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


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Shawn Gross, Professor

Dr. Shawn Gross, Associate Professor

Fast Facts:


Full-time faculty


CEE undergraduates


Master's students (Civil Engineering)


Masters Students (Water Resources and Environmental  Engineering)


PhD students