About Us

The mission of the Engineering Systems and Environment Department is to serve the commonwealth of Virginia, the nation and the world by graduating engineers with the broad knowledge necessary to design and manage the operation of complex systems integrating people and technology at scales that range from personalized technologies to large-scale civil and environmental infrastructure. We create and disseminate new technical knowledge resulting from high-impact research to advance these human- and socio-technical systems.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment is to educate future leaders, and to create and disseminate knowledge that advances the design and operation of complex, sustainable engineering systems integrating people and technology to improve health, security, quality of life, and environmental quality in society.

Implementing Our Mission

The department achieves this mission through a collaborative team of scholars with the wide background and knowledge in the core areas needed for the advancement of engineering systems, which include:   systems analysis, simulation and modeling, human systems engineering, environmental transport and reactions, automation and robotics, large scale sensing and data analytics.  In addition, the team includes scholars with deep domain knowledge in engineering systems critical to quality of life, including infrastructure systems, healthcare systems, defense systems, and environmental systems.  These scholars work together to deliver modern, innovative degree programs in systems engineering and civil and environmental engineering guided by the departments core focus on complex engineering systems.

Our Vision

The Department of Engineering Systems and Environment (ESE) at the University of Virginia was created in 2018 to address some of society’s most difficult engineering problems. The new department strategically integrates the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Systems Engineering programs, placing it in a preeminent position of field leadership in the study of human- and socio-technical engineering. We create knowledge and innovations that will help solve engineering’s “Grand Challenges.” These problems are often emergent, large-scale and complex, such that decision- makers have historically been poorly equipped to achieve outcomes that enhance long-term human well-being in a rapidly changing world. We believe that a better future is possible for all by training the leaders of tomorrow in a collaborative academic environment that encourages excellence in the classroom, laboratory and field.

You Should Know

  • UVA leads the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center, a consortium of six universities funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • The department is participating in the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics, an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Our students and faculty are part of UVA Engineering's Link Lab for cyber-physical systems, a first-of-its-kind, multidisciplinary center of excellence that is developing and deploying the connected technologies needed to make life easier, safer and more efficient in the 21st century.
  • Our research program, which includes our Center for Transportation Studies, is enhanced by our long-standing and ongoing partnership with the Virginia Transportation Research Council of the Virginia Department of Transportation.
  • The department offers a Master of Science in Systems Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering, which students can take in residence or as part of our Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) for working professionals.
  • We continually reinvest in our laboratories, recently upgrading our instrumentation for structures and material testing and environmental analysis.
  • The undergraduate Technology Leaders Program combines courses in electrical computer, and mechanical engineering with systems engineering. Its goal is to produce engineering leaders who can bring both a top-down systems perspective and bottom-up component perspective to the problems they face. It is the home of the Design Integration Minor.
  • We offer a professional master's degree that is designed to help students rapidly acquire the specialized knowledge in civil and environmental engineering that is demanded by business today.
  • The median starting salary for a systems engineer with a UVA bachelor's degree is more than $73,000, compared to a national median of approximately $69,000.