Environmental Systems Engineering

Sand particles under the microscope

Research Areas

The ENVSE faculty have interests in the following research areas:

  • Aqueous processing, electrochemistry
  • Atmospheric turbulence, environmental meteorology
  • Carbon materials, hydrocarbon processing
  • Carbon physics and electrochemistry
  • Catalysis, fuel processing and chemical synthesis
  • Combustion emission, coal and biomass
  • Combustion, trace metals and particulate emissions
  • Drilling engineering, enhanced oil recovery
  • Electrochemistry, fuel cells
  • Environmental geophysiscs
  • Exploration geophysiscs
  • Geomechanics, transport properties
  • Groundwater geology, contaminant hydrology
  • Hydrocarbon chemistry, alternative fuels, carbon products
  • Inorganic and carbonate geochemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry, biogeochemistry
  • Interfacial and colloid chemistry
  • Mesoscale weather, environmental meteorology
  • Mineral and environmental solid separations
  • Multiphase hydrodynamics, pipeline engineering
  • Multiphase flows, transport properties, imaging
  • Multiphase reactors, environmental separations
  • Oil and gas geology, petroleum geosystems
  • Organic chemistry, biogeochemistry
  • Petroleum geomechancis, completions, imaging
  • Porous media flows, reservoir engineering
  • Powder mechancis, particulate processing
  • Reformulated fuels and emissions
  • Solid separations and comminution

In addition, professionals in the field of environmental health and safety are interested in areas such as:

  • the interactions among worker, machine, and environment
  • hearing conservation
  • understanding engineering principles of processes and systems
  • the management processes of planning, organizing, and controlling
  • the theories of learning, motivation, and morale
  • quantification of accident and injury experience and loss control
  • system safety evaluation and safety audits
  • fire and electrical safety
  • industrial ventilation
  • industrial hygiene and toxicology


Students in the Environmental Systems Engineering undergraduate program, have access to state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories.

Undergraduate students use the extensive facilites of the Mineral Processing Laboratories for solid-solid separations, and the Environmental Systems Engineering Laboratory for liquid-solid and liquid-liquid separations.

In additon, graduate students, and undergraduate students involved in thesis research have access to the excellent analytical facilities afforded by the EMS Energy Institute, the Materials Characterization Laboratory, the Stahl EOR Laboratory, and the Center for Quantitative Imaging.

All students have access to a networked system of PCs and to a variety of computing facilities on campus.