Douglas J. Daley, P.E.

















Department of Environmental Resources Engineering


Associate Professor
SUNY Center for Brownfield Studies
Office: 420 Baker Lab
Mail: 402 Baker Lab
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 470-4760 (Office)
(315) 470-6633 (Dept)
(315) 470-6958 (Fax)



ERE 430

Engineering Decision Analysis (Spring)

ERE 468 Solid Waste Management (Fall)

ERE 489

Engineering Planning and Design (Spring)

ERE 545 Environmental Soil Physics (Fall)

Currently enrolled students can find course materials at Syracuse University Blackboard

Note to graduate and non-engineering students: if you are interested in enrolling in one of these classes, please consult me. I often offer alternative course registration opportunities through Special Topics courses.

Independent Research Opportunities for Undergraduate students exist in green infrastructure, brownfield restoration, waste management or related topics.

For many years, we have developed projects in ERE 489 that engage engineering students in collaborative projects with local professional engineers. In 2013, we submitted an application to the NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education.  Read the ERE application about the Scajaquada Creek Restoration project for insights into interdisciplinary engineering education with the professional engineering, planning and landscape architecture community.

Course Descriptions

ERE 430 Engineering Decision Analysis:  time value of money, nominal and effective interest, and present worth, annual worth, rate of return, and benefit-cost ratio comparison techniques.  Identification and evaluation of alternative investment and borrowing decisions, including the role of inflation, depreciation, taxes and uncertainty.  Investment theory including the potential risks and rewards associated with investments options.  Simulation and optimization techniques to aid in management decisions. Ethics.

ERE 468 Solid Waste Management: Introduction to solid waste regulations, social, economic, environmental and technical factors. Design of solid waste management systems, including collection, recycling, composting, energy recovery, land disposal, leachate treatment, and stormwater control. Field trips.

ERE 489 Engineering Planning and Design: A capstone course to integrate engineering coursework with the engineering design process to solve interdisciplinary environmental problems. Semester-long project provides experience in problem analysis, teamwork, project management, engineering ethics, professional communication and related aspects

ERE 545 Environmental Soil Physics: Soil properties. Soil water content and potential, steady water flow in saturated soil, heat flow in soil, transient water flow. Field methods to obtain data for analysis and modeling. Application of analytical and numerical solutions to describe heat and water fluxes in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, unsaturated zone hydrology, and solute transport.


Teaching Highlights:

April 2014: The College Faculty approved ERE 545 Environmental Soil Physics. The course is offered as an elective for engineering and science students interested in understanding the water and heat fluxes in the unsaturated soil. Interactions amongst the soil, plants and atmosphere are explored through lecture, field methods and laboratory methods, and computer simulations.

May 2013: 38 students in ERE 489 completed the capstone engineering course with tremendous support from local professional engineering community, NRCS, and municipalities. Eight design teams prepared plans and designs for: earth dam safety and environmental impact assessment (NRCS, NY), green infrastructure (Onondaga County, Syracuse), constructed treatment wetlands (Chiapas, Mexico), and Scajaquada Creek restoration (Buffalo, NY). The Scajaquada Creek Restoration design project, a two-year collaborative effort with a landscape architecture design studio and the Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper, is the subject of a report submitted with the ERE application to the NCEES Engineering Award.

December 2012: Students in Soil, Plant, Atmosphere and Water Interactions completed were exposed to a variety of field methods and completed the semester with an introduction to soil physics using HYDRUS 1-D. The Solid Waste Management class completed field trips to the local MRF, composting facility and waste-to-energy facility during the semester. They also prepared informational pamphlets about solid waste as part of writing across the curriculum.

April 2012: Congratulations to the ERE/FEG Seniors that completed the Capstone Engineering Design course (ERE 489). Student projects included: Design of Land Cover and Wetland System on a Former Manufactured Gas Plant Site, Utica, NY; Master Plan and Analysis for the Revitalization of the Scajaquada Creek Corridor, Erie County, NY; Design and Sustainability Analysis of a Combined Sewer Overflow Disinfection System, Oswego, NY; Design and Analysis of the Urban Forest to Improve Ecosystem Services, Syracuse, NY; and Design and Feasibility Assessment of Wastewater Sludge and Landfill Gas Management System, Auburn, NY.

May 2010: FEG 489 students completed five service learning projects that involved community partners on projects related to stormwater management. controlled environment agriculture, and wastewater treatment.

February 2010: The FEG 489 engineering students traveled to Lyons Falls to kickoff their joint project with the LSA670/ LSA470 Studio in Landscape & Urban Ecology. This collaborative effort between classes brings Landscape Architecture and Forest Engineering students together on a service learning project that will (hopefully) enhance the learning across disciplines.

January 2010: FEG 489 students are commencing their semester-long capstone design projects including: Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades; Low-Impact Design for Stormwater Management Systems; and Brownfield Redevelopment and Controlled Environment Agriculture.

November 2009: My guest lecture on principles and practice of ecological engineering was given to Urban Ecology, an interdisciplinary class of undergraduate students, can be viewed here.

September 2009: Graduate students in ERE 796 learn about water fluxes in the vadose zone by measuring infiltration rate with the double ring infiltrometer and hydraulic conductivity with the Guelph permeameter.

April 2009: FEG 489 Engineering Design completed their semester capstone design projects. Posters and oral presentations capped off the semester on the following projects: