water resource engineers
  • Highway engineers

With companies, including: 

  • Skanska USA  
  • Kiewit       
  • Dewberry
  • AKRF
  • City of Philadelphia
  • Urban Engineers
  • WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Shawn Gross, Professor

Dr. Shawn Gross, Associate Professor

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Full-time faculty


CEE undergraduates


Master's students (Civil Engineering)


Masters Students (Water Resources and Environmental  Engineering)


PhD students