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Civil and Environmental Engineering is an indispensable field of engineering for human life and industrial activities. CEE provides infrastructures for housing, industry, and transportation, conducts research for preservation and improvement of the natural and built environments and effective development of natural resources for general well-being of human society. To keep up with a fast-paced modern world becoming increasingly sophisticated each passing day, KAIST CEE is actively taking part in developing state-of-the-art construction and environmental technologies.

The department currently has 27 faculty members (including 18 full-time tenured and tenure track professors, 4 professor emeriti, 3 research professors, 1 visiting professor and 1 adjunct professor) in five divisions.

KAIST CEE focuses its efforts on five sub-disciplines of civil and environmental engineering, namely; structural and materials engineering, geotechnical and geosystems engineering, environmental engineering and sustainability, information technology (construction IT and transportation engineering), and urban planning and architectural design. KAIST CEE plans to expand its boundaries to other related fields. All tenure-track faculty members are evaluated by international standards after eight years, to ensure that the quality of research and education is maintained at the highest level, and that they get prepared for worldwide competition.

KAIST CEE offers undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) programs in all five fields. As of 2014, there are 78 undergraduate students, 69 master’s students, and 92 Ph.D. students in the department.

Not only is KAIST CEE seeking innovative developments in conventional fields of civil and environmental engineering, but it is also exploring cutting edge research areas such as smart and information technologies, construction information technology, ubiquitous urban development, intelligent transportation system, CO2 sequestration and gas-hydrate production, energy harvesting and bioenergy. The research activities in our departmental are in close association with the KAIST Institute for Information Technology Convergence (KIITC) and the KAIST Energy, Environment, Water and Sustainability (EEWS) Initiative Program. Our department is putting utmost efforts to train world-leading civil and environmental engineers of the 21st century. To achieve this lofty objective, KAIST CEE has reinforced collaborations with internationally renowned universities and established student exchange and dual degree programs. KAIST CEE offers all courses in English to meet international standards, and is expanding its boundaries to include urban planning and architectural engineering.

Activities as the National Leader and an International Partner
As a constituent of KAIST, Korea, and the world, KAIST CEE bears responsibility to participates in a number of national and international leadership activities. We are currently promoting active collaboration with government policymaking and funding agencies, and establishing a variety of international collaborations.

International Activities
Faculty members are serving as editors and members of executive advisory board for numerous respected international journals.
KAIST CEE organizes and hosts numerous international conferences and symposia, e.g., KKCNN (Kyoto Univ., KAIST, HKUST, Tongji Univ., Chulalongkorn Univ., National Taiwan Univ., and National Univ. of Singapore), KAIST-TJU Consortium, KAIST-NTU, KAIST-HKUST.
KAIST CEE also hosts various international workshops such as Advances in Structural Engineering and Mechanics (ASEM), Asia-Pacific Network of Centers for Research in Smart Structures Technology Workshops (ANCRiSST), US-Korea Joint Workshops, and Japan-Korea Joint Workshops, etc.
For students, KAIST CEE organizes summer school programs such as Asia-Pacific Summer School on Smart Structures and Technology (APSS) with universities in USA, China, and Japan (2008-2014), and Summer School on Civil Engineering with TJU (2006-2014).