Our Vision

To be known for employing the most advanced experimental and computational technologies in a sensible way to produce outstanding research, provide holistic education, and implement the created knowledge to serve society and the environment broadly.

Our Mission 

To provide the tools, information, and talented engineers to build a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable future that supports and enriches daily life with efficient use of resources.


ABOUT THE FARIBORZ MASEEH COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of five departments within the Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. At the Maseeh College, we offer academic programs that provide transformative opportunities within the classroom and beyond. If you join our college, you'll be connected to Portland’s growing, innovative industries and prepared to gain competitive jobs in engineering and computer science. Our close ties to leading tech companies give you the opportunity to build your professional skills through internship programs while you complete your degree. You can participate in research, community-based learning projects and opportunities to develop your own ideas from proposal to prototype through our innovation programs. Our students are in demand in the Portland job market and beyond, and they report the highest annual earnings of all PSU graduates one year after graduation.

Upcoming events

MS Project Presentation Announcement: Keith Male

The CEE Department is pleased to announce Keith Male's MS Project Presentation: "Zero Emissions Plasma Gasification of Municipal Solid Waste" Date: …
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-12 10:00:00 2021-03-12 11:00:00 MS Project Presentation Announcement: Keith Male The CEE Department is pleased to announce Keith Male's MS Project Presentation: "Zero Emissions Plasma Gasification of Municipal Solid Waste" Date: Friday, March 12th, 2021 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Zoom link: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/4731756538 Advisor: Dr. Gwynn Johnson Abstract: The goal of this project was to develop a prototype plasma gasification system to treat municipal solid waste (MSW) with no regulated emissions in a footprint small enough to be transported to wherever waste was generated.  This project started with a review of current MSW treatment methods and of the emissions produced from thermal breakdown of MSW.  A review of air quality regulations and emission control technologies was then used to select the emission control systems to be used for a small-scale plasma gasification system.   This plasma gasification system began with a plasma torch and cooling system being designed, built, and tested with various electrode materials and designs.  The torch was tested using compressed air, nitrogen, and a mixture of argon and hydrogen.  Tungsten was chosen for the positive electrode and copper for the negative electrode, with compressed nitrogen as the process gas.  A gasification chamber was designed and built to handle the molten material and act as a platform for the torch-centering device, exhaust port, and viewing window.  Several emission control systems were built based on expected pollutants of MSW decomposition.  These controls include a particle separator, catalytic converter and a packed column scrubber.  Gas and atmospheric sensors were then programmed and installed in the exhaust gas stream. This prototype plasma gasification system was built with the intent of testing various materials one at a time and measuring the emissions produced.  This data would then have been used to modify and improve the emission controls used to eliminate or capture any contaminants in the syngas, with the intent of having the syngas be a mixture of only hydrogen and carbon monoxide.  Later additions would include a fuel cell to be used with the hydrogen, a heat exchanger and turbine to recover energy from the heat produced, and material recovery systems for the contaminants detected.  The testing plan and further development were halted due to the global pandemic restrictions related to the COVID-19 virus.   Event will be hosted online at the following zoom link: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/4731756538 CEE Staff at ceedept@pdx.edu CEE Staff at ceedept@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

MS Thesis Defense Announcement: Angelica Melissa Preciado Reyes

The CEE Department is pleased to announce Angelica Melissa Preciado Reyes' Thesis Defense: "Undrained Cyclic Loading of Low Plasticity Silty Soils in…
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-12 11:00:00 2021-03-12 13:00:00 MS Thesis Defense Announcement: Angelica Melissa Preciado Reyes The CEE Department is pleased to announce Angelica Melissa Preciado Reyes' Thesis Defense: "Undrained Cyclic Loading of Low Plasticity Silty Soils in the Pacific Northwest Using Laboratory and Field Cyclic Shear Testing" Date: Friday, March 12th, 2021 Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Zoom link: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/84770024024 Advisors: Dr. Arash Khosravifar and Dr. Diane Moug Abstract: The cyclic behavior of a fine-grained low plasticity silty soil (plasticity index of approximately 15) at a site in Portland, Oregon, is characterized using a field and laboratory cyclic shear test program. The field cyclic tests were performed using the NHERI@UTexas large mobile shakers T-Rex and Rattler. The laboratory tests were performed using resonant column torsional shear and cyclic direct simple shear devices. This testing program's results were used to evaluate the soil’s potential to develop excess pore water pressure with cyclic shear strains ranging from 0.00001% to 3%. The laboratory cyclic test results are compared against field cyclic test results to predict the soil’s cyclic behavior during earthquakes. These data will contribute to the larger body of knowledge of the cyclic behavior of low plasticity silts. This study includes additional laboratory cyclic shear tests from the following: low plasticity silts from Longview, Washington, diatomaceous soils (high plasticity silts) obtained from Klamath Falls, Oregon, silty sands from the Columbia River Slough in Oregon, and silty sands and silty clays from Beaverton, Oregon. The objective of the cyclic shear tests on different soils is to understand how these soils might behave in the event of a large magnitude earthquake. Zoom link: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/84770024024 Zoom ID: 84770024024 CEE Staff at ceedept@pdx.edu CEE Staff at ceedept@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

