The Environmental Engineering program at Michigan Technological
University is recognized nationally and internationally for
its research and development of physical and chemical processes.
In the past 15 years, over 35 externally funded research projects
in this area were successfully completed with project funds
totaling over 10 million dollars. In addition, nine awards were
granted by various national professional organizations for outstanding
research. This included two Ph.D. dissertations and three masters
Students within this program learn the fundamental tools which are essential for the development
and problem solving of physical and chemical processes. In addition, they are also exposed to a
wide range of environmental science and engineering topics which include: atmospheric
pollution fate and transport, surface water quality, groundwater fate and transport, soil and
subsurface groundwater remediation, and wastewater treatment.
Students with an emphasis on physical and chemical
processes perform research on the development of new air and water treatment technologies,
improve existing technologies through experimentation and mathematical modeling or develop
improved design procedures for new and existing treatment technologies. Recent and
Present research programs include:
- Development of predictive models to evaluate the design and operation of potable water
treatment system on-board the proposed International Space Station (ISS).
- Development and optimization of adsorption processes for industrial and environmental
- Development of homogeneous and heterogeneous advanced oxidation processes for
industrial and environmental engineering applications.
- Development of adsorbent regeneration processes using advanced oxidation, thermal and
- Development of software design tools for industrial and environmental applications.
- Recovery of volatile organic chemical vapors using adsorption processes.