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CUREE University Representative:

Professor John Wallace
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles
5731 Boelter Hall
Box 951593
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593
Tel.: 310.206.7124
Fax: 310.206.2222

CUREE Members:
• Scott J. Brandenberg
• Robert Nigbor
• Jonathan Stewart
• John Wallace
• Jian Zhang


The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (C&EE) is one of seven departments within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS). Formed in 1983, the Civil Engineering Department (renamed Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept. in 1993) emerged after a long period of engineering school development and evolution extending back to the post-World War II education boom. UCLA Engineering is a top-ranked, research institution.

As a part of one of the best universities in the country - and renowned the world over - UCLA Engineering has programs that cross-disciplinary lines to focus on systems and solutions. UCLA Engineering is the birthplace of the Internet, reverse osmosis, and the catalytic converter. Our alumni are prominent innovators, leaders of industry, academic researchers, and entrepreneurs.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department consists of four sub-disciplines, each of which – properly – investigates distinct areas of inquiry to one degree or another.

• Environmental Engineering traditionally concentrates on understanding the physical, chemical, and biological processes in environmental systems to protect the natural environment while meeting the demands of human activities. Typical areas of research include aquatic chemistry, water treatment, wastewater treatment, and contaminant fate, transport and remediation.

• Geotechnical Engineering is concerned with the behavior of earth systems, including all structures building on, in, or with the ground. Typical areas of study include soil material characterization, design of geo/structural systems (e.g., foundations, retaining structures, dams), and geo-related hazard characterization (earthquakes, landslides, expansive soils).

• Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering recognizes the heavy demands on existing water supplies in arid and semi-arid regions, created largely by the human-induced impact on the ecosystem. This motivates research designed to better understand and diagnose hydrologic fluxes, their spatial and temporal variability, and system responses to human perturbations in an effort to devise optimal methods for water resource planning and management. New research explores land surface modeling, hydrometeorology, and remote sensing and data assimilation.

• Structural Engineering and Mechanics incorporates the classic areas of structural mechanics, nonlinear analysis, structural dynamics, structural design, earthquake engineering, structural testing, and computational/solid mechanics as well as emerging areas such as meshfree methods, damage mechanics, and performance-based structural design. The corresponding research agenda includes examining the behavior of reinforced concrete structural elements and systems, analyzing homeland security design for structures, multiscale materials modeling, and generally pursuing optimum structural design.

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University of California, Los Angeles
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
5732 Boelter Hall
Box 951593
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593
Tel.: 310.825.1346
Fax: 310.206.2222

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