Civil and Environmental Engineering

School of Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rensselaer's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering prepares students to provide for the world’s constructed facilities and the infrastructure on which modern civilization depends.

Rensselaer civil and environmental engineers develop a full range of skills in design, analysis, fabrication, communication, management, and teamwork. Rensselaer's civil and environmental engineering students are broadly trained and able to deal with the latest technologies. The growing panoply of sensors, instrumentation, intelligent facilities, and new materials highlights the high-tech character of the discipline, creating new educational challenges and redefining the skill set that civil and environmental engineers need to succeed.

Civil Engineering at Rensselaer has a long and distinguished history that dates back to 1835 when the Institute became the first U.S. school to issue a civil engineering degree. Early graduates include the builder of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Designer of the Ferris Wheel; 175 years later Rensselaer's civil and environmental engineers continue to be found at all levels in both private and public sectors throughout the world.

Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer has roots that date back to the late 1800s with a full degree program in environmental engineering introduced in the mid-1950s.

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Recent News

  • New Speakers Announced for Interdisciplinary Engineering and Climate Change Series at Rensselaer

    January 21, 2020 -

    TROY, N.Y.  – Indigenous perspectives on the intersection of human rights and the environment will be the focus of a free public discussion featuring Sachem HawkStorm, chief of the Schaghticoke First Nations, and Kasike Roberto Múkaro Borrero, chief of the Guainía Taíno tribal community, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Wednesday, January 22.

  • Some Online Shoppers Willing to Try New Systems, But Wary of Workplace Delivery

    December 16, 2019 -

    TROY, N.Y. — Cardboard boxes being delivered to homes and businesses — one, two, even three packages at a time — are as ubiquitous as holiday lights this time of year. While most people enjoy giving and receiving gifts throughout the season, there’s increasing concern over the rise in congestion, emissions, and energy consumption associated with an influx of deliveries.

    A new survey conducted by a research team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute indicates that some online shoppers are open to receiving packages in another way, if it would help offset this growing problem.

  • Rensselaer To Host Yearlong Climate Change Speaker Series

    September 16, 2019 -

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host a speaker series throughout this academic year examining the effects of human activity on climate, the changing climate’s impact on humans, and the action needed to address such a complex issue.