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Environmental Engineering, M.Eng.

Professor Matt Reid and students

The faculty in Environmental Engineering are passionate about water, the environment, energy, and the creation of new solutions for evolving environmental challenges and want to share that excitement and knowledge with you. 

Courses and seminars span the water-energy nexus that include sustainable water supply and sustainable energy. More traditional topics include hydrology, wastewater treatment, environmental remediation, organic micro-pollutants and emerging contaminants. One also needs to understand how pollutants move through the environment so the program includes environmental fluid mechanics, environmental transport processes, experimental methods and monitoring, and numerical methods and modeling. After studying problems and understanding the issues, engineers need to develop solutions to manage our water and land resources, and to protect the environment.

Environmental Engineering, M.Eng.

Program Overview
The Master of Civil and Environmental degree with a specialization in Environmental Engineering is generally completed in two semesters but for those interested in a more immersive Cornell experience there is a three-semester option as well. Merit-based partial fellowships are available for top students. 

Flexible electives allow students to select courses from across the university with almost limitless possibilities. Students generally select courses that provide depth in one of the four focus areas while getting a broad background in environmental engineering. The Environmental Engineering M.Eng. specialization includes four areas in which M.Eng. students can focus:

Watch the Cornell University Environmental Engineering M.Eng. Info Session recorded on November 19, 2020. Francis Vanek, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Environmental Engineering M.Eng. Program and Melissa Totman, Assistant Director of Graduate Programs discuss course requirements, the project experience, degree fundamentals, careers, admissions and answer questions from the audience.

Click here to watch the Info. Session


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Recent graduates have received job offers from a wide array of top firms including: Arcadis, Black & Veatch, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Brown and Caldwell, CH2M, GHD, ERM, Nomura Research Institute, QEA Anchor, and Veolia North America as well as water departments of major cities, startup consulting, and more.

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The Cornell Masters of Engineering program is one of our top recruiting locations. The students are well prepared due to the technical knowledge and analytical problem-solving capabilities which they learn. But it’s the self-motivation, oral & written communication skills, team-building and leadership skills which they learn that make them excellent consultants and allow them to quickly progress within our organization.

— VP at Global Engineering Consulting Firm

Apply your skills to a real engineering problem

M.Eng. Environmental Project Experience

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Many universities focus on teaching students what the faculty know; with our design projects we educate engineers to generate new knowledge.
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