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Departmental Research

Faculty, research staff, and students in the CEE Department work on research problems that span a wide range of the civil and environmental engineering field. Many of these problems are 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, hydrology and biogeochemistry of wetlands and riparian environments, and retrospective analysis of structures with a focus on design, form, and function. Most faculty members in CEE have strong research collaborations with colleagues from other departments, school, and programs within Princeton, as well as collaborators outside the university. The CEE Department has cooperative research and educational programs with the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, The School of Architecture, The Princeton Institute for the Science and Engineering of Materials, The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and many departments including key collaborations with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Geosciences. Overall, we stress interdisciplinary approaches to both research and education, and have a strong mixture of applied and theoretical research driven by the need for solutions to large societal problems.

Details about research areas and specific projects can be found on the home pages of individual faculty members and faculty groups. These include the following pages:

Environmental Engineering & Water Resources:

Atmospheric Chemistry and Composition Group (Professor Mark Zondlo)
Atmospheric Modeling and Policy (Professor Denise L. Mauzerall)
Environmental Biogeochemistry Research Group (Professor Peter Jaffe)
Environmental Fluid Mechanics Research Group (Professor Elie Bou-Zeid)
Environmental Geochemistry Lab (Professor Catherine Peters)
Hydrometeorology Research Group (Professor James Smith)
Interfacial Water Group (Professor Ian Bourg)
Porporato's Research Group (Professor Amilcare Porporato)
Subsurface Hydrology Research Group (Professor Michael Celia)
The Princeton WET LAB (Professor Z. Jason Ren)

Mechanics, Materials & Structures:

Materials Research Group (Professor George Scherer, Emeritus) 
Structural Form-Finding Lab (Professor Sigrid Adriaenssens)
Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) Lab (Professor Branko Glisic)
Sustainable Cements Group (Professor Claire White)