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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate Programs

BSCE and BSENVE - Overview

The BSCE and BSENVE programs are 4 years of coursework commonly split into two phases: the lower division, and the Upper Division. In the lower division, students take 100-200 level coursework in math, physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering mechanics in preparation to apply for the Upper Division towards the end of their sophomore year. In the Upper Division, juniors take core coursework covering a broad swath of civil and environmental engineering specialties, while the senior year allows students to customize their interests with technical electives, immerse themselves in undergraduate research, and join our Honors Program. The culminating experience for CEE students is the senior capstone sequence; taken in winter and spring term of senior year, students work in teams with industry partners to put their skills to the test and bring a real engineering design concept to life.

Upcoming events

MS Thesis Defense Announcement: Apy Das

The CEE Department is pleased to announce Apy Das' Thesis Defense: "Determinant Factors of Bicyclist Injury Severity at Signalized and Unsignalized…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-29 13:00:00 2021-07-29 15:00:00 MS Thesis Defense Announcement: Apy Das The CEE Department is pleased to announce Apy Das' Thesis Defense: "Determinant Factors of Bicyclist Injury Severity at Signalized and Unsignalized Intersections" Date: Thursday, July 29th, 2021 Time: 1:00 -3:00 PM Location: this defense will be held virtually on Zoom using the following link: pdx.zoom.us/j/83201781784 Advisor: Dr. Chris Monsere Abstract: Bicycling is becoming increasingly popular in Oregon and the US in general due to its environment friendliness as well as health benefits. However, according to Oregon Department of Transportation crash report, there were 826 reported bicyclist crashes in 2018 in Oregon and the number of bicyclist crashes/year has been steady over the ten prior years without any obvious sign of improvement. Statistically, majority of the bicyclist crashes occur at intersections. There have been numerous studies that focused on bicyclist crash severity at intersections, yet a focus on contributing factors at signalized and unsignalized intersections separately to compare them is lacking. Taking that into consideration, this thesis seeks to identify the determinant factors of bicyclist crash injury severity by intersection types – signalized and unsignalized intersections. A mixed logit modeling framework that accounts for any unobserved heterogeneity within the data and allows the estimated parameters to randomly vary across observations was applied to three years of Oregon’s bicyclist crash data (2016−2018). This study explored factors including bicyclist characteristics, weather and environmental conditions, temporal and location characteristics, bicyclist movement, crash cause, and type of collision. Overall, findings in this study will help with implementing appropriate countermeasures for bicyclist safety improvement at both types of intersections.   Held virtually on Zoom using the following link: pdx.zoom.us/j/83201781784 CEE staff at ceedept@pdx.edu CEE staff at ceedept@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Partner Event: 2021 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use…

World Society for Transport and Land Use Research The World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) promotes the understanding and…
Add to my Calendar 2021-08-09 15:00:00 2021-07-26 19:40:41 Partner Event: 2021 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research World Society for Transport and Land Use Research The World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) promotes the understanding and analysis of the interdisciplinary interactions of transport and land use, offers a forum for debate, and provides a mechanism for the dissemination of information. The Society organizes the World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research. The first symposium was held in Whistler, Canada 2011, the second was held at Delft, The Netherlands in 2014, and the third took place in Brisbane, Australia in 2017. The next (virtual!) symposium is planned for 2021 in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. Learn more about the event and see the latest updates here Conference Co-Chairs Kelly Clifton, Portland State University Kelly Clifton serves as the interim Associate Vice President for Research and as a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University. She holds an affiliate appointment in the Urban Studies and Planning Program and is a fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Her research, teaching and service activities are focused on transportation and how human mobility is shaped by their needs, the built environment, and technology. She is an internationally recognized expert on transport and land use interactions, travel behavior, pedestrian modeling, and equity in transportation policy. She bridges the fields of transportation engineering and planning and is known for qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches. Jennifer Dill, Portland State University Director of TREC and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), Jennifer is also a professor of urban studies and planning. She is an internationally cited researcher on sustainable transportation. Among her research projects are Lessons from the Green Lanes: Evaluating Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S., Understanding Types of Cyclists Nationally, Pedestrian Observation and Data Collection Curriculum and more. Her research aims to understand people’s everyday travel decisions, with a focus on bicycling, walking, and transit. Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota Yingling Fan is a professor in the regional planning and policy area who works interdisciplinarily in the fields of land use, transportation, social equity, and public health. Her overarching research goal is to investigate the impacts of spatial planning (e.g., land use, growth management, and transit improvements) on human activities and movements as well as to understand the health and social aspects of such impacts. To this end, her research combines ecological and behavioral analyses, most quantitatively, as a means of addressing urban sustainability challenges. This event is hosted by the World Society for Transport and Land Use Research, in partnership with the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University. The World Society for Transport and Land Use Research is the group that organizes the symposia and fulfills other aims of the Society. Its purpose as a society is to promote the interdisciplinary understanding of interactions between transport and land use and to provide a forum for debate and a mechanism for dissemination of research, while encouraging diverse viewpoints and backgrounds in our membership and activities. 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. Virtual asktrec@pdx.edu asktrec@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public