The Civil Engineering Institute of EPFL
Urban population growth, scarcity of resources and climate change will create situations where traditional civil-engineering practice is no longer appropriate. While civil engineers have strived to do “more with less” for centuries, they now need to do this proactively in challenging contexts of high environmental uncertainty and limited material availability.
The mission of the Civil Engineering Institute at EPFL is to combine expertise across a broad range of disciplines with world-class experimental facilities to develop significant scientific results, advanced learning support and appropriate innovation and technology transfer for the next generation of engineers. These engineers shall either become specialists or be able to collaborate with specialists from EPFL and elsewhere to meet society’s needs through improving the quality of life, lowering environmental impact and reducing life-cycle costs.
Our core disciplines:
The Civil Engineering Institute at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne performs research in the core disciplines of Civil Engineering (structures and materials, transportation and networks, geosystems and natural resources), as well as research at the interface with environmental engineering (fluids) and at the interface with architecture (buildings physics).
The research conducted in our laboratories and research groups fosters excellence in fundamental and applied research.
We offer exceptional experimental facilities at various scales including the ability to test large-scale structures in our experimental halls.
With the emergence of the EPFL Valais and EPFL Fribourg (Smart Living Lab) campuses, the Civil Engineering Institute is going through an exciting growth phase.
Michel Bierlaire, Director of Civil Engineering Institute
Sophie Bauer, Administrative Assistant
Virginie Lurkin appointed professor at HEC Lausanne
Starting August 1st 2021, Virginie Lurkin will join the Operations Department of HEC Lausanne, the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne.
Computational methods for flood-resilient shelters in South Sudan
A collaboration between the Structural Xploration Lab (EPFL) and the humanitarian organization Medair has been selected by a panel of international experts to perform research aimed at improving current shelter solutions in South Sudan, especially in the face of recurrent devastating flooding events. The 2-year-long project is an application to a call launched by EPFL Tech4Dev, Technological Innovation for Impact in the Global South. It will also involve collaborators from the University of Juba (South Sudan), from the smart living lab, and from the Atelier PopUp experimental facilities in Fribourg.