Facts and Figures


years of research and education

Northwestern’s Department of Civil Engineering was instituted in 1926.


National Academy of Engineering members

including two who are also National Academy of Sciences members


Young Investigator Awards

the National Science Foundation’s highest honor to outstanding researchers

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Research Areas

Systems challenges require systems thinking

Our department is moving beyond the traditional civil and environmental domains to emphasize connections between subdisciplines and promote innovation. Through this unique perspective, we are developing the tools and processes to interrogate complex systems and develop the disruptive technologies needed for a healthy and prosperous future.

Featured Program

Architectural Engineering and Design Certificate Program

Northwestern's innovative Architectural Engineering and Design (AE&D) program works closely with a wide variety of Chicago-based firms. Together, we have developed a program that blends architectural principles and state of the art engineering to prepare uniquely visionary whole-brain engineers. 

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Preparing the leaders of the 21st century

Through analysis and design, civil and environmental engineers build and protect adaptive and resilient cities while protecting and restoring the natural environment. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering empowers students with the technical, design, and management skills that are essential to many career paths, including business, consulting, policy, law, public health, construction, and structural analysis, and design.

Department News

Fate of Microplastics in Rivers

Fate of Microplastics in Rivers: Prof. Aaron Packman’s research is the cover feature in Environmental Science & Technology Letters

University Life No Stranger to Times of Change

Northwestern Engineering alumnus tells how 2020 is not the first time that life at Northwestern has undergone disruption, with the post-World War II enrollment boom prompting construction of nearly 100 Quonset huts on campus.

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