Michigan Technological University boat in the lake for research

Be the change that you want to see in the world. —Mohandas Gandhi

Environmental Engineering—MS

Fast Facts

  • Michigan Tech's environmental engineering graduate program is ranked in the top 20 in the nation by US News & World Report.
  • The department maintains its own research vessel, the Agassiz, which allows researchers to take advantage of the largest freshwater laboratory in the world, Lake Superior.
  • Michigan Tech scientists in Environmental Engineering are helping NASA optimize a new space station water system by making pee potable.
  • Research funding of $4.5 million per year: Engineering News Record ranked the C&EE department as one of the top ten (out of 250) in the US based on the percentage of departmental income from research.

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Graduate Programs in Environmental Engineering

Michigan Tech offers a full complement of graduate programs in environmental engineering and environmental engineering science. Sustainability is integrated throughout the whole curriculum so that students naturally address it with every decision that they make. 

Graduate students develop a deeper understanding of how engineered systems impact the natural environment. Research areas include air quality engineering, atmospheric sciences,drinking water and wastewater treatment, environmental microbiology and chemistry, groundwater and subsurface remediation, hydrology and water resources, international development, surface water quality, sustainability, and pollution prevention. Research highlights include global and regional atmospheric impacts; photochemical formation of ozone in remote troposphere; environmental organic chemistry and reductive dehalogenation; surface water quality modeling; algal ecology; fate and transport of chemicals in lakes and rivers; biogeochemistry of trace metals; wetlands biological processes; industrial ecology and pollution prevention; and physical and chemical treatment processes.

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