Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering Chair Dr. Michael Aitken wrote an op-ed about the cost of gambling on climate change, published in the News and Observer on June 1. (photo: Flickr Creative Commons)
Message from the Chair
"Our department is unique in the extent to which it combines the physical sciences, health sciences, engineering, and policy to address current and emerging environmental challenges in a single home." More >
Michael Aitken, PhD
Professor and Chair

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.
Join us on Friday, January 30, 2015 for our Graduate Open House. We are planning a full day event with opportunities to meet with faculty and current students and to learn about our graduate programs and department’s research. For more information, please contact Student Services Assistant Wake Harper at wbh@unc.edu.
News Spotlight

William Howard Glaze, PhD, former professor and chair of environmental sciences and engineering (ESE), died Dec. 17 at the age of 80. He was founding director of the Carolina Environmental Program, which later became UNC’s Institute for the Environment. More >
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