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.  Our faculty work on creating hardware and software tools to better monitor, predict, and mitigate environmental pollution and create clean environments.  Areas of study include 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, and sensing of organic and inorganic pollutants in the environment.

Selected Research Projects - Environmental

ProjectFunding AgencyFaculty
Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PRoTECT)National Institute of HealthAlshawabkehSheahan
Terrestrial Hydrology, Decomposing the Water Storage Signal from Basins in Varied Climate Settings with Remote Sensing and ModelingNational Aeronautics and Space AdministrationBeighley
Ethics Education in Life Cycle Design, Engineering, and ManagementNational Science FoundationEckelman
Designing and Integrating Life Cycle Assessment Methods for Nanomanufacturing Scale-upNational Science FoundationEckelman
Quantitative Thermodynamic Exposure Assessment (Q-TEA) Supporting Resilient Contaminated Sediment Site RestorationStrategic Environmental Research and Development Program (Department of Defense)Fernandez
Expeditions in Computing: Understanding Climate Change: A Data-driven ApproachNational Science FoundationGanguly
Water scarcity/temperature in the US with climate/population changeAdvanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (Department of Energy)Ganguly
Disaster Resilience of Buildings, Infrastructure, and CommunitiesNational Institute of Standards and TechnologyGangulyHajjar
Investigate Mechanisms For Optimization And Design Of Side-Stream EBPR Process As A Sustainable Approach For Achieving Stable And Efficient P RemovalWater Environment Research FoundationOnnis-Hayden
Muddy River Water QualityBrookline, Boston, State of MAWei
CAREER: Quantum Dot Degradation in Aquatic EnvironmentsNational Science FoundationLarese-Casanova
Insights to Selenium Cycling and Remediation Revealed by Stable Oxygen IsotopesNational Science FoundationLarese-CasanovaOnnis-Hayden
How does the gastrovascular system in perforate and imperforate corals affect physiological response to environmental stress?National Science FoundationPatterson


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