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 Vision

The Department of Engineering Systems and Environment 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 and Information 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. 

  • Directions and Parking

    Getting to Engineering Systems and Engineering

    Please inquire ahead of time to reserve parking in the T4 parking lot.

    If T4 spaces are not available, additional parking is avaible in the Central Grounds Parking Garage just north of Thornton Hall.

    NOTE: Google Directions list UVA's T4 lot as "East A." The T4 lot is adjacent to Scott Stadium and Whitehead Road.

  • Rooms and Reservations

    The Engineering School has a large pool of shared meeting rooms. The schedules are managed by departmental administrators, but they are all accessible to anyone with an Outlook / Exchange account. Using this same mechanism, you can request rooms in many buildings across Grounds.

    Please use the Room Reservation Form to reserve rooms in Olsson. For Eichenthal and D102 in Thornton Hall, please email the address below. The ESE staff will respond to your reservation request as quickly as possible.

    Space Information

    Eichenthal (Thornton B228A)


    Seats - about 16

    • Conference style tables can be wheeled into other formations
    • Large 80" TV for presentations along with presenter stand
    • PC built into AV system can be used along with adapter (HDMI and VGA) for personal laptop use


    Thornton D102


    Seats - about 12

    • One large conference room table with seating
    • Projector in room for presentations along with presenter stand
    • PC on floor built into AV system can be used along with adapter (VGA) for personal laptop use

    Conference Room Policy

    Please read through the following guidelines. If we don’t hear from you further, we will consider this an approval of these guidelines. If you cannot follow the guidelines, please reach out and we will cancel your appointment.

    • The person reserving the room will be responsible for the room and its contents and will be held responsible for clean-up of the room before leaving, i.e. food clean-up from tables and floors, trash removal, removal of meeting materials, return of chairs and tables to their original position, etc. If additional cleaning is needed, please contact the Facilities Management Help Desk at 924-1777 at least 24 business hours ahead of the event to request further service. A PTAO may be required depending upon the amount of service needed.

    • If there is someone in the room and you have a scheduled appointment at that time, please politely tell them you have an appointment and ask them to leave.

    • Turn off the television/projector and lights when you’re finished and before exiting the room.

    • Room use after 5:30 p.m. or on weekends: You must have a UVA ID card (or someone in your meeting needs to have one) to get into buildings after hours. The only exception to this rule is during home football games, which will only be accessible by SEAS Faculty, Staff and Student ID cards.

    • Rooms in Rice and Olsson are not available for student reservations during home football games because those three buildings are used as safety zones.
  • Printing and Copying

    Where can students print?

    Printers and Copiers Available in the Libraries

    Photocopy machines and black and white printers are located in every library.

    Color printers are available in:

    Ask at any library service desk for specific locations.

    Self Serve Printer/Copier Locations

    Self serve printing/copying is available in the following locations:
    (color & BW printers are available at all locations)

    Alderman Library 4th Floor across from Reception desk, in the Scholar Lab and the Bridge
    Alderman Library 3rd Floor, Gov. Documents and Bridge
    Chemistry Library
    Clemons Library 4th Floor - 2 stations
    Fine Arts Library
    Math Library
    McIntire School of Commerce, Rouse / Robinson Lab Lower Level, Rm 110
    Music Library in Old Cabell Hall
    Physics Library
    Ruffner Hall - 3rd Floor Hallway
    Brown Science & Engineering Library Main Floor - 2 stations
    Thornton Hall Stacks, Rm 235
    Rice Hall, Rm 073
    Frank Batten School of Leadership, Garrett Hall
    Cabell Hall 1st Floor Student Lounge