Message From the Program Chair

Dr. Margaret J. Kupferle, EES Program Chair 

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Greetings and thank you for visiting!  Our program here at the University of Cincinnati encompasses a brand new undergraduate program offering a B.S. in Environmental Engineering, as well as an established, internationally recognized graduate program offering research-based M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science.  We also offer a non-thesis Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Environmental Engineering that may be of particular interest to professionals who want to pursue graduate level education to further their careers without being tied to an in-depth research project.  At the graduate level, our research focus areas include Water Quality, Environmental Hydro-Systems and Air Quality with an overarching emphasis on Sustainability, especially in an urban context.

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Our faculty members are some of the best in the nation as evidenced by our publications in peer-reviewed journals, invited presentations around the world, and our ability to secure competitive government agency funding from agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Health, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and the U.S. Army.  We also have a track record of partnering with local utilities as well as corporate entities such as Pegasus, Inc., DuPont, DOW Chemicals, Shaw Environmental, Inc., and Proctor and Gamble.  Several of our mid to senior level faculty members won the highly competitive NSF Early Career Award/Presidential Young Investigator Award while Assistant Professors, and all of our faculty members are recognized or rising researchers and/or educators.  Our graduate students also have won prestigious awards including the EPA STAR Grant for graduate research and top prizes from the Association of Environmental Engineers and Science Professors, American Chemical Society, Air and Waste Management Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.  We are looking for some great things from our new undergraduates as well!


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Our Environmental Engineering undergraduate program was established in Fall 2012.  Building on our long-standing and nationally recognized graduate program, the undergraduate program provides students with the background necessary to bridge the gap between understanding challenging societal problems in the air, water, land, and subsurface environments, and preventing and solving them in a sustainable manner.  Based on a foundation of basic sciences, mathematics and engineering fundamentals, upper-level coursework includes analysis and design of water and wastewater treatment systems, water resources, air pollution control technologies, solid waste and hazardous waste management and sustainability. All students are required to work as co-op students in the middle three years of the five-year program, and senior-year students participate in a capstone-design experience.  Both co-op and the capstone project serve to connect the classroom with practice.

Environmental engineering is an exciting career path that contributes to solving many of the pressing issues facing our world today. An environmental engineer’s work may encompass every aspect of importance related to environmental and human health, including access to clean water and renewable energy; resource recovery and reuse; clean up of contaminated soil, water and air; green product development; predicting and dampening impacts of climate change; development and enforcement of regulations; and research on emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals or toxins from algal blooms.  The need for environmental engineers will continue to increase as we strive to cope with expanding urbanization, crumbling infrastructures, global climate change, and the stresses on resources provided by an increase in the human population.

If you are interested in our program, we are interested in hearing from you!  Potential students, potential research collaborators, interested educators, alumni or anyone else wanting to know more about how you can become a stakeholder in the Environmental Engineering and Science Program at the University of Cincinnati are invited to contact us and arrange a visit to our program.