Life in the 21st century does not come without challenges. Natural disasters, aging infrastructure, and climate change produce very real problems for people the world over. As scientists, we study these issues to improve our knowledge and understanding. As engineers, we design and implement solutions that work in real-time.
Our research is broad and interdisciplinary. We believe that the best solutions come from unconventional collaborations - across disciplines, across departments, and across the spectrum of science and humanities.
Members of the civil and environmental engineering department at Rice have led the development of several interdisciplinary research centers, including the NSF Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT), the Brine Chemistry Consortium, and the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center.
Rice CEE faculty are highly productive and well-known worldwide. Our faculty rank among the top 10 most productive in the United States* among all civil engineering and all environmental engineering Ph.D. programs, as shown by the number of publications and accolades attributed to them, as well as the amount of funding they receive.
*Based on Academic Analytics Scholarly Research Index (SRI) as of AAD2016, March 27, 2018.