Environmental engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to protect the environment and remediate contaminated sites. Chemical and environmental engineers develop and design processes to provide healthy air, water and soil. They also develop green products and sustainable processes. Using their background in process engineering, environmental chemistry, earth sciences and biology, engineers have to meet the current and future challenges in protecting, managing and restoring the environment.
Ongoing research in the area of environmental engineering in our department includes the study of wastewater treatment processes, biodegradation of emerging pollutants, advanced oxidation processes, transport and fate of waterborne contaminants, production of alternative fuels, environmental nanotechnology for remediation of contaminated soils and waters, green chemistry for safer products and processes, and development of biosensors for pollutant detection.