The graduate program in Environmental Engineering provides a core background in water chemistry, environmental biology, and process dynamics. Advanced coursework in water and wastewater treatment, bioremediation, pollutants and risk, ground and surface water hydrology, and air pollution is available in Civil Engineering and other allied departments.
Environmental Engineering Research
Original research is a primary component of a graduate program. The current fundamental environmental research will serve as the basis for solving the problems faced by future generations. Practical engineering research is necessary to solve current environmental problems. The following are some of the research topics that Environmental Engineering students and faculty have explored in the last few years:
- Airborne Transport of Pesticides
- Biological Nutrient Removal
- Bioremediation of Subsurface Contaminants
- Fate of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Wastewater Treatment
- Grass Swales for Treatment of Roadway Runoff
- Pathogen Fate and Treatment in Bioretention
- Suspended Solids Capture and Accumulation in Bioretention
- Dissolution of Nonaqueous Phase Contaminants
Environmental Engineering research is conducted in four very well equipped, air-conditioned laboratories totaling approximately 3000 square feet. Recent Thesis and Dissertation Titles
- Characterization and Mobilization of Arsenic in Various Contaminated Materials.
- Design and Construction of Low Power, Portable Photocatalytic Water Treatment Unit using Light Emitting Diode.
- Effect of Terminal Electron Accepting Processes on Acetate Thresholds in Contaminated Sediments.
- The Fate and Behavior of Octyl- and Nonylphenol Ethoxylates and Their Derivatives in Three American Wastewater Treatment Plants and The Back River, Maryland.
- A Field Demonstration of a Quantitative Framework for Defining the Limits on In Situ Bioremediation.
- Field Evaluation of Hydrologic and Water Quality Benefits of Grass Swales for Managing Highway Runoff Field.
- Field Evaluation of Low Impact Development Practices for Treatment of Highway Runoff in an Ultra-Urban Area.
- Subsurface Heterogeneities, Interfaces, and Biodegradation: Defining the Limits on In Situ Bioremediation.
- The Use of Hatchery Residual Biosorbent for Removal of Heavy Metals from Wastewater.
For the Master of Science degree, three Core courses are required for all students:
- ENCE 650 - Process Dynamics of Environmental Systems
- ENCE 651 - Chemistry of Natural Waters
- ENCE 637 - Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering
Additionally, three other courses should be selected. The remaining 2 or 4 courses (depending on the degree option chosen) are electives and must be approved by the student's advisor.
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Last updated October 23, 2017