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Environmental Engineering

Creating and maintaining clean and healthy environments is one of the most important opportunities of our time. More than 5 million children under the age of five die every year due to the lack of clean water and basic sanitation.  Revolutionary strategies are needed to engineer a symbiotic design for natural and manmade environments, with new technologies necessary to address increasing challenges to global environmental health.  Civil and Environmental Engineers take vital leadership roles both technically and as trusted advisors, policy makers, and leaders to design and transform our environments.

Our expertise in environmental engineering is aimed at tackling interconnected challenges in the context of a changing planet. This technical area at Northeastern University covers a wide range of technologies and design solutions for the biological and chemical processes that underlie water, solid waste, air, site assessment/remediation, and environmental health and safety.

Areas of study

  • Hardware and software tools to better monitor, predict, and mitigate environmental pollution and create clean environments
  • Remote sensing of the environment
  • Biotechnology and microbial ecology
  • Advanced water treatment processes
  • Industrial ecology and techno-economic assessment
  • Resource recovery
  • Environmental and human health nexus
  • Development of environmental remediation techniques
  • Sensing of organic and inorganic pollutants in the environment
  • Impact of climate change
  • Atmospheric chemistry and transport
  • Air quality modeling and forecasting