Christian Meyer, professor emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (CEEM), passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 5, 2020 after many years of debilitating illness.

Columbia Earth and Environmental engineers lead a $1M multi-university team funded by NSF Convergence Accelerator to use AI and machine learning to quantify America's water supply risk in the face of climate change and aging infrastructure.

CEEM Students Awarded National Fellowships and Scholarships

Maria Q. Feng, Renwick Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, has been awarded the Robert Moskovic Award for contributions in the Safety and Sustainability of Civil Infrastructure Systems field.

CEEM Faculty New Book Releases

The department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics is pleased to announce a new MS specialization area in Computational and Data-Driven Engineering Mechanics. This program is intended for individuals who wish to enrich their knowledge and learn the state-of-the-art in computational and data-driven methods used in engineering mechanics. These skills are highly desired in industry, national laboratories, and academic careers. Upon graduation the students will receive a certificate and will be provided with a letter from the department chairperson acknowledging successful program completion and specialization in Computational and Data-Driven Engineering Mechanics.


Dr. Ibrahim Odeh, Founding Director of the Global Leaders of Construction Management (GLCM) program at Columbia University, was appointed as a member of the Global Infrastructure Hub’s Academic Advisory Board.The Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) headquartered in Sydney, Australia was established by the G20 in 2014. The focus of the GI Hub is to support the G20 agenda, to connect the global infrastructure community and to share insights to facilitate delivery of G20 members’ economic, social and environmental outcomes through increased and improved infrastructure.

Welcome Lunch for Fall 2022 - August 30, 2022


Weiyi Li has been awarded the Boris A. Bakhmeteff research fellowship in fluid mechanics for Fall 2022. This prestigious fellowship is to provide support for research in the field of fluid mechanics and is dedicated to the memory of Boris A. Bakhmeteff, a distinguished professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Columbia University and the former Russian ambassador to the US.
Weiyi is a doctoral student from with the Environmental Flow Physics Lab under the supervision of Professor Marco Giometto. His research is centered on the characterization and modeling of non-equilibrium flow in urban environments.

Civil Engineering's Sharon Di is bringing flow to New York City by creating digital twins of the busiest traffic knots and having them learn to untangle themselves.

He will use the funding to develop a framework for calculating the uncertainty of fine-scale wind predictions in and above cities.

On Wednesday, December 14, 2022, the CEEM department hosted our annual Holiday Party where students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars enjoyed a beautiful lunch and gathered to celebrate the end of the semester! Here are a few moments from the party.

CEEM Professor Sharon Di wins the IDC Smart Cities North America Award in the field of Transportation with the overall goal of managing urban traffic and contributing to greener, safer, and quicker travel. A special recognition goes to CEEM's PhD student, Yongjie Fu, who contributed to traffic simulation development for traffic light optimization.

The American Society of Civil Engineers recognizes two prominent researchers for their outstanding contributions to the field of civil engineering.


Damage in energetic material (EM) microstructures can result in off-design performance or even failure of devices critical to national security and safety. For EM-based systems to maintain robust performance over a wide envelope of operational conditions, microstructural damage must be predicted and its effect on energetic material sensitivity must be mitigated. Prof Addis Kidane and Prof Waiching (Steve) Sun will combine careful experimentation and first-principles physics-based multi-scale modeling to establish load-structure-damage-performance (L-S-D-P) linkages for pressed and plastic-bonded energetic materials.

The project includes three specific objectives: i) predict modes and distribution of damage at the micro-scale in an EM (herein PBXs, with varying binder fractions) as a function of T/S cycles; ii) model and predict damage evolution in the EM microstructure (meso-scale) when subjected to impact loads; and iii) correlate damage at the micro-scale to macro-scale performance delivered by the EM. This project is funded by Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) (Award amount: $750,000; Sept 2022 – Aug 2024).

In a world of constant evolution, cities stand at the forefront of change. The Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) research team led by Dr. Ibrahim Odeh in collaboration with WGI Engineering, introduces the City Adaptability Index™. This innovative tool offers cities – big and small – a unique opportunity to measure their adaptability, ensuring they remain resilient and agile in the face of ongoing challenges and opportunities. Their effort in redefining urban landscapes has garnered global attention, with notable publications in the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Global Infrastructure HUB (GI Hub, a G20 Initiative), and the IBM Center for the Business of Government. The City Adaptability Index™ self-assessment tool is designed to gauge the city’s adaptability maturity, ensuring it’s poised to navigate the complexities of an ever-evolving landscape.

Established and endowed by the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Alfred M. Freudenthal Medal is presented every two years to an individual in recognition of their distinguished achievements in safety and reliability studies across civil engineering.

As a special week comes to an end, we would like to again extend our congratulations to our 2024 graduating students.

An interdisciplinary team of civil engineers and Columbia students has collaborated with Morningside Park to repair the pump system for the park’s iconic water feature. On Thursday, the repaired pumps were returned to the Park’s team in preparation for installation.

The WTS Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates scholarship supports women pursuing undergraduate studies in transportation or a related discipline who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and ability within this field. 

We are delighted to announce the publication of Path Integrals in Stochastic Engineering Dynamics, co-written by Professor Ioannis Kougioumtzoglou, Dr. Apostolos Psaros and Professor Pol Spanos. 

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