Many universities separate the disciplines of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering. Here at Drexel, we fold them together into one unified department because we believe that’s what produces the best engineer. Our CAEEs are the public face of engineering, overseeing projects and design solutions that are most often encountered in the public sphere – water reclamation systems, bridges, dams, roads and highways, structural systems for “green” buildings, air pollution mitigation systems. We differ from other engineering fields because our solutions are not mass-produced. They are usually “one-off” projects deployed under highly variable conditions. Sustainability and resilience are primary concerns. The natural environment is a dominant player in any design solution. And our graduates need to interact well with diverse stakeholders.
The Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering offers three BS program degrees in Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, with multiple hands-on research opportunities and co-ops both here and abroad. Those who qualify can pursue a five-year BS/MS degree. Students also have the opportunity to earn dual degrees. CAEE offers Masters and PhD tracks in all three programs.
Envision and construct the systems and design of safe, economic and environmentally sound buildings and their operations.
Work on design solutions in the public sphere or in critical infrastructure, including water systems, bridges, roads, structural systems, green buildings, pollution mitigation and public transit.
Improve quality of life and protect humans and environments from the effects of industry or climate change through sustainability, air, water and waste treatment, pollution control and more.
Take on the advanced needs and requirements of the complex systems in today’s building design.
Address challenges relating to infrastructure, sustainability, and issues around climate change, pollution, water management and air quality.
Work to create systems and policies that control, reduce or eliminate harmful impact on animals, plants, humans and the surroundings.
Learn and research at the forefront of architectural and building design and systems.
Take on emerging topics in design, construction, and advances in the fields of civil engineering.
Lead advancements in the processes and policies required for a more sustainable existence.