Environmental Processes, M.Eng. Focus

The Environmental Processes faculty focus on advancing fundamental knowledge and developing sustainable technologies that can contribute to the paradigm shifts needed to face the most urgent environmental challenges facing human societies such as energy/resources crises and climate change.  

We train our students to develop the skills and ability to apply multi-disciplinary tools and more sustainable approaches for reducing detrimental environmental and health impacts resulting from chemical and biological contaminants. Our faculty are experimentalists and modelers exploring fundamental changes to earth system processes and elemental cycling, the fate and transformation of emerging chemical and microbiological contaminants, the eco-evolutionary dynamics of spatially-structured populations, and the recovery of valuable resources from waste streams. We are also technological innovators, developing monitoring tools and sustainable treatment and recovery technologies to protect public health from exposure to chemical and biological contaminants and new processes for producing clean energy carriers.

Possible Projects include:

Renewable Energy: Bioelectricity from Waste Material

Environmental Processes (EP) Sample Program
CEE 4510 Microbiology for Environmental Engineering (3 cr.)
CEE 6530 Water Chemistry for Environmental Engineering (3 cr.)
CEE 6550 Transport, Mixing, and Transformation in the Environment (3 cr.) 
CEE 6560 Physical/Chemical Process (3 cr.)
CEE 6020 (SEM 102) Environmental Processes Seminar (1 cr.)
Fall Total: 16 credits

CEE 4530 Laboratory Research in Environmental Engineering (3 cr.)
CEE 6570 Biological Processes (3 cr.)
CEE 65801Biodegradation and Biocatalysis -or- CEE 6590 Environmental Organic Chem. (3 cr.)
CEE 5970 Risk Analysis and Management (3 cr.)
CEE 6021 (SEM 102) Environmental Processes Seminar (1 cr.)
CEE 5022 Project in EWRE - AguaClara (3 cr.)
Spring Total: 16 credits                                                                       Program total 32 credits

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Testing the waters

A glimpse into Associate Professor Ruth Richardson's research, where she and members of her lab tested a new water-monitoring technology that could drastically reduce the time state park swim areas must close.