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Environmental Specialization
Environmental consciousness and sustainable design have surfaced as primary initiatives during the last forty years. The negative effects of modern society on the earth’s natural environment are the result of industrialization, population growth, and numerous man-made environmental calamities. The prevention of future environmental accidents, reduction of pollutants into the environment, and cleanup of previously contaminated sites have come to be recognized initiatives in virtually all nations.
Environmental engineers translate physical, chemical, biological, and engineering sciences into processes and systems for the protection of the public’s health and safety. Environmental engineers are charged with implementing and designing systems that meet environmental standards and control pollution in water, air, and on land. They also consult with regional authorities in the site selection, design, construction, and management of secure landfills, potable water treatment facilities, and wastewater reclamation plants. Environmental engineers assess the danger of groundwater contamination and devise plans to minimize ecological risk. They study atmospheric conditions and the effects of air pollutants on the surrounding community. Environmental engineers recommend process improvements to reduce the amount of spent/utilized industrial waste.
Employment opportunities for environmental engineering graduates are diverse. Major employers include consulting engineering firms, industrial facilities, local, state and federal governments, as well as regulatory agencies.