About us

Everywhere you look, you’ll see the work of civil and environmental engineers. They are responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of our infrastructure, from the roads we travel to the drinking water we get from our taps, from tunnels and airports to stadiums and skyscrapers. With employment growth projected at nearly 20 percent before 2020, it’s no wonder both CNN Money and U.S. News & World Report rank the civil and environmental engineering profession among the country’s best career options.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has an active research program with diverse projects funded by federal, state and local governments, as well as private corporations. Our civil and environmental engineering faculty members are leading urban renewal in Detroit and beyond. Some are helping ensure a safe, sustainable water supply; others are testing the structural integrity of our state’s roadways. Professors Shawn McElmurry, and Tapan Datta, for instance, are working to assist MDOT with identifying a broad range of roadside functions and values to support integrated decision-making and policy-level considerations for right-of-way use.

Students have opportunities to join Wayne State’s nationally competitive teams in the ASCE Concrete Canoe and ASCE/AISC Steel Bridge design contests, or give back to the community through local adopt-a-beach initiatives, high school tutoring and worldwide disaster relief programs.