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The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering department prepares students for the challenges they will face in designing and building solutions for society. We are leaders in innovative approaches and methods across the areas of construction, environmental, geotechnical, materials, structural, transportation and water resources.  
Aligned with its land-grant mission, the department provides educational excellence, supported by research synergies, innovation and outreach. We plan, design, construct, maintain, and operate infrastructure to support civilization and sustain society and prepare nationally competitive undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers. 
The profession also embraces new technologies such as nanotechnology, smart materials, sensors, etc. that are introduced into engineering and construction projects to improve reliability, cost effectiveness and quality of life.

Degrees Offered

The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department offers several degrees including:

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering
  • B.S. in Construction Engineering
  • B.S. in Construction Management
  • B.S. in Environmental Engineering
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering
  • M.S. in Construction Management
  • Master of Construction Management
  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Engineering

The curriculum is designed to give students a strong mathematical, scientific and engineering background in all of the areas of the field. At the same time it provides students with an opportunity to place further emphasis on their chosen areas through technical electives.

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Department News

CCEE Day 2024
Date: Friday, February 16, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Memorial Union Ballroom, North Dakota State University

Contact Persons: Syeed Md Iskander, Achintya Bezbaruah

CCEE News – August 6, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Mijia Yang, Dr. Zhibin Lin, Dr. Aziz Banawi, Dr. Wenjie Xia, Zhaofan Li and Amirhadi Alesadi on their awards from the College of Engineering!

Dr. Mijia Yang: 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Zhibin Lin: 2022 Excellence in Research Award
Dr. Aziz Banawi: 2022 Early Career Teaching Award
Dr. Wenjie Xia: 2022 Early Career Research Award
Zhaofan Li: 2022 Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year
Amirhadi Alesadi: 2022 Graduate Research Assistant of the Year

Dr. Wenjie Xia received a one-year (2022-2023) AI SUSTEIN seed grant ($15,000). Congratulations to Dr. Wenjie Xia!

Lexie Rennemo (CE undergraduate student) is among the 29 students awarded scholarships from the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI). Lexie received both the Charles J. Berkel Memorial Scholarship and the Thomas Wysockey Civil Engineering Scholarship for a total award amount of $10,000. Congratulations to Lexie!

Tam Nguyen, a graduate student in Dr. Trung Le’s group, received an ND EPSCoR ND-ACES Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Assistantship award for the 2022-2023 academic year. Congratulations to Tam and Dr. Trung Le!

CCEE News – July 26, 2022
Dr. Chau Le and his Ph.D. student, Muhammad Ali Moriyani, were awarded the Best Paper Award for the paper entitled “Assessing Contractor Competition in Competitive Bidding for Highway Construction Projects Using Network Analysis” at the International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management (ICCEPM) 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Congratulations to Dr. Chau Le and Muhammad Ali Moriyani.

Dr. Chau Le’s paper titled “Direction of Arrival of Equipment Sound in the Construction Industry” was selected as one of the six Plenary Talks at the 39th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2022) in Bogota, Colombia. Papers presented at ISARC reflect the global community with specific concern for all fields of construction, civil and building engineering, machine automation, robotics applications to construction, information technologies, planning, logistics, and more. Congratulations to Dr. Chau Le.

Dr. Mijia Yang (PI), Dr. Yao Yu (CPI), and Qifeng Zhang (CPI) received $187,201 (6/30/2022 - 6/30/2024) from the MN Department of Transportation for their project titled: “Harness of Sunlight through Solar Snow Fence: Implementation.” Congratulations to the three professors.

CCEE News – June 21, 2022
Dr. Chau Le has been selected as one of the 2022-2023 Challey Institute’s Faculty Fellows. The fellows are a group of NDSU faculty who will educate and engage students, conduct policy-relevant research and participate in outreach activities to further the Challey Institute’s mission.
Congratulations to Dr. Chau Le!

CCEE News – April 21, 2022 
Dr. Jerry Gao and Dr. Syeed Iskander received the RCA Research Development Travel and Conference Support Award. Congratulations to Dr. Gao and Dr. Iskander!

Two students, Ryan Anderson and  Himani Yadav, from Dr. Syeed Iskander’s group won awards in the 2022 Annual NDSU Research Day. Congratulations to Ryan, Himani, and Dr. Iskander!.
Ryan Anderson, First Place, “Nanoplastics in Landfill Leachate and Its Environmental Implications,” 2022 NDSU EXPLORE Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.
Himani Yadav, Fifth Place, “Release of Microplastics from Plastic Chopping Boards During Food Preparation,” 2022 Research Symposium of the Graduate Student Council.

CCEE News – March 28, 2022
2022 North Dakota Water Quality Monitoring Conference was held in Bismarck, ND on March 21-23, 2022. The conference included a student poster contest. Two top posters were selected. Mosammat Mustari Khanaum and Tiansong Qi were runners-up in this student poster presentation contest. The title of their presentation was “Preliminary evaluation of the impacts of constructed wetlands on hydrologic processes and nutrient reduction in an impaired watershed.”

Congratulations to Mustari and Tiansong!

CCEE News – March 25, 2022
The National Geo-Challenge 2022 Student Competitions (Geo-Wall, Geo-Prediction, Geo-Poster, Geo-Video, and Geo-Shirt) were organized on March 21, 2022, during the Geo-Congress 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Our Geo-Wall team, including Tiffany Meeks (co-captain), Mohammed Mohhamed (co-captain), Lexie Rennemo (team member), and Sawyer Aleckson (team member) participated in the Geo-Wall 2022 competition and placed 4th.
  • Muhammad Shahid Iqbal participated in the Geo-Poster 2022 competition and was selected in the top six finalists.

