University of Vermont

Civil & Environmental Engineering

About CEE


To promote and cultivate excellence in engineering innovation and leadership to serve and benefit the local and global community.

We aspire to take pride in:

  • the personal, experiential, professional learning we provide to our students;
  • our excellence in research and education that address critical engineering challenges; and
  • being a technical resource for and of the state of Vermont.

Our History

Civil and environmental engineering (CEE) has a long and significant history at the University of Vermont (UVM). The first civil engineering professor (George Russell Huntington – Professor of Mathematics and Civil Engineering) was hired in 1829. This was at a time when there was a common university core, and civil engineering was indeed part of that core. For over 180 years, UVM has been graduating civil engineers who have been critical for the economic and social well being of the State and beyond. At the undergraduate level, the civil engineering program has been continually accredited since 1936 and the environmental engineering program has been continually accredited since 2005. The first MS degree awarded at UVM in any area was in 1874 to civil engineer, Charles Simeon Denison, who later became a professor of mechanical drawing at the University of Michigan. CEE doctoral program was implemented in 1992, and the first PhD student graduated in 1994.

CEE Accreditation

Both our Civil and Environmental Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012