CE 112: Water & Wastewater Systems Design and Operation

As a new activity by the Center for Smart Infrastructure (CSI), Professor Kenichi Soga, Won-jun Cha, Shih-Hung Chiu, and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) subject-matter experts, led by Clifford Chan (General Manager) and David Katzev, opened a new undergraduate course for Fall 2022: Water & Wastewater Systems Design and Operation (CE112). The course covers a variety of topics in the water industry, including design of water treatment and wastewater systems, pipeline systems, history of the water industry, and new challenges involved with climate change.

This course provides an opportunity to learn about real water and wastewater systems and how the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) rehabilitates or builds infrastructure that is sustainable and resilient so that future generations do not experience the infrastructure challenges we are currently facing today.

In this project-based course, students research and investigate how to introduce innovations in the planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of water and wastewater systems, and develop community resilience against natural/manmade hazards through robust resilience planning and design. Furthermore, students have a great opportunity to visit major water and wastewater treatment facilities, including Pardee dam, Camanche dam, San Pablo dam, Pipeline construction site, and EBMUD water and wastewater treatment facilities.


San Pablo Dam (2022.09.09) – Chris Potter, Elizabeth Bialek, and CE 112 class


Sobrante Water Treatment Plant (2022.09.23) – Bryan Miller and CE 112 class

Camanche Dam (2022.09.24) – joint field trip of CE112 Water & Wastewater Systems Design and Operation and CE 281 Engineering Geology class


Kensington Pipeline Replacement (2022.10.7)


CE112 RFS visiting (2022.10.15)


CE112 EBMUD watershed trip (2022.10.28)