Congratulations to Tiffany, Mohammed, Lexie, Sawyer, and Shahid, as well as their faculty advisors Drs. Dinesh Katti and Beena Ajmera!

CCEE News – March 14, 2022
Two CCEE Ph.D. students, Amirhadi Alesadi and Sarah Ghazanfari in Dr. Wenjie Xia’s group recently won the prestigious “IBM-Zerner Graduate Student Award” for their presentations at the 61st Sanibel Symposium in St. Simons Island, GA. The Sanibel Symposium is one of the prestigious conferences in the fields of quantum mechanics and computational materials science and physics. This year, over two hundred people, including undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoc scholars, faculty, and other researchers attended the Sanibel Symposium in person.

Congratulations to Amirhadi and Sarah, as well as their advisor Dr. Wenjie Xia!

CCEE News – January 11, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Wenjie Xia (CPI) on his new research grant funded by the U.S. Navy (total $4,726,763, 12/1/2021 - 11/30/2024). The title of the project is “Understanding the Principles of Solid Shedding Surfaces - Phase II.” Dr. Xia will collaborate with Dean Webster (PI, Coatings & Polymeric Materials), Andrew Croll (CPI, Physics), and Bakhtiyor Rasulev (CPI, Coatings & Polymeric Materials), as well as a research group from the University of Michigan.

CCEE News – December 7, 2021
Congratulations to Drs. Wenjie Xia, Ying Huang, Mijia Yang, Kalpana Katti, and Dinesh Katti on their new research grants!

  • Wenjie Xia (PI). Collaborative Research: Multiscale Mechanics of Adsorption-Deformation Coupling in Soft Nanoporous Materials. $206,661 from the National Science Foundation. 07/01/2021 – 06/30/2024.
  • Ying Huang (PI). RII Track-2 FEC: Artificial Intelligence on Sustainable Energy Infrastructure Network (AI SUSTEIN) and Beyond towards Industries of the Future. $5,977,484 from the National Science Foundation. 09/01/2021 – 08/31/2025.
  • Mijia Yang (PI). Solar snow fence. $10,008 from the National Academies. 12/1/2021 - 11/30/2022.
  • Kalpana Katti (PI), Dinesh R Katti (CPI). Prostate Cancer Bone Metastasis Testbed for Regenerative Bone Therapies for Bone Metastasis. $75,000 from the National Institutes of Health. 09/01/2021 – 08/31/2022.

CCEE News – November 10, 2021
Danielle Peltier, Hannah Patenaude, Kjersten Winkelman, and Rachel Kawleski (all seniors) in Civil Engineering have won the Environmental Challenge Design Completion organized by Air and Waste Management Association-Upper Midwest Section (AWMA-UMS) and Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA)-Minnesota Section. The team was placed first for their futuristic design of a treatment system to treat PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, an emerging environmental contaminant of concern) present in landfill leachate and their presentation titled “Looking Ahead: A Sustainable Approach to PFAS Treatment”. Drs. Syeed Md Iskander and Achintya Bezbaruah served as their NDSU mentors and Brian Hiles (Ulteig Engineering) was their industry consultant. The first place winning NDSU team will receive citations for their excellent work and $1,500 in prize money. Congratulations to Danielle, Hannah, Kjersten, and Rachel, as well as their mentors/consultant Dr. Iskander, Dr. Bezbaruah, and Brian!

CCEE News – November 4, 2021
Rui Miao, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Yao Yu’s group, has been selected to receive the 2021 Cutting Edge Scholarship ($1,000) to cover the expenses to attend the Cutting Edge Conference organized by North American Tunneling Journal and the Underground Construction Association, a division of Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME). The conference will be in Dallas, Texas on November 15-17, 2021.
Congratulations to Rui Miao and his advisor, Dr. Yao Yu!

CCEE News – November 3, 2021
Biraj Saha, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Syeed Iskander’s group, won an essay competition and received a full scholarship to participate in the International Solid Waste Association-Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (ISWA-SWIS) Winter School from January 17 to January 28, 2022 at the University of Texas at Arlington. He will receive training in Solid Waste Management technologies at that time.
Congratulations to Biraj and his advisor, Dr. Syeed Iskander!


CCEE News - October 28, 2021
Congratulations to our Heavy/Civil team, including Justin Heimkes, Kaleb Flaagan, Levi Kuschel, Carlie Ripley, and Dayton Gonyea, as well as their faculty advisor Dr. Aziz Banawi, who won the 1st Place in the 2021 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Competition held in Nebraska City, NE on October 24 - 27, 2021. The team also won $1,000 for next year’s ASC Competition. The project involved several areas of heavy civil construction: design and design management, maintenance of traffic, drainage and E&S control install, MSE walls and embankment, bridge construction, and site paving and finishing. The team demonstrated full knowledge of the plans and specifications, construction methods, scheduling techniques, estimating, risk identification and communication skills.

CCEE News – October 18, 2021
Four students from Dr. Syeed Iskander’s group (two undergraduate and two graduate students) participated in the Annual ND Water and Pollution Control Conference and all of them won awards for their poster presentations.YP Poster Competition: Biraj Saha (1st), Ryan Anderson (2nd), Himani Yadav (3rd).AWWA’s Fresh Ideas Poster Competition: Kira Elisaon (winner). Kira will receive free registration for the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition in San Antonio, TX next June and $1,500 toward travel to the conference from the ND American Water Works Association.Congratulations to the four students and their advisor, Dr. Syeed Iskander!

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