Civil and Environmental Engineers have always been actively engaged in improving our standard of living throughout the modern history of the world by analyzing, designing, constructing, managing and preserving our natural and built infrastructure. The work of civil and environmental engineers is evident everywhere — in the buidling we live in, roads and bridges we travel on, in systems that provide us clean water and process waste, in projecting our natural systems such as wetlands, in treating contamination and reducing air pollution, in developing sustainable energy and green materials  technologies, in disaster recoveries, and much more.

Empowering students to make the world a better place

The department places an emphasis on rigorous technical education and social awareness, preparing students to become engineering leaders and innovators who are empowered to make the world a better place for all. We educate our students to develop sustainable systemic solutions that consider short and long-term environmental, social, political, regulatory and economic issues while identifying, defining and solving engineering problems. We instill in our students essential skills such as critical thinking, data analysis and modeling, use of information and advanced engineering technology, and interpersonal communication (e.g. teamwork, technical writing, presentation and deliberation skills, communicating with stake holders, including people with non-technical backgrounds) through project-based service learning.

UVM Olympians atterson siblings (above), cross-country skiers Scott '14 and Caitlin '12.
Rounding out UVM's representation on Team U.S.A. are the Patterson siblings, cross-country skiers Scott '14 and Caitlin '12. Caitlin is remembered as an outstanding environmental engineering student. Both recently scored national titles at the 2018 L.L. Bean U.S. Cross Country National Championships, and both were Nordic skiers in Vermont. Said Coach Patrick Weaver of Caitlin, "She just has an incredibly hard work ethic." A record number of athletes continue UVM's remarkable Olympic run.

Donna Rizzo featured in Summit Magazine

Check out the Fall 2017 issue of the CEMS magazine Summit for articles about outstanding Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty, including Donna Rizzo, Lisa Aultman-Hall and George Pinder.

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Access to Professional Organizations

We are dedicated to the professional development of students enrolled in the Civil and Environmental Engineering programs. Read more about the American Society of Civil Engineers

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Opportunities for Students to Make a Difference

Engineers Without Borders USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects.