Environmental Engineering Research
Assistant Professor Mari Winkler's wastewater treatment research.
Environmental Engineering (EE) research investigates the effects of natural and human activities on the environment, with the goal of both protecting human populations and safeguarding the environment. EE researchers also develop increasingly efficient and selective methods to remove contaminants from air, water, contaminated soils and sediments, and decrease the amount and adverse effects of wastes. EE researchers work on solutions to better utilize water, air and soil resources to maintain a sustainable environment. EE faculty and students focus their research on the following broadly defined areas:
Air Resources Engineering: Air pollution currently causes more than 3 percent of all deaths in the United States, according to UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which is a higher percentage than deaths related to drug use or road injuries. To address this challenge, researchers assess the origins of pollutants, work to remove air pollutants and measure and model downwind air quality.
Environmental & Water Quality Engineering: Researchers work to identify trace concentrations of chemical and biological contaminants in water, air, soil, or solid waste; explore the sources, movement, and transport of contaminants in natural systems; and develop engineered processes to minimize the impacts of contaminants on humans and sensitive environments.
Environmental Systems: Researchers investigate the effects of pollutants in waters by examining the chemistry and biology of lakes, streams and estuaries. They explore the processes involved in eutrophication, which is how the environment responds to artificial or natural substances, primarily phosphates found in fertilizers, detergents and sewage.
- Air Resources
Faculty involved: Timothy Larson, Julian Marshall
- Drinking Water Treatment
Faculty involved: Mark Benjamin, Michael Dodd, Gregory Korshin
- Environmental Chemistry
Faculty involved: Joel Baker, Mark Benjamin, Michael Dodd, Edward Kolodziej, Gregory Korshin
- Environmental Microbiology
Faculty involved: Stuart Strand, David Stahl
- Wastewater Treatment
Faculty involved: David Stensel, Stuart Strand, Mari Winkler
- Resource Recovery
Faculty involved: Mari Winkler
- Environmental Systems
Faculty involved: Joel Baker, Michael Brett, David Butman, Rebecca Neumann
- Site Remediation
Faculty involved: Joel Baker, Edward Kolodziej
Environmental engineering research has global reach, with many faculty and students participating in research and teaching in countries throughout the world.
Labs & Research Groups
CEE faculty oversee labs and research groups, where they investigate a variety of critical problems related to environmental engineering. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in research.
- Air Resources Research Lab
- Chemical Oxidation and Disinfection Processes Lab
- Environmental Engineering Analytical Center
- Gregory Korshin's Lab
- Hydrogeochemistry Research Group
- Limnology Lab
- Marshall Research Group
- Microbial Ecology Lab
- Stuart Strand Lab
UW CEE hosts several centers, funded by industry and government. The centers headquarter research on specific themes and act as hubs connecting faculty and students with resources to support research, education and outreach activities.