Environmental engineers are distinguished from other environmental professionals through their focus on problem solving, design and implementation of technological or management systems.
Environmental engineers search for creative and economical ways to use resources efficiently, limit the release of residuals into the environment, develop sensitive techniques to track pollutants once released and find effective methods to remediate spoiled resources. They serve as the vital Link to, about, and between scientific discovery, technological development and the societal need for protecting human health and ecological integrity.
Environmental engineering graduates can find careers in environmental, aerospace, agricultural, industrial sectors, among many others. The Civil and Environmental faculty has developed a curriculum that covers the areas of sustainable energy, hydrology, environmental science and technology, water and waste treatment, climatology, and air pollution to name a few. Some research topics coming out of the field of environmental engineering at UC Merced consist of water resources, ecology, sustainable energy, environmental chemistry, ecological engineering, and resource management.
In the coming decades, environmental engineers will increasingly be called upon to address broader issues of environmental sustainability by minimizing the release of residuals through altered production processes and choice of materials; by capturing the resource value of wastes through recovery, recycling and reuse; and by managing natural resources to meet competing societal objectives.
The Environmental Engineering program at UC Merced is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
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Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems.
Agricultural engineers solve problems concerning power supplies, machine efficiency, the use of structures and facilities, pollution and environmental issues, and the storage and processing of agricultural products.
Water Resource Engineering involves the design of new systems and equipment that help manage human water resources. Some of the areas Water Resource Engineers touch on are water treatment facilities, underground wells, and natural springs.
Ecological engineering is the design of sustainable ecosystems that integrate human society with its natural environment for the benefit of both.
Air quality engineers analyze, design, and conduct air quality monitoring and control programs and perform a broad range of field and office engineering duties.
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