The Environmental Engineering program offers flexibility in constructing both broad, multidisciplinary and focused intensive areas of study. Its long tradition of collaboration with other groups within and outside the university — and throughout the world — provides a wide scope of opportunities for in-depth study and research.
EnvEng teaching and research emphasize the application of fundamental principles to analyze complex environmental problems and to devise effective solutions. This approach allows one to deal effectively with new environmental problems as they emerge and prepares future engineer-scientists to meet the challenges created globally by increasing urbanization, population growth and ecological degradation
Degree Requirements for EnvEng
Please see the downloadable PDF below for information on degree and course requirements for the Environmental Engineering program.
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EnvEng research focuses on developing state-of-the-art knowledge, models, and processes to protect and sustain natural resources and human health by contributing to the sustainable development of physical infrastructure, including systems for wastewater treatment, water supply, renewable energy, and resilient coastal environments.
Owing to the increasingly interdisciplinary level of research in EnvEng, faculty collaborate extensively with colleagues throughout the university, including with faculty in the Schools of Engineering, Humanities, Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, and Law. Research addresses a broad range of topics related to air, surface and ground water flows, hydrology and water resources, aquatic chemistry and Biology, Process Engineering, and Human Health and the Environment.
Current research includes modeling, laboratory and field studies on:
- movement and fate of biological and chemical contaminants in ground water and surface waters
- physical, chemical and biological processes and mechanisms responsible for the release, transport, transformation and retention of contaminants
- contaminant control processes
- development of alternative energy sources
- fundamental principles of physical, chemical and biological treatment technologies for water, wastewater and solid wastes.
- risk assessment for biological and chemical exposures, human exposure analysis
- impact of water quality and availability on human and ecosystem health
- water and sanitation in developing countries
- coastal water quality
- fluid and sediment transport and mixing processes
- turbulence and its modeling in stratified environments, including biogenic turbulence and mixing
- flow in urban environments, indoor fluid mechanics, and wind energy engineering
- wave-driven flows and flow through vegetation and coral reefs in coastal environments, transport and mixing processes in groundwater flows and enhanced in-situ remediation methods
- reservoir sedimentation and hydrology and hydrologic ecosystem services
Research on these topics is conducted primarily in the Bob and Norma Street Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (EFML) and the Environmental Engineering and Science Laboratory (EESL). The EESL is home to the National Science Foundation (NSF) supported Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt), a four-university consortium that seeks more sustainable solutions to urban water challenges in the arid west, and the William and Cloy Codiga Resource Recovery Center (CR2C), a new facility for pilot-scale testing of resource recovery technology. There is extensive crossover between the EFML and the EESL, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of environmental engineering that seeks to quantify physical, biological, and chemical processes in the environment in an integrated way. More information about these centers can be found on our Labs & Centers page.
EnvEng research is also conducted in numerous centers and groups in the department, including the Environmental Informatics Group, the National Performance of Dams Program (NPDP), and the Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness (SDGC). There is also extensive collaboration with research centers and groups throughout the university, including the Woods Institute for the Environment, the Bill Lane Center for the American West, the Carnegie Institution, the Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford Bio-X, the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Precourt Institute for Energy.
EnvEng encourages and supports a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, a policy that has fostered the growth of collegial relationships among faculty, students and research staff within Stanford, at institutions across the U.S. and around the world. Working together, we will be better able to deal with the environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Below is a partial list of the many linkages, both personal and institutional:
- Bill Lane Center for the American West
- Carnegie Institution
- Center for Innovation in Global Health
- Engineering Informatics Group
- Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program
- Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
- Global Climate & Energy project (GCEP)
- Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment & Resources (IPER)
- National Performance of Dams Program (NPDP)
- Precourt Institute for Energy
- Western Region Hazardous Substance Research Center
- William and Cloy Codiga Resource Recovery Center (CR2C)
- Woods Institute for the Environment