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Offering academic and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels, the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering aims to build knowledge and provide tools that will enable students to move the field away from empirical ad hoc approaches into strategies based on scientifically grounded analysis.

With a foundation rooted in fundamental structural engineering and mechanics, systems thinking, advanced computational methods and uncertainty quantification, our programs successfully navigate the conflicting objectives inherent in addressing grand societal challenges, such as resilient cities, human safety and security, space exploration and habitation, decision making and health, and future energy infrastructure.

The department’s small size fosters a collegial, close-knit relationship between students, staff, and faculty, giving students a high-quality, comprehensive education where leading civil engineering research in the areas of mechanics of materials, structures, and systems is cross fertilized with research from other fields. Partnerships and collaborations with the departments of Environmental Health and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Public Health, and other Johns Hopkins groups provide a wide range of opportunities that rival those of much larger programs.

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