CEE Graduate Open House

The Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Graduate Open House will be held on zoom Friday, March 12th.  We welcome recently admitted graduate…
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-12 12:00:00 2021-03-12 14:00:00 CEE Graduate Open House The Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Graduate Open House will be held on zoom Friday, March 12th.  We welcome recently admitted graduate students, prospective graduate students, and PSU CEE Seniors to the event. The Graduate Open House is an opportunity for you to learn more about the CEE graduate programs and meet faculty and students in your specialization area. We're looking forward to seeing you, CEE Department This event will be hosted on zoom at the following link: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/82162874568 CEE Staff at ceedept@pdx.edu CEE Staff at ceedept@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Friday Transportation Seminar: Evaluation of a Transportation…

We are committed to making decisions that promote the success and well-…
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-19 11:30:00 2021-03-19 12:30:00 Friday Transportation Seminar: Evaluation of a Transportation Incentive Program for Affordable Housing Residents We are committed to making decisions that promote the success and well-being of our campus community. Until further notice, all live events hosted by TREC will be online only. Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us online at 11:30 AM. REGISTER HERE THE TOPIC This seminar presents the results from the Transportation Wallet for Residents of Affordable Housing (TWRAH) pilot program launched by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). The program provided a set of transportation incentives for low-income participants including a $308 pre-paid visa card which could be applied to public transit or other transportation services, a free bike share membership, and access to discounted rates on several services. The researchers conducted a survey with the program’s participants to understand how they used the Transportation Wallet and how the program helped them use different modes to get around. The main findings include: The financial support of this program encouraged some participants to use new mobility services (including Uber/Lyft, bike share, and e-scooter) that they had never used before; The program increased access for participants, helping them make more trips and, for some, get to places they otherwise could not have gone; and, Transportation Fairs, where participants could learn about services and talk to providers, promoted both mode sign-up and mode usage, particularly for new mobility and a reduced fare transit program. This presentation will provide insights into the implementation and effectiveness of a transportation financial incentive program for low-income populations. KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES Understand background and the elements of the Transportation Wallet for Residents of Affordable Housing (TWRAH) pilot program; Learn how the program was implemented and how the residents used the Wallet; Understand how a program like the Wallet could be implemented to provide incentives and financial benefits to low-income populations thru a transportation demand management program. SPEAKERS Roshin Kurian, Portland State University Bio coming soon Nathan McNeil, Portland State University Nathan McNeil is a Research Associate at Portland State University's Center for Urban Studies. He conducts research on impacts of active transportation and transit equity, on new bicycle infrastructure and programs on travel behavior and attitudes towards cycling, on shared-use mobility programs including carsharing and bike-share, and on the connection between land-use and transportation. He was Co-Principal Investigator on recent national studies of bike share equity (Breaking Barrier to Bike Share and National Scan of Bike Share Equity Programs) and of protected bike lane implementations (Lessons from the Green Lanes). Nathan received a master of urban and regional planning from Portland State University (PSU) and studied history at Columbia University as an undergraduate. Prior to PSU, Nathan worked for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City as a performance auditor where he evaluated capital programs and contractors. John MacArthur, Portland State University Mr. John MacArthur is the Sustainable Transportation Program Manager at TREC at Portland State University. He is active in research related to sustainable and equitable transportation, particularly in the areas of emerging technologies, e-bikes, bike share, transit, and the relationship between transportation and public health. Mr. MacArthur is the Section Chair for Transportation Research Board’s AME00 Transportation and Society and a member of Innovative Public Transportation Services and Technologies (AP020). He received his BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and a MS in Environmental Health Sciences from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance. LEARN MORE Photo by Cait McCusker Sign up for our newsletter to receive monthly updates. The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education. Register on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EHwClujvQGOb-2-UC-5hcA asktrec@pdx.edu asktrec@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public