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Michael Celia
Michael Celia

Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Princeton Environmental Institute

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

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Teacher Award, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University, 2017
  • Elected to the US National Academy of Engineering, 2016 (Citation: For contributions to the development of subsurface flow and transport models in groundwater remediation and CO2 sequestration)
  • 2015 Argyris Visiting Professorship awarded by the University of Stuttgart, including the inaugural Argyris Honorary Lecture, to be given 8 July 2015
  • 2014 Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, International Society of Porous Media (Interpore), presented May 2014
  • 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 Practical Models for 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 Interests

  • Modeling flow in porous media
  • Geological storage as a carbon mitigation option
  • Ecohydrology
  • Ground-water hydrology
  • Subsurface contaminant transport
  • Multiphase flow physics

Updated: May 3, 2019