In addition to offering its students the means to excel in their fields, the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering, through the combined expertise of its faculty and breadth of research programs, provides a unique opportunity to its students to acquire knowledge across the three disciplines and build capability to address complex cross-disciplinary problems.

We aspire to give our studnts the knowledge required to face future challenges in the design, construction and monitoring of urban/interconnected infrastructure systems, sustainable environmental systems, resilient coastal communities, and oceanic systems through rigorous and flexible curricula, advanced research programs, and extra-curricular activities.

In the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, our mission is to:

  • Provide students with vibrant and diverse degree programs built upon rigorous course offerings, hands-on experience, and opportunities for professional development.
  • Instill creativity and innovation in the drive of our graduates to solve real-world problems.
  • Perform discovery research to address future challenges.
  • Set our graduates on the path to become leaders in their fields.

Message from the Chair

Muhammad Hajj

Muhammad Hajj, Chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering (CEOE).

Although founded in 1981 as an independent department, CEOE’s legacy within Stevens dates back to 1871, when one of the Institute's first faculty, DeVolson Wood, a Professor of Mathematics, was responsible for providing instruction in civil engineering topics. We are proud of this legacy and the achievements of our alumni, and our former faculty and staff members over the years. We are also very appreciative of the efforts of the many who have supported us and continue to do so by serving on advisory committees, mentoring our students, hiring our graduates, or staying in touch.

We are equally proud of the current students, staff and faculty members who exemplify the department’s future. The continued success of our graduates, the quality of our staff, and the recognitions and efforts of our faculty are impressive.

In 2018, I started my tenure as chair with the department in a position of strength. We offer excellent undergraduate programs with an impressive percentage (~100%) of students landing jobs before they graduate. All of our senior design projects are sponsored and mentored by industry members. Our civil engineering program is ranked #1 in the nation by when it comes to the median salary after graduation. Our naval engineering students receive two or three offers six months before graduating. Our environmental engineering graduates also enjoy strong demand for their unique skill set.

Our diverse master’s degree programs have given professionals from around the globe opportunities to advance their careers. Our teams of students and faculty members continue to win prestigious regional and national awards.

The impact of our research in some fields is beyond expectations. We maintain a unique, fully automated, flood advisory system that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and provides a four-day prediction of local storm surges and river water levels along the shores of New Jersey and New York. We continue to support testing and simulation of marine systems that have resulted in many full-scale prototypes. We are designing and deploying prototype units that breakdown hazardous wastes into harmless substances and developing disruptive technologies to reuse waste product to generate energy, which shows the strength and impact of our environmental engineering and sustainability programs. With the hiring of seven junior faculty members over the past two years, we have significantly expanded the department’s research portfolio.

Our achievements and metrics continue to improve. With the support of the NY/NJ Port Authority, we are moving forward with the transition of our flood advisory system from a designated supercomputer to the cloud. Many faculty members are applying data science tools to advance the design, construction, and maintenance of smart, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure systems, and to enhance computational capabilities to predict low-probability high-consequence events. We have strengthened our capabilities in structures and materials, marine energy conversion and coastal hydrodynamics. Between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, the faculty (15 tenured and tenure track and five research) generated $12.9M in new research. Over the same period, they published more than 130 journal articles.

I can write more about our successes and promise to do so in the future. More importantly, we have identified challenges that set the path for our success in the near future and long term. So, you will hear from us.

Whether you are an alumni, a prospective student, or a colleague, we will be glad to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to contact me or others in the department if we can be of any help. We also invite you to visit our beautiful campus to meet CEOE students, faculty and staff and, of course, to view the Manhattan skyline in New York City from across the Hudson River. Meanwhile, we wish you and your loved ones continued health and safety in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Muhammad Hajj

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Contact Us

Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Location On Campus

Davidson Laboratory

Contact Types

p. (201) 216-3556

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Department Leaders

Muhammad R Hajj Chair, Director of Davidson Laboratory, and George Meade Bond Professor
Pamela A Tully Administrative Assistant