Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Doctoral Student Ryan Kingsbury has been awarded a 2016 NSF Graduate Fellowship. This Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers.
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. This multidisciplinary approach... " 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.