About Us

The Department and Civil Engineering Specialties

The Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at UMass Lowell is committed to student-friendly, quality teaching. CEE classes are taught by full time faculty and class sizes are small. UMass Lowell's CEE graduates are highly valued by area employers and by graduate schools.

UMass Lowell is the only public, ABET-accredited engineering program in the Boston Metropolitan area. It is located only 25 miles northwest from downtown Boston with direct commuter rail access between North Station and Lowell.

Civil engineers plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain facilities and systems that serve the basic needs of society. These include buildings, bridges, tunnels, roadways, railways, airports, harbors, dams, pipelines, water and waste water systems. Civil engineers focus their problem-solving capabilities on making our communities better places to live. Civil engineers are frequently involved in city planning and in managing the use of natural resources. They face the challenges of meeting society's needs while protecting the environment. Civil engineering is an umbrella field comprised of a number of related specialties.

Civil Engineering Specialties at UMass Lowell:

Environmental Engineering - clean water, waste water, environmental impact, pollution identification, landfills, hazardous & nonhazardous waste management, site cleanup & remediation

Geotechnical Engineering – soil-structure interaction, foundation and earth structures engineering, soil & rock mechanics, slopes, retaining walls, tunnels

Structural Engineering – structural design, structural evaluation and monitoring, bridge engineering, advanced materials

Transportation Engineering - planning, designing, and operating streets and highways, transit systems, airports, railroads, ports, and harbors

For further information on CEE specialties see: ASCE Technical Specialties.

The links below highlight some of the civil engineering projects in which graduates and faculty of the Department have been involved in recent years.

Lelacheur ParkTsongas CenterRoute 3 Construction
Drumhill InterchangeZakim BridgeCentral Artery Project
Mass. Water Resources Authority