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

Craig H. Benson, PhD, PE, NAE

Craig H. Benson, PhD, PE, NAE


Hamilton Endowed Chair in Engineering

Thornton Hall A124

Phone: 608-444-0007
chbenson@virginia.edu
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Lindsay Ivey-Burden

Lindsay Ivey-Burden


Assistant Professor, Academic General Faculty, Teaching Track

Olsson Hall 102A

Phone: 434-243-1250
li6n@virginia.edu
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Andres Clarens

Andres Clarens


Professor

Olsson Hall 111E

Phone: 434-924-7966
afc7r@virginia.edu
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Lisa Colosi-Peterson

Lisa Colosi-Peterson


Associate Professor

Olsson Hall 111D

Phone: 434-924-7961
lmc6b@virginia.edu
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Teresa B. Culver

Teresa B. Culver


Associate Professor

Venkataraman Lakshmi

Venkataraman Lakshmi


Professor

Olsson Hall 102E

Phone: 434-982-2052
vl9tn@virginia.edu
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Garrick Louis

Garrick Louis


Associate Professor

Olsson Hall 101A

Phone: 434-982-2742
gel7f@virginia.edu
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Marek-Jerzy Pindera

Marek-Jerzy Pindera


Professor of Applied Mechanics

Thornton Hall D214

Phone: 434-924-1040
mp3g@virginia.edu
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Julianne Quinn

Julianne Quinn


Assistant Professor

Majid Shafiee-Jood

Majid Shafiee-Jood


Assistant Professor, Academic General Faculty, Research Track

James A. Smith

James A. Smith


Henry L. Kinnier Professor of Civil Engineering

Thornton Hall, D215

Phone: 434-924-7991
jas9e@virginia.edu
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