Studies in this specialization focus on engineering principles, theories and methods pertaining to the understanding and protection of our natural environment. Courses address the design and operation of water treatment and distribution systems, wastewater collection and treatment systems, industrial waste treatment, surface and groundwater hydrology, mathematical modeling of receiving water systems, environmental systems analysis, and land disposal of hazardous wastes.
We also offer undergraduate and graduate courses in geotechnical engineering that emphasize the design and analysis of building foundations, dams and natural slopes, waterfront and offshore structures, and tunnels, and stable foundations under different soil, rock or groundwater conditions; geosynthetics engineering as applied to waste disposal facilities; and geotechnology for soil and groundwater remediation.
Faculty research projects include: assessment of water quality and environmental aesthetics in urban river systems, optimization of tributary monitoring and evaluation of contaminant loading within the Great Lakes region, numerical and physical modeling of the subsurface, containment characteristics of natural and synthetic liners, evaluation of the effect of compaction conditions on the unsaturated behavior of natural soil systems, and numerical analysis and prediction of the transport characteristics of mixed waste streams in groundwater systems.
C. J. Miller, Ph.D., P.E., University of Michigan
S.P. McElmurry, Ph.D., Michigan State University