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Research Overview

Research in Ohio State's College of Engineering starts with opportunities for undergraduates, expands through our graduate programs, and excels as we form strong collaborations with other colleges across the university as well as leading companies in engineering fields in Ohio and across the nation.

World population growth and increased environmental concerns have spurred the need for civil, environmental and geodetic engineers. The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE) addresses these societal needs by preparing graduates to contribute to the improvement of infrastructure management  and the protection of the environment.

CEGE is uniquely positioned to provide students with a cutting-edge learning experience through not only traditional training, but also through our campus "living labs".

Campus Transit Lab (CTL) gathers and analyzes data received from Ohio State’s Campus Area Bus Service



The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP) takes research into the field



Construction and demolition sites on campus provide real-scale testing and field application


Our students and faculty conduct interdisciplinary research in state-of-the art centers and labs.



The Ohio State University has committed to finding solutions for grand challenges on a global scale through the Discovery Themes initiative. This initiative will provided the foundation for CEGE students to contribute in fields related to sensing and data acquisition, dynamic natural systems, smart urban services and infrastructure systems, big data, and high performance computing and analysis.

An evolution of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme, The Sustainability Institute at Ohio State integrates, supports and leads sustainability across the university to:

  • Promote sustainability and resilience teaching and learning
  • Catalyze interdisciplinary research that drives discovery and innovation
  • Engage public and private sector partners to develop and apply sustainable solutions
  • Integrate sustainability scholarship with campus activities to engage students in research and experiential learning
  • Provide a competitive advantage in attracting exceptional new talent, students, partnerships and resources