Environmental Sustainability

A sustainable future involves environmental, economic and social priorities. Over the last 50 years, since the original Earth Day in 1970, our focus has been on environmental issues. A proliferation of federal laws has established diverse requirements for building and operating engineering solutions. The purpose of this track is to provide an overall environmental framework for this critical aspect of sustainability.

Key knowledge, skills and capabilities for a sustainable engineer specializing in the Environmental Sustainability track include:

  • Gas and particulate identification/analysis, waste/chemical balance
  • Input/output process management
  • LCA/thermal management
  • Biodiversity, ecosystems, habitat

Top research areas:

  • Sustainable air quality
  • Waste management
  • Industrial processes
  • Climate change mitigation/adaptation
  • Sustainable geological processes

Key courses include:

CHE7561 Air Pollution Control
CHE8651 Biomass Conversion
CEE7502 Fundamentals: Environmental Engineering Processes
CEE7513 Fate-Transporting Contaminants
CEE8707 Physical/Chemical Treatment Process