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
Environmental Influence on Child Health OutcomesNational Institutes of HealthAlshawabkeh
The Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico (CRECE)National Institute of Health/Environmental Protection AgencyAlshawabkeh
Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PRoTECT)National Institute of HealthAlshawabkehSheahan
Integrating Lateral Contributions and Longitudinal Controls Along River Reaches to Improve SWOT Discharge EstimatesNational Aeronautics and Space Administration, SWOT Science TeamBeighley
Integration of SWOT Measurements into Global Hydrologic ModelsNational Aeronautics and Space Administration, SWOT Science TeamBeighley
Terrestrial Hydrology, Decomposing the Water Storage Signal from Basins in Varied Climate Settings with Remote Sensing and ModelingNational Aeronautics and Space AdministrationBeighley
Collaborative Research: Reevaluating Precipitation Extremes and Flood Hazard in the Wake of Hurricane HarveyNational Science Foundation, Hydrologic SciencesBeighley, Munoz
A Coastal Resilience Collaboratory: Cyber-enabled Discoveries for Sustainable Deltaic CoastsNational Science FoundationChen
Collecting Ecological Data and Models of Living Shoreline Restoration ProjectsUS Geological SurveyChen
Integrating High-Fidelity Models with New Remote Sensing Techniques to Predict Storm Impacts on Louisiana Coastal Deltaic SystemsDepartment of TreasuryChen
Updating USACE's Nearshore Coastal Numerical Model to Calculate Benefits of Vegetated ShorelinesUS Army Corp of EngineersChen
Coastal Flood Prediction and Mitigation: Integrating High-Fidelity Computer Models with Field ObservationsGlobal Resilience InstituteChen, Munoz
Air Climate and Energy Center- SEARCH: Solutions for Energy AiR Climate and HealthEnvironmental Protection AgencyEckelman
Ethics Education in Life Cycle Design, Engineering, and ManagementNational Science FoundationEckelman
Designing and Integrating Life Cycle Assessment Methods for Nanomanufacturing Scale-upNational Science FoundationEckelman
Laboratory and Field Pilot Study on Using Polyethylene Passive Samplers to Monitor Potential PCB Transport Across the Engineered Cap at the Grasse River Superfund SiteEnvironmental Protection AgencyFernandez
Quantitative Thermodynamic Exposure Assessment (Q-TEA) Supporting Resilient Contaminated Sediment Site RestorationStrategic Environmental Research and Development Program (Department of Defense)Fernandez
Tide Gate Modulation of Wetland Function: Decision Support Through Engineering Best PracticesNational Science FoundationFernandez
Deep Machine Learning in the Earth SciencesNational Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGanguly
Expeditions in Computing: Understanding Climate Change: A Data-driven ApproachNational Science FoundationGanguly
High Dimensional Statistical Machine Learning for Spatio-Temporal Data, with Applications to Climate ScienceNational Science FoundationGanguly
Interdependent Network-Based Quantification of Infrastructure Resilience (INQUIRE)National Science FoundationGanguly
Spatio-Temporal Extremes & Association: Marine Adaptation and Survivability Under Climate Change and Rising Ocean TemperaturesNational Science FoundationGanguly
Disaster Resilience of Buildings, Infrastructure, and CommunitiesNational Institute of Standards and TechnologyGangulyHajjar
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
Implementation of a Synthetic Anammox Bio-Granular Technology in the Main Wastewater Treatment LineDARPA Biological TechnologiesMueller
Collaborative Research: Extreme Floods on the Lower Mississippi River in the Context of Late Holocene Climatic VariabilityNational Science FoundationMunoz
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
How does the gastrovascular system in perforate and imperforate corals affect physiological response to environmental stress?National Science FoundationPatterson
CAREER: Developing a Spatial-Temporal Predictive Framework for the Drinking Water MicrobiomeNational Science FoundationPinto
Estimating the Comammox Contribution to Ammonia Oxidation in Nitrogen Removal SystemsWater Environment & Ruse FoundationPinto
Constraining the Source of Oceanic Dissolved Black Carbon Using Compound-Specific Stable Carbon IsotopesNational Science FoundationStubbins
Linking Microbial Diversity, Gene Expression, and the Transformation of Terrestrial Organic Matter in Major US RiversNational Science FoundationStubbins
Transforming our Understanding of Carbon Dioxide Photoproduction in Oceanic WatersNational Science FoundationStubbins


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