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For Prospective Grad Students

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton is a small, dynamic department that provides strong classroom education, exciting research opportunities, and an outstanding university environment. Our faculty members are world renowned for their research in areas of national and international importance, including carbon mitigation and climate change impacts, design and analysis of structures under extreme loading, ecohydrology of water-limited ecosystems with a focus on water in sub-Saharan Africa, development of new environmental sensor networks, advanced materials for civil engineering applications, biogeochemistry of wetlands and riparian environments, and retrospective analysis of structures with a focus on design, form, and function. In a recent ranking of faculty scholarly productivity involving more than 350 PhD granting institutions in the United States, Princeton's CEE department ranked first in both the Civil Engineering category and the Environmental Engineering category. Graduate students in CEE work closely with their faculty advisors, as well as other faculty and research staff in CEE and in other departments and programs. The CEE Department has cooperative research and educational programs with the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Woodrow Wilson School for Public Policy and International Affairs, The School of Architecture, The Princeton Materials Institute, The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and several departments including the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Geosciences. All of our students are educated deeply in their areas of expertise, but are also given many opportunities to broaden their education through our campus-wide collaborations and programs. Our graduate students are always given the opportunity to take full advantage of all that Princeton University has to offer. This includes not only the resources and offerings of our dynamic and growing department, in which we focus on the most important scientific and technical challenges that society faces, but also the full offerings of one of the world's great institutions of higher learning.  Princeton, especially the CEE Department, is truly an exciting place for graduate studies!

If you find the idea of joining the CEE Department at Princeton attractive, I encourage you to consider applying for graduate studies. We offer both Masters and PhD degrees, and we are always interested in applications from outstanding students. We currently have a terrific group of graduate students and we would welcome the opportunity to review your applications materials. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (, our Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Peter Jaffe ( or any of our faculty. Thank you for your interest in our department.

Professor James A. Smith
Chair of CEE