Skip over navigation
Michael Celia
Michael Celia

Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Progam in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1983
M.A., Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1981
M.S., Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1979
B.S., Civil Engineering, Lafayette College, 1978

Room: E409 Engineering Quad
Phone: 609-258-5425

Webpage: Subsurface Hydrology Research Group

Curriculum Vitae

Short Bio

Presentations and Other Materials

Honors and Awards

  • Hydrology Days Award, 2012
  • EWRI Pioneers in Groundwater Lecturer, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2010
  • Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2008
  • Darcy Lecturer, National Ground Water Association, 2008 (Lecture Title: Geological Storage as a Carbon Mitigation Option), the lecture was given at 52 different venues in 12 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia
  • Engineering Council Award for Outstanding Teaching, Princeton University, 2008
  • One of many IPCC contributing authors who share in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize (Contributing author to IPCC Working Group III Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage)
  • Hydrologic Sciences Award, American Geophysical Union, 2005 (Award citation: "For fundamental research contributions to subsurface hyrology and numerical methods in water resources, and for providing a model of Academia at its best")

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)
  • Associated Faculty, Department of Geosciences


  • CEE302: Advanced Analysis of Environmental Systems
  • CEE525: Applied Numerical Methods
  • CEE581: Theory of Groundwater Flow
  • CEE599: Special Topics in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources-Carbon Capture and Geologic Sequestration
  • CEE600: Mathematical Methods for Environmental Transport Problems


Research Areas

  • Carbon Mitigation and Sustainability
  • Ecohydrology
  • Environmental Engineering and Water Resources
  • Geological Sequestration of CO2
  • Subsurface Hydrology

Research Interests

Professor Celia’s areas of research include ground-water hydrology, multi-phase flow in porous media, numerical modeling, contaminant transport simulation, and ecohydrology.   Ongoing projects include development of new simulation tools to model CO2 injection, migration, and leakage; studies of multi-phase flow and transport in porous media with a focus on multi-scale models, hysteresis, and phase trapping; and the nexus between water and energy and the implication for sustainable development.   The carbon work is art of a large multi-disciplinary effort at Princeton known as the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, which is part of the Princeton Environmental Institute.  

Revised: November 9, 2012