Environmental Engineering

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.


The specific goals of the program are:

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 2015-2016
Head count: 28
Graduated: 2


Academic year 2014-2015
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 is 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.

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