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
  • 242 Civil Engineering undergraduates (40% female)
  • 47 Master’s students (Civil Engineering)
  • 34 Master’s students (Water Resources and Environmental Engineering)
  • 19 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

Virginia Smith Recognized by ASCE for Excellence in Teaching

Assistant Professor Virginia Smith was recognized with a 2021 ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The ASCE Committee on Faculty Development lauded her “outstanding teaching record, contributions to the academic and surrounding community, and proven commitment to education.”

Dr. Robert Traver

Engineers Worry Cities, Subway Networks Are Not Ready For Climate-Fueled Flooding | Here & Now, NPR, 8/9/21

Dr. Robert Traver, Civil and Environmental Engineering professor and director of the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems, spoke to NPR’s Here & Now about environmental crises that have underscored the need for engineering and urban design solutions for natural disasters turbo-charged by climate change.

Dr. Stephanie Walkup

Multiple Probes Underway As Rescue Efforts Continue At Site Of Condominium Collapse | NPR, 6/27/21

Villanova Civil Engineering professor Dr. Stephanie Walkup is an expert in collapse and failure analysis. She was interviewed by NPR and quoted by The Associated Press on the condominium collapse in Surfside, FL.