Michael Celia

Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office Phone
E409 Engineering Quad

PhD          Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1983.
MA           Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1981.
MS           Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1979.
BS           Civil Engineering, Lafayette College, 1978.

Concurrent University Appointments
  • Associated Faculty, High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Associated Faculty, Department of Geosciences
Honors, Awards, DISTINCTIONS
  • Honorary Doctoral Degree, University of Stuttgart, 2018
  • Elected to National Academy of Engineering, 2016
  • Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, International Society of Porous Media, 2014
  • Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2008
  • Hydrologic Sciences Award, American Geophysical Union, 2005
Research Interests

Professor Celia's areas of research include ground-water hydrology, multi-phase flow in porous media, numerical modeling, and subsurface energy systems with a focus on geological sequestration of carbon dioxide and shale-gas systems.  Ongoing projects include development of new simulation tools to model CO2 injection, migration, and possible leakage associated with carbon capture and geological sequestration (CCS); multi-scale modeling of fluid flow and contaminant transport in porous and fractured media; modeling CO2 injection into highly reactive rocks; analysis of large-scale infrastructure development for commercial-scale CCS operations; and measurements of methane leakage to the atmosphere along old oil and gas wells and other hydrocarbon infrastructure.  The CCS work is part of a large industry-funded multi-disciplinary effort at Princeton known as the Carbon Mitigation Initiative.


ENV 302/CEE 302/EEB 302  Practical Models for Environmental Systems
CEE 581  Theory of Groundwater Flow


Selected Publications