big engineering solving problems
It’s about people and their lives, everywhere. We challenge the status quo with our research and educational programs, advance the frontiers of knowledge, expand the limit of the possible, and innovate. Using science and engineering, the people in CEE solve some of our time’s toughest challenges through the creation of systems with large-scale tangible impact at the nexus of environment, infrastructure and people.
We develop and use pioneering approaches that range from basic scientific principles to complex engineering design, at scales from the nano to the global.
The positioning of CEE is defined by a set of Strategic Challenge Areas (addressing major societal challenges) and Academic Fields of Interest. The Academic Fields of Interest reflect the intellectual disciplines of our faculty, their academic background, and teaching interests (and is reflected in their contributions to our academic programs for undergraduate and graduate studies;). The Strategic Challenge Areas reflect a set of five broad areas that are research priorities for CEE:
- Ecological Systems
- Resources and Sustainability
- Structures and Design
- Urban Systems
- Global Systems
The Academic Fields of Interests define how CEE faculty and students contribute to the Strategic Challenge Areas.
Our faculty and researchers have multiple fields of interest, and their combination of these interests and challenge areas define MIT CEE. Check out the Faculty pages to learn about the faculty’s interests.
The department operates two laboratories – the Parsons Laboratory for Environmental Science and Engineering (Building 48), and the Pierce Laboratory for Infrastructure Science and Engineering (Building 1).