Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

In 1905, when Villanova University established what was then known as the School of Technology, it enrolled 12 students in programs in Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Today, the Civil and Environmental Engineering department offers a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering and an MS in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. All 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 closely associated with Villanova’s Center for Resilient Water Systems, which is home to the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership 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 these areas, as well opportunities in:

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


NEWS

  • Professors’ Novel Research Methods Rank Roadway Risk Factors

    Professors’ Novel Research Methods Rank Roadway Risk Factors

    Drs. Seri Park and Virginia Smith in the Department of Civil Engineering published “Exploring Spatial Relationship between Roadway Safety and Wet Condition Risk Factors Based on Systemic Safety Analysis Approach” in the August 2018 issue of the Journal of Infrastructure Systems. Their findings revealed correlations that may be used to identify areas of high crash risk in existing roadway infrastructure and thus improve safety countermeasures. read more

  • NSF Grant Supports Faculty Research on Contaminants’ Migration

    NSF Grant Supports Faculty Research on Contaminants’ Migration

    Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Kristin Sample-Lord, PhD, has received a National Science Foundation grant to advance the understanding of coupled thermal-hydraulic-chemical behavior of bentonite, a high-swelling clay, which is critical to addressing the challenges of growing energy demand and environmental protection. read more

  • Villanova Engineers Share Stormwater Expertise in China

    Villanova Engineers Share Stormwater Expertise in China

    Drs. Bridget Wadzuk and Robert Traver of the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems, recently visited China where they participated in the first International Academic Conference on Sponge City Construction. read more

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Shawn Gross, Professor

Chair
Dr. Shawn Gross, Associate Professor
610-519-5390

Fast Facts:

17

Full-time faculty

221

CEE undergraduates

75

Master's students (Civil Engineering)

32

Masters Students (Water Resources and Environmental  Engineering)

17

PhD students