Environmental Engineering

Graduate Concentration in Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering is an interdisciplinary degree-granting program engaging faculty from departments in both engineering and the physical sciences, and managed by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Environmental Engineering addresses the development of strategies to control anthropogenic emissions of pollutants to the atmosphere, waterways, and terrestrial environment; the remediation of polluted natural systems; the design of technologies to treat waste; energy efficiency and environmentally responsible power generation; and the evaluation of contaminant fate in the environment. The Environmental Engineering discipline is interdisciplinary and requires a curriculum that provides students with an understanding of fundamentals in air- and water-quality sciences, energy, contaminant fate and transport, and design concepts for pollutant emission control and treatment.

Environmental Engineering includes environmental air and water chemistry, environmental microbiology, combustion technologies, aerosol science, transport phenomena, reactor theory, unit operations and systems design, physical, chemical, and biological processes in relation to water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, pollutant fate and transport, waste disposal, the ecology of natural waters, mathematical modeling, energy systems, soil physics, fluid mechanics, hydrology, and meteorology. Another central theme is global climate change and energy, particularly in relation to carbon footprints and alternative fuels. Interdisciplinary research endeavors commonly bridge many of these different subjects and a current focus is maintained on new and emerging technologies. Curriculum objectives have also been set to maintain a balance between the depth and breadth of program scope for each student.


Environmental Engineering YouTube Video

For a brief introduction of Environmental Engineering program, you are invited to watch this YouTube video to meet the current faculty and students in the program.



Amir AghaKouchak: Modeling hydroclimate extremes, remote sensing of environment, hydrologic processes, and climate change and variability

Jack Brouwer: Advanced energy technologies, fuel cells, energy sources and pollutant emission

William J. Cooper: Environmental chemistry, advanced oxidation processes for water treatment, aquatic photochemistry of carbon cycling

Donald Dabdub: Mathematical modeling of urban and global air pollution, dynamics of atmospheric aerosols, secondary organic aerosols, impact
of energy generation on air quality, chemical reactions at gas-liquid interfaces

Kristen Davis: Coastal ocean circulation, cross-shelf exchange, benthic-pelagic coupling, stratified-shear flows, internal waves, boundary layers, and turbulent flows

Russell L. Detwiler: Groundwater hydrology, contaminant fate and transport, subsurface process modeling, groundwater/surface-water interaction

Derek Dunn-Rankin: Combustion, optical particle sizing, particle aero-dynamics, laser diagnostics and spectroscopy

Xiaogang Gao, Adjunct Professor: Hydroclimatology; remote sensing; precipitation estimation

Stanley B. Grant: Environmental engineering, inland and coastal water quality, coagulation and filtration of colloidal contaminants, environmental microbiology

Kuo-lin Hsu, Associate Adjunct Professor: Hydrologic modeling; artificial neural network applications in hydrology

C. Sunny Jiang: Water pollution microbiology, environmental biotechnology, aquatic microbial ecology

Betty H. Olson: Molecular tools applied to optimizing biological processes in wastewater treatment, environmental microfluidics and biotechnology, drinking/waste water microbiology

Diego Rosso: Environmental process engineering, mass transfer, wastewater treatment, carbon- and energy-footprint analysis

G. Scott Samuelsen: Energy, fuel cells, hydrogen economy, propulsion, combustion and environmental conflict; turbulent transport in complex flows, spray physics, NOx and soot formation, laser diagnostics and experimental methods; application of engineering science to practical propulsion and stationary systems; environmental ethics

Brett F. Sanders: Environmental and computational fluid dynamics, water resources engineering

Jean-Daniel M. Saphores: Transportation economics, planning and policy, environmental and natural resource economics and policy, quantitative methods

Soroosh Sorooshian: Hydrology, hydrometeorology and hydroclimate modeling, remote sensing, water sources management

Jasper A. Vrugt: ecology, aerosol-cloud interactions, hydrometeorology, parallel computing, uncertainty quantification, data assimilation, parameter estimation, Bayesian statistics


Affiliated Faculty

Nancy A. Da Silva: Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering. Bioremediation, genetic engineering

Michael T. Kleinman: Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine. Uptake and distribution of inhaled toxic materials in the respiratory tract; effects of air pollutants on cardio-pulmonary function

Mikael Nilsson: Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Advanced nuclear fuel cycles, actinide chemistry, liquid-liquid extraction, process development, radiolysis, detection and detectors for online process control

Information for Prospective Students

Information for Newly Enrolled Students

Information on Plan of Study for Completion of M.S. Degree

Information on Ph.D. Preliminary Exam

Information on Ph.D. Qualifying Exam

Information on Ph.D. Dissertation and Defense

Link to Graduate Handbook for additional information