Special Programs

Civil and Environmental Engineering has a global reach, from malaria prevention in Niger to water treatment in Nepal to transportation in Boston and Bangkok. Our students learn firsthand by working onsite in summer internships and during school breaks. Student projects, internships and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) projects complement faculty research and provide context for classroom studies.

For example, CEE undergraduates learn about flooding and water quality problems in New Orleans, they work as summer interns locally or perhaps in Singapore as part of the Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling project. Course 1 students can also participate in the Cambridge-MIT Exchange and obtain a portion of their undergraduate education in England.

Traveling Research Environmental eXperiences (TREX). In a six-credit field research course offered during Independent Activities Period by CEE to students majoring in Civil or Environmental Engineering Science, TREX (Course 1.992) provides CEE undergraduates with the opportunity to gain hands-on fieldwork and research experience in a global context.

Mini Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (MINI UROP): From transportation networks to biological materials, and environmental remediation to microbial evolution, Course 1 is one of the most diverse majors at MIT. This IAP, graduate students in Course 1 have put together a set of mini-UROP projects to give you a taste of the broad range of research, all related to real-world environmental and societal problems. The program will pair interested freshmen with a Course 1 graduate student or post-doc to complete a mini-research project. It will also pair research activities with weekly social events to introduce freshmen to the Course 1 community and the research of their fellow mini-UROP participants. The program will last for the entire duration of IAP.

CEE Research Speed Dating: Following up on what is now a departmental tradition, we invite you to the 5th CEE's Research Speed Dating Day! We are bound to have another exciting event that showcases the CEE's latest research in a variety of themes highlighting topics that span the entire department. Everyone - undergraduate & graduate students, post-docs and faculty - is most welcome to attend! As in the past, the format will be fast paced and full of engaging talks: 5 minute presentations that are meant to provide a synopsis of a research project followed by 1 minute Q&A, given by junior faculty, senior faculty, and postdocs, grad students and undergraduates.