Environmental Sciences and Engineering

ESE alumnus Gary White was recently featured in The Christian Science Monitor for making a difference in the developing world with his nonprofit Water.org. White attributes the success of his clean water and sanitation projects to involving local community leaders.
The Charlotte Observer published an op-ed by Dr. Pete Andrews about the coal ash spill in the Dan River. (photo: Flickr Creative Commons 2.0)
Panitan Jutaporn, advised by Dr. Orlando Coronell, studies water purification.
Dr. Mark Sobsey was recently quoted in the News and Observer about the sewage spill in North Carolina's Haw River. (photo: Flickr Creative Commons 2.0)
Students Harshal Parikh, Jose Zavala and Ying-Hsuan Lin use the ESE air chamber to estimate photolysis rates for air pollution chemistry modeling.
Doctoral candidate Alice Wang meets with the Msana family in Mwanza, Tanzania. Wang is giving a demonstration of the Compartment Bag Test, a low cost microbial water quality test developed at UNC.

Our department focuses on the interface between people and the environment. Uniquely situated in a school of public health, our interdisciplinary programs in air quality and atmospheric processes, human exposure and health effects, and sustainable water resources draw from faculty expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering and policy. Our research strengths include:

  • Characterizing exposures to contaminants in air, water, soil and workplaces;
  • Developing engineering and policy solutions to environmental risks;
  • Molecular approaches to understanding diseases caused by toxic substances in the environment; and
  • Overcoming environmental health challenges in developing countries.