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The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is a leading school for Sustainable Built Environment. It has over 60 faculty members and more than 1,500 students and is rapidly expanding its range of education and research activities.

Its faculty has led major university-wide strategic thrusts such as the establishment of the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) in 2008 which unifies NTU’s environmental and water technologies efforts.

NEWRI with its seven research centres and groups and a total funding exceeding S$200 million, work across a broad spectrum spanning membranes, microbiology and bioprocesses, environmental chemistry and urban environmental management.

Another CEE’s strategic thrust is space creation. Its underground and rock engineering and protective technologies programmes are supporting Singapore as a world leader in the development and use of large underground caverns for new space to hold infrastructure facilities.

Its earlier land reclamation research has led a new S$10 million programme to develop super-scale cylindrical structures for underwater infrastructures or even an underwater city.

The CEE faculty also played a pivotal role in the award of a S$150 million Research Centre of Excellence, the Earth Observatory of Singapore dedicated to hazard-related earth science.

Going forward, CEE is addressing critical problems in urban systems such as building and energy systems, sustainability of urban cities, and resiliency to natural and unnatural risks. The latter effort is through a new CEE-led NTU institute, the Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management.