Environmental Engineering




Are you interested in engineering better environments? Are you passionate about the preservation, prevention, control, remediation, and restoration of our very home – Mother Earth? Would you be willing to transform abandoned regions into thriving economic centers? Or how about converting waste into renewable energy?  Then you are welcome to explore our program in environmental engineering in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE).

Environmental engineering is a thriving field poised to grow tremendously in the future. This demand could be attributed to the fact that there are about 200,000 contaminated sites in the United States that require cleanup costing $187 Billion. The water infrastructure work is expected to be about $120 Billion over the next 15 years. CSU’s program is designed to address the various needs and demands of the environmental engineering industry through emphasizing the fundamentals. A summer internship is a requirement of the program and typically the department, in collaboration with the Office of Career Services, assists students in identifying paid internships during summer.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering (ENE) grew from our flagship Water Resources Management program at CSU at the International Center for Water Resources Management (ICWRM) and is designed to prepare students in the engineering aspects of sustaining a proper environment related to air, water, solid waste and energy necessary for public health. The Environmental Engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The program requires learning mathematics (including advanced courses in Differential equations and Multivariate calculus), physics, chemistry, basic geology, and microbiology in the early years of study to prepare for advanced courses during a student’s junior and senior years. The basic engineering science component of the curriculum will be offered through the Manufacturing Engineering (MFE) Department of the University and at  ICWRM. The ENE curriculum at Central State University is unique with courses in water treatment, wastewater treatment, air quality engineering, and soil and water pollution, water and environmental law, environmental policy and in many other related aspects of environmental engineering. The program also incorporates advanced technology tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing.

Our Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Management faculty and students are forefront in contributing to the University’s Land Grant Mission. They are actively involved in advancing conservation engineering methods in agriculture leading to sustainability of our nation’s food systems.

Environmental Engineering Program Mission Statement

The overarching mission of the program is to prepare engineers who specialize in the field of environmental systems at the baccalaureate level, and who understand how to apply engineering principles to solve water resources and environmental problems and harness energy while maintaining integrity of the ecosystem. The program offers opportunities for students to gain additional knowledge in related areas such as policy, economics and legal aspects of environmental issues, and geospatial and sensor technologies as applied to environmental problems.

Specific goals of the program

1. To impart knowledge of planning, designing, operating and optimally managing systems essential for human health and biodiversity. Such systems are designed for the abatement and control of pollution of ecosystems comprising air, water and soils in residential, occupational, city and regional environments.

2. To provide education in the application of environmental engineering principles for environmental processes and systems at localized and distributed scales.

3. To provide training in the applications of principles to solving practical environmental problems.

4. To introduce the concepts of sustainable energy development and energy recovery from waste.

 

The ENE program provides a quality education to a diverse student population who will be empowered to develop their full potential as engineers, leaders and citizens of a global society.  The program provides an opportunity to apply knowledge in mathematics and sciences successfully to solve engineering challenges, function competently in multidisciplinary teams, communicate effectively, use modern tools and technology in engineering design, and understand professional, legal and ethical responsibilities.  Graduates are trained to contribute to the enhancement of the quality of environment, health, wellness, and wealth of the society and themselves, their community, and growth of the environmental and other engineering industries.

Program Educational Objectives

The ENE program is dedicated to preparing students for careers in environmental engineering in the municipal, agriculture, and industrial sectors. The program identified five specific educational objectives (PEOs) to address local, state and national opportunities and needs in this field and expects graduates to attain these objectives within few years of graduation. The five PEOs are to:

  1. Be employed as practicing engineers in environmental engineering or related fields (civil, chemical, ecological, or agriculture) and satisfy and exceed employers’ expectations
  2. Develop professionally through attainment of licensure, or through enrolling in or completing advanced studies in engineering or engineering management
  3. Attain progressive management or leadership positions through professionalism and adherence to engineering code, ethics and responsibilities
  4. Contribute to sustainable development of civil, process, and industrial infrastructures through natural resource conservation, environmental preservation and protection, economic and environmental justice stewardship
  5. Make a positive impact on the environment, public health, and wellness of global society.

Student outcomes

The Department of Water Resources Management assesses its ENE curriculum using the ABET student outcomes listed below.

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs subject to constraints.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to think, listen and communicate effectively.
  8. An understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment and graduation data

Academic year 2016-2017
Head count: 30
Graduated: 2

Academic year 2015-2016
Head count: 28
Graduated: 2

Careers in Environmental Engineering

The program prepares students to become planning/ design/ construction engineers in consulting firms, State and Federal agencies, city governments; system operational professionals in water/ wastewater/ solid waste functions in cities.  Upon joining a firm or an agency, the graduates are expected to have advancing careers culminating in visible managerial positions. Environmental Engineering is ideally suited for students with a strong sense of concern for a healthy environment across various sections of the populace nationally and internationally.

Financial Aid

Central State University offers a variety of financial aid packages and scholarships. Students and incoming freshman in the College of Science and Engineering qualify for the US Department of Agriculture’s 1890 Land Grant scholarships.  The college is also proud of offering assistance through the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) - Ohio Alliance and HBCU-Undergraduate Programs. In particular, the Department of Water Resources Management offers scholarships for its majors up to $ 7500 per year (or $ 10,500 if out-of-state) to qualified incoming freshman through a grant funded by the National Science Foundation through its S-STEM program. For details, please contact Dr. Krishna Kumar Nedunuri or Dr. Ramanitharan Kandiah (PI on the grant) at rkandiah@centralstate.edu for more details.

Our Campus

The campus is situated in the Miami valley region in Wilberforce, 4 miles Northeast of Xenia, Ohio and 18 miles east of Dayton, Ohio on the scenic Highway 42. Tawawa woods, a natural reserve serves as a beautiful backdrop to the campus. Massies creek, a major tributary to the Little Miami River, Ohio nestles through the woods and serves as the outdoor learning laboratory and a field station for our students. The university’s water treatment plant provides a unique opportunity for our students to gain practical experience on water treatment and distribution. The campus is located in the middle of sprawling and beautiful golden green cornfields of southwestern Ohio however it is 18 miles to Dayton, Ohio’s sixth largest city and within 55 miles to major metropolitan cities Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus. The campus is close to one of the nation's finest bike path networks http://miamivalleytrails.org. Our students enjoy strong support from the CSU alumni association and its successful and dedicated members who are spread across the entire United States.

Students may either commute or live in the residence halls on campus. Students may choose to participate in extracurricular activities such as varsity and intramural sports, student government, student professional societies, fraternities and sororities, and Army ROTC. Both ENE and MFE students can become members of national professional societies such as the American Water Works Association and National Society for Black Engineers.

For additional information, please write or call:

Department of Water Resources Management

CJ Mc Lin Jr. Building
Central State University
PO Box 1004
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384
(937) 376-6455



Office of Admissions
Central State University
PO Box 547
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384
(937) 376-6348



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