The Environmental Engineering program has a dual mission: to develop state-of-the-art knowledge, models, and processes that form the core of environmental engineering practice, and to train and educate current and future academic and professional environmental leaders.
We pursue these goals by synthesizing physical, biological, and chemical facets of engineering and science along with elements of the social sciences into our research and teaching. Ultimately, our goal is 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.
Research and teaching in the Environmental Engineering (EnvEng) program focus on five themes including:
- Aquatic Chemistry & Biology and Process Engineering
- Environmental and Geophysical Fluid Mechanics
- Environmental Modeling and Simulation
- Human Health and the Environment
- Hydrology and Water Resources
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.