Environmental Engineering

With only one world to live in, environmental engineers are helping make sure we handle it with care. The skills of environmental engineers are becoming increasingly important as we attempt to protect the fragile resources of our planet. Students in Environmental Engineering will have the opportunity to apply science and engineering principles to improve the environment, water, air and land.

In Civil Engineering you can prepare for a great future with an environmental engineering career that offers a remarkable opportunity to positively affect the quality of life in our communities, our country, and our planet. Check out the Environmental Engineering area and join in on the excitement! You will have opportunities for research and education in a wide range of issues, including remediation of contaminated soils and sediments, industrial and solid waste treatment, water and wastewater treatment, air pollution measurement and control, urban and agricultural air and water quality management, understanding the environmental fate of pollutants, and sustainable engineering. Other options are also available through the Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering.

Our Environmental Engineering faculty have leadership roles and participate in numerous national and campus centers and institutes. We offer flexible academic options and research opportunities in our top environmental facilities for undergraduate students, as well as MS and PhD graduate degree programs. The Purdue Air & Waste Management Association also offers opportunities for student involvement in the advancement of environmental knowledge.


Spotlights

April 15, 2015

Engineers investigate possible lingering impacts from Elk River chemical spill

In January 2014, thousands of gallons of chemicals spilled into West Virginia's Elk River, near Charleston. With support from a National Science Foundation (NSF) rapid response research grant (RAPID), environmental engineer Andrew Whelton led a research team that went door-to-door taking water samples within days of the spill.
March 26, 2015

Prof. Hua appointed member of EPA Board of Scientific Counselors

Inez Hua, Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering, was recently appointed as a member of the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources, a subcommittee of the U.S. EPA Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), for a three year term.
January 8, 2015

Prof. Blatchley receives funding to advance innovation

Prof. Chip Blatchley received $31,186 from the Trask Innovation Fund to support "Continuous-Flow Solar UV Disinfection System," an innovation that kills waterborne microorganisms and produces safer drinking water.
December 18, 2014

Report: culvert repairs pose environmental risks, require safeguards

A new report recommends that states require standardized testing to safeguard against environmental contamination caused by a widely used method for rehabilitating aging drainage culverts. Culverts divert stormwater away from roadways and are frequently made of concrete or corrugated metal. These objects are generally out of sight, but across the United States culvert infrastructure is decaying, said Andrew Whelton, an assistant professor in Purdue's Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering and Lyles School of Civil Engineering.
March 18, 2013

CE professor uses streaming video to teach students sustainable skills

Prof. Larry Nies has been teaching students about the importance of sustainability for more than a decade. Though the significance of enduring, productive systems is typically discussed in an engineering context in his classes, sustainability and productivity also characterize the instructional technology Nies has incorporated into coursework in recent semesters, notably his use of instructor- and student-produced online video.
January 22, 2013

Jafvert honored as Guest Professor

Prof. Chad Jafvert was awarded "Honorary Guest Professor" at Southeast University in Nanjing, China on January 9, 2013.
January 27, 2012

Second cohort named for IMPACT program

Prof. Larry Nies is one of 27 instructors at Purdue participating in the IMPACT program (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) in an effort to improve rates of course completion and retention in foundational courses.
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