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Ecological Engineering

M.P.S., M.S., Ph.D.

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Ecological Engineering is the design of ecosystems for the mutual benefit of humans and the environment. Ideal design considers humans to be part of nature rather than apart from nature. At ESF we believe that ecological engineering education and research should meet local to global needs. We teach and research sustainable solutions and approach ecological engineering broadly, working in many areas of the world and in most major areas of ecological engineering.

Ecological Engineering emphasizes engineering design of ecosystems consistent with ecological principles of natural, self-organizing, self-maintaining systems. This interdisciplinary field incorporates knowledge in engineering, ecology and social sciences to produce energy- and information-efficient solutions to environmental problems. Public policy, ethics and values are considered in the decision-making process. Students select between alternative solutions to ecological resource problems, in recognition of environmental, economic, legal, social and managerial constraints.

Looking Forward

Graduates from the ecological engineering option commonly find employment or continue their advanced graduate education in any of the following areas of practice:

  1. Ecosystem restoration, including watershed, river, forest and wetland restoration
  2. Design of sustainable systems for wastewater treatment and stormwater management
  3. Environmental remediation
  4. Urban ecosystem design and development
  5. Industrial ecology, life cycle analysis and sustainability analysis

Participating Faculty

  • Douglas J. Daley; djdaley@esf.edu
    water resources, solid and hazardous waste management, ecological engineering, environmental restoration, phytoremediation, bioremediation, soil and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental engineering
  • Theodore A. Endreny; te@esf.edu
    water resources engineering, ecological engineering, stream restoration, urban watersheds, lesser-developed countries
  • Charles N. Kroll; cnkroll@syr.edu
    stochastic and deterministic hydrology, environmental modeling, water resource systems engineering, ecological engineering, urban forestry, drought assessment, environmental systems engineering, stochastic and deterministic modeling, risk assessment, coupled human and natural systems
  • Wendong Tao; wtao@esf.edu
    Ecological engineering and sustainable wastewater treatment (Constructed wetland, gravel biofilter, anammox-based nitrogen removal processes); Resource recovery from bioresidues (anaerobic digestion, solid-liquid separation, struvite recovery, ammonia recovery)
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ESF ecological engineering is in New York, Mexico, Honduras, and Belize.


Current Graduate Students in Ecological Engineering


Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Madhuri Dinakar

Madhuri Dinakar

mdinakar@syr.edu
Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Tao
Undergraduate Institute: PES Institute of Technology (Biotechnology)

Favorite Quote
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonardo da Vinci



Ryan Morrison

Ryan Morrison

rsmorris@syr.edu
Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny
Undergraduate Institute: Unity College (Wildlife Biology, Ma)

Home Page
Web Link



Brenna Mosher

Brenna Mosher

bsmosher@syr.edu
Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny
Undergraduate Institute: Clarkson University (Environmental Engine)


Michael Reubens

Michael Reubens

mreubens@syr.edu
Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Daley
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY University at Buffalo (Environmental Engine)

Graduate Research Topic
Ecological function of native vs. commercial green roof species

Favorite Quote
Today is the first day of the rest of your life



Emily Stephan

Emily Stephan

eastepha@syr.edu
Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Endreny
Undergraduate Institute: Cornell University (Environmental/Sanita)

Graduate Research Topic
Coupled human and natural systems, river restoration, watershed sustainability

Favorite Quote
If we surrendered to Earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. -Rainer Maria Rilke

Home Page
Web Link



Anayo Ukwuani

Anayo Ukwuani

atukwuan@syr.edu
Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao
Undergraduate Institute: University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Previous Graduate Study: University Putra Malaysia (Civil Engineering )

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
Recent global environmental issues have deeply fascinated my interest in studying an environmental course at university level, which I believe will lead to designing a sustainable system to enhance the survival and existence of our ecosystem.

Graduate Research Topic
Resource/nutrient recovery

Favorite Quote
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, To leave the world a better place than what I've found… To know even one life has breathed easier Because I have lived…this is to have succeeded. __Ralph Waldo Emerson



Jianfeng Wen

Jianfeng Wen

jwen01@syr.edu
Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao
Undergraduate Institute: Shaanxi Normal University (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: Nanjing University (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Ecological Engineering

Quote on Graduate Experience
"Cherish the opportunity, enrich my life!"



Scott Wolcott

Scott Wolcott

scwolcot@syr.edu
Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Endreny and Newman
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Center Buffalo (Civil Engineering)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY Center Buffalo (Civil Engineering )

Graduate Research Topic
Treatment of High Strength Organic Wastewater using Green Walls

Favorite Quote
“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.” - Colin Powell




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