Environmental engineers face challenges of enormous and global complexity. Environmental engineers are called upon to be competent cross-disciplinary problem solvers. In future practice environmental engineers will continue to appraise the impact of human activity on the environment, minimize and mitigate such impacts, and tend to the natural environment as the earth’s life support system.
In our undergraduate program, students acquire the technical competency, communication skills, and global awareness to assume a leadership role in the environmental management arena of the future. Students experience a holistic learning environment where they integrate principles from chemical, physical, biological, and social sciences, and engineering disciplines. Field investigation, hypothesis testing by analytical and numerical experimentation, recognition of societal and economic constraints, and synthesis through mathematical modeling are integrated in the analysis of environmental problems and the creation of appropriate solutions. This knowledge base will be tested in the evaluation of real-world natural and engineered processes that impact environmental quality.