Healthy people, healthy planet
The Gillings School's Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering 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
- Using molecular approaches to understanding diseases caused by toxic substances in the environment
- Overcoming environmental health challenges in developing countries
Michael Aitken, PhD, professor and former ESE chair was selected as a 2018 Fellow of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)Learn More
Hemali Oza (BSPH 2018) is the recipient of the Hazen and Sawyer Award from the American Water Works Association. Hemali currently is continuing her studies as an graduate student.Learn More
2018 sees a record class of 31 students graduate with bachelor of science in public health degrees in environmental health sciences.
Dr. Michael Piehler, joint professor of marine sciences and environmental sciences and engineering, has been named director of the UNC Institute for the Environment.Learn More
Doctoral student Alex Gorzalski is the 2018 recipient of the Abel Wolman Fellowship, which is awarded by the American Water Works Association.Learn More
Hannah Smith, an undergraduate student (pictured with department chair Dr. Barbara Turpin), is the first winner of the new departmental BSPH Distinguished Scholar Award.
Dr. Yue Zhang, a National Science Foundation postdoctoral scholar, was one of two recipients of a 2018 Travel Award for Young Investigators from the journal Atmosphere.Learn More