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College of Engineering and Information Technology
UMBC Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Environmental engineers develop effective technologies for the treatment of polluted water, air, soil, and sediments.

Building efficient treatment systems for drinking water and wastewater (industrial and municipal) is a core component of environmental engineering. Research in the department includes the treatment of specialized industrial waste streams and the employment of adsorbents and oxidation processes towards water/wastewater treatment. Students in the department learn about water/wastewater treatment systems through coursework, research, and visits to regional treatment facilities.

Aquatic sediments are the ultimate repositories of a large range of toxic pollutants that have been released into water bodies through past industrial discharges. These contaminants pose a potential risk to human health and the ecosystem. Ongoing research in the department is evaluating the fate and effects of sediment-bound contaminants. Novel remediation technologies are being developed in the laboratory and transitioned into the field through pilot-scale studies.