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Graduate Degree Programs
M.E., M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. Environmental Resources Engineering

Environmental Resources Engineering takes an interdisciplinary approach to solve environmental resource-related problems in urban and natural settings.

Emphasis is placed on applying science and engineering principles to the analysis and design of engineered systems, processes and products that improve the conservation, restoration, development, and utilization of the built and natural environments. Students use modern engineering tools and techniques such as micrometeorology, remote sensing, hydrodynamic and atmospheric modeling, and systems analysis.

Program Requirements

Applicants to all ERE graduate programs of study are required to have a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering and are expected to have completed at least one 3-credit course in physics, one 3-credit course in statistics, and two 3-credit courses in calculus. Students admitted without the necessary background are required to take additional prerequisite courses required by the department.

Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses beyond the departmental requirements include at least one semester of study in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, or statics; hydrology, chemistry, or biology; and computing methods.

Program mastery courses are arranged to meet the objectives of the individual student program. A student’s program of study in this option may combine competence areas in the other ERE options, or introduce new competence areas.

Participating Faculty

  • Douglas J. Daley;
    water resources, solid and hazardous waste management, ecological engineering, environmental restoration, phytoremediation, bioremediation, soil and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental engineering
  • Nosa O. Egiebor;
    industrial water and wastewater treatment; water quality; water and wastewater chemistry; trace metal analysis in natural and biological systems; adsorption processes by carbonaceous materials and zeolites; production and characterizations of biomass derived fuels and carbonaceous materials (biochar); CO2 capture and sequestration by functionalized carbonaceous materials; sulfide mineral oxidation and acid mine drainage (AMD); nuclear waste solidification; and degradation of materials under extreme environments
  • Theodore A. Endreny;
    water resources engineering, ecological engineering, stream restoration, urban watersheds, lesser-developed countries
  • David R. Gerber;
  • Charles N. Kroll;
    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
  • Timothy H. Morin;
    ecosystem nutrient cycling, wetlands, biogeochemistry, carbon cycle, ecosystem greenhouse gas transport, eddy covariance/micrometeorology
  • Giorgos E. Mountrakis;
    geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatiotemporal analysis, land cover land use change, climate change, biogeography, coupled human and natural systems
  • Lindi J. Quackenbush;
    geospatial information systems, spatial measurements, remote sensing and image processing, particularly focused on spatial techniques for both urban and forest classification, spatial analysis
  • Stephen B. Shaw;
    hydroclimatology, water resources engineering, ecohydrology in a changing climate, water resources, climate change, hydrology, systems modeling, stormwater management
  • Wendong Tao;
    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)
  • Yaqi You;
    environmental microbiology and biotechnology, sustainable food-energy-water nexus, emerging contaminants, biogeochemistry, environmental health and pathogen exposure