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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Chair's message

Laurie Gaskins Baise

This fall, we welcomed new undergraduate engineering students through first-year advising and our first-year engineering offerings which included classes on climate change and resilient cities. At the graduate level, we welcomed 37 new students, including 24 M.S. students and 13 Ph.D. students. Students in our interdisciplinary graduate programs included students in the first cohort of the Offshore Wind Energy Engineering M.S. program, students in the joint degree between CEE and the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, and our first student in the dual degree between CEE and the M.S. in Innovation and Management. Our faculty also continued to actively engage with Tufts Institute of the Environment, which offers interdisciplinary M.S. programs like an M.S. in Sustainable Water Management. These interdisciplinary programs exemplify how CEE is adapting to meet both student and industry educational needs.

In parallel to these educational efforts, many of our new research initiatives encompass interdisciplinary approaches across the department’s strategic research areas: climate and energy, health and the environment, extreme events, and resilient systems. For example, Assistant Professor Jonathan Lamontagne and his students are evaluating climate impacts across multiple climate scenarios, and Tiampo Family Assistant Professor Amy Pickering is working toward low-cost and scalable interventions for water to improve health outcomes in low-income countries.

Finally, we have several events planned for this year that we invite you to participate in. Every Friday during the academic year, we host a seminar at noon in Robinson Hall, room 253; all are open to the community. Assistant Professor Amy Pickering was honored with the Tiampo Family Assistant Professorship and gave the inaugural lecture on October 21. In December, we will hold our second alumni–student networking event and in the spring, the annual CEE Alumni Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 2.  Professor Steven Chapra, Louis Berger Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering, has announced that he will retire at the end of the academic year, and we will celebrate his career at Tufts along with alumni awards at this year’s CEE Alumni Dinner.

In closing, Tufts CEE is a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are all working to help society anticipate and respond to the emerging challenges of our changing world at the intersection of infrastructure, the environment, and people. 


Laurie Baise
Professor and Chair