Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE) at the University at Buffalo! The department is a vibrant engine for generating the knowledge, tools, and leadership needed to address society’s most challenging problems in the natural and built environments. Our specialty areas comprise structural and earthquake engineering, transportation engineering, environmental and water resources engineering, and geotechnical engineering. 

The information on our website will give you a snapshot of our world-class faculty and research opportunities, undergraduate and graduate degree options, successful alumni, and job opportunities for our graduates. In 2017, our department was ranked 30 among all civil engineering graduate programs in the United States by other civil engineering department chairs, and we were rated 7 among engineering schools in the United States and 16 worldwide in the 2017 rankings of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also referred to as the Shanghai Ranking.

We are committed to providing the highest quality undergraduate and graduate education experience. We offer ABET-accredited bachelor of science degree programs in civil engineering and in environmental engineering, as well as graduate degrees in both civil and environmental engineering. As a Tier 1 research institution, we offer outstanding research opportunities in our PhD and MS programs, and we actively enable research opportunities for our undergraduate students. Our undergraduate and graduate programs offer the breadth expected from a comprehensive Tier 1 university, but maintain the close-knit feeling associated with a much smaller institution, facilitated through multiple student clubs and an engaged faculty and staff.

I invite you to explore the website to learn of departmental news, updates to our teaching programs, new faculty hires, and research opportunities and products. Please contact us if you would like further information.

Joseph Atkinson
Professor and Chair