Environmental Engineering

Creating solutions that enhance quality of life for people while protecting, improving or restoring the natural environment.


Our faculty specialize in research areas ranging from geoenvironmental engineering and contaminant transport to life cycle assessment, often combining traditional fields such as biochemistry and hydrology with wireless sensing, machine learning and other nascent technologies.

We’re interested in advancing technologies that make infrastructure effective today, and resilient over time. This means, for example, building water and sewer systems that can absorb the impacts of climate change with little disruption to service or developing new building materials that not only require less energy to produce, they can actually capture carbon from the atmosphere. We have researchers who approach challenges at the local level, too, such as designing point-of-use water filtration systems or creating models to help developing or rural communities build capacity for sustained access to essential human services.

Regardless of scale, we take a whole-picture approach, recognizing that good solutions must factor in cultures and behavior as well as geology and technology. As a department that combines deep expertise in systems engineering, from modeling, analysis and risk assessment to human factors, with traditional areas of civil and environmental engineering such as transportation, storm water management and infrastructure monitoring, we are ideally positioned to tackle the most difficult challenges we face as a society.

ESE Faculty in Environmental Engineering