Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Welcome from the Department Head

Welcome from the Department Head

Charles Shackelford

The faculty and staff of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Colorado State University (CSU) welcome you to our web page.

The CEE Department at CSU is recognized both nationally and internationally for education, research, and service and outreach. Nationally, the CEE Department ranks 37th among such programs in the USA by the US News and World Report. The CEE Department comprises 34 faculty, 7 research scientists, 13 research associates, and 13 administrative staff. The Department offers undergraduate degrees in both civil engineering (CE) and environmental engineering (EnvE), and both the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in civil engineering. The Department also offers graduate programs at the Master of Engineering (M.E.) level both on campus and via CSU’s distance education program known as CSU Online. The Department currently (2022-23) is educating 541 undergraduate students (321 in CE and 220 in EnvE) and 192 graduate students (84 Ph.D., 68 M.S., 40 M.E.). The faculty, research scientists/associates and students in the CEE Department are extremely active in conducting cutting edge research in numerous areas of both civil and environmental engineering, as evident, in part, by the research expenditures which have averaged $14.2M over the last seven fiscal years (FY16-22) . Such research serves not only to solve real-world problems of current state, national, and international significance, but also to push the envelope of the discipline so that future generations can reap the benefits of our efforts towards enhancing society’s ability to sustain and develop the infrastructure necessary for our continued existence and quality of life. Our alumni are distributed throughout the world and in every state within the USA, with many of them holding leadership positions within their companies, organizations, or countries.

The CSU campus is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, a community with a population of approximately 174,000 (2021) located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains about 105 km (65 mi) north of Denver, that is routinely recognized as one of the most desirable places to live in the entire country (

We are proud of our Department, College and University, and of where we live, and we invite you to join us. Please peruse our web site to find out more about the Department’s teaching, research, and service and outreach activities, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, desire additional information, and/or want to schedule a tour.


Charles D. Shackelford, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Professor and Head