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Environmental Engineering

Creating and ensuring the world has clean and healthy environments including is one of the greatest challenges 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 to natural and manmade environments, with new technologies being needed to address the world’s increasing challenges to establish environmental health.  Civil and Environmental Engineers take vital leadership roles both technically and as trusted advisors and policy makers.

As a student of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University who wants to focus on environmental engineering, you will learn to tackle interconnected challenges in water, energy, waste, air pollution, and related fields, all in the context of a changing planet.  This technical area at Northeastern University covers a wide range of technologies and design solutions for natural systems, from the molecular scale to global climate change.

Areas of study

Our faculty work on creating hardware and software tools to better monitor, predict, and mitigate environmental pollution and create clean environments.

  • Impact of climate change
  • Hydrologic modeling and dynamic simulation
  • Coastal processes and engineering
  • Remote sensing of the environment
  • Biotechnology and microbial ecology
  • Advanced water treatment processes
  • Water-energy nexus
  • Industrial ecology and techno-economic assessment
  • Resource recovery
  • Development of environmental remediation techniques
  • Sensing of organic and inorganic pollutants in the environment