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EVEN Option: Remediation


Many locations have been contaminated by past activities, including both intentional and accidental releases of chemicals and toxic wastes. These sites require investigation to characterize the concentrations and locations of contaminants in the soil and groundwater, a risk assessment to estimate the health hazards of the contamination to humans and the ecosystem, and strategies to clean-up the site and return it to safe utilization. The worst of these sites in the U.S. are called "Superfund" sites. Clean-up of these locations is overseen by the US Environmental Protection Agency. States oversee clean-up of many other sites. In Colorado, for example, many sites are being cleaned up under the Voluntary CleanUp (VCUP) process. Many of these sites can be rehabilitated to enable use for businesses and industry. This type of work is termed "brownfields" restoration.

Jobs in this area include:
     site characterization by collecting samples of soil, groundwater, sediment, surface water, air, and biota
     working with toxicologists, biologists, etc. to conduct human health and ecological risk assessments
     working with regulatory agencies, citizen groups, etc. to develop target concentrations for clean-up
     designing methods to clean-up the sites, including in situ and ex situ treatment; these can include chemical, biological, and phyical methods
     using modeling software to predict the fate and transport of contaminants at the site
     operation and maintenance of remediation equipment at contaminated sites

OPTION COURSES

Students select a minimum of 9 credits from the following:
  • CVEN 4474 Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management, including regulations, toxicology and risk assessment, and remediation methods; team projects
  • CVEN 4353 Groundwater Engineering
  • EVEN 4100 Environmental Sampling and Analysis; can also be used as an air/earth lab/field course
  • GEOL 3030 Introduction to Hydrogeology
  • GEOL 4716 Environmental Field Geochemistry

    GEOLOGY MINOR

    This option is highly compatible with a minor in geology. The minor requires 18 credits, all of which can count toward the EVEN major as technical electives, earth lab/field course, and option courses, if you plan carefully. See details here.

    Specifically take:
  • GEOL 1010-3 Introduction to Geology 1 and GEOL 1030-1 Introduction to Geology Laboratory 1. [required for GEOL minor; use in EVEN as air/earth lab/field course-3 credits]
  • GEOL 1020-3 Introduction to Earth History or GEOL 1040-3 Geology of Colorado or GEOL 1060-3 Global Change An Earth Science Perspective [required for GEOL minor; use in EVEN as earth science and lower division technical elective]
  • GEOL lab or field course, required for GEOL minor [GEOL 3010-3, 3410-3, 3430-4, 4060-4, 4093-4 Remote Sensing of the Environment (recommended); 4130-4; 4241-4]; any OK as upper division technical elective; [if take GEOL 2700-2 use as free elective]
  • GEOL 3030-3 Introduction to Hydrogeology [option course; and toward GEOL minor to bring total GEOL credits to 18]
  • GEOL 4716-2 Environmental Field Geochemistry [option course; and toward GEOL minor to bring total GEOL credits to 18]
  • Additional 2-4 credits GEOL course(s) at 3000-level or above to bring total geology credits to 18; use as technical electives and/or free elective for EVEN

    Research: Prof. Joe Ryan assists in remediation of abandoned mines: Link to full story

    Research: Professor Silverstein studies methods to prevent and treat acid mine drainage, CV link
    Research: Professor Bielefeldt studies methods to remediate contaminated sites, Website link

    Companies that Specialize in Remediation:

    CH2M Hill
    Bechtel
    URS Corp, consultants
    Tetra Tech, consultants
    Parsons, consultants
    Montgomery, Watson, Harza, consultants
    AECOM, consultants
    Battelle
    Arcadis, consultants
    EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, consultants
    LT Environmental, Inc, consultants, Arvada, CO; EVEN alumni here



    LINKS

    Air and Waste Management Association
    Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable, technical information on technologies for waste site cleanup
    Wikipedia Environmental Remediation article
    Environmental Protection, online journal
          2007 job survey results
    Remediation Journal

    Example 4-year course Plan -- Remediation Option

    Courses offered only semester shown

     
             
    First Year Fall
    Credits
     
    First Year Spring
    Credits

    APPM 1350 Calculus 1 for Engineers
    4
      APPM 1360 Calculus 2 for Engineers
    4
    CHEN 1211 General Chemistry
    3
      GEEN 1400 Engineering Projects
    3
    CHEM 1221 General Chemistry Lab
    2
      H&SS Elective II
    3
    EVEN 1000 Intro to Environ Engr
    1
    PHYS 1110 General Physics 1
    4
    COEN 1300 Intro to Engr Computing
    3
      Technical Elective I - recommend GEOL
    3
    H&SS Elective I
    3
       

     
    16
     
     
    17
             
    Second Year Fall
    Credits
     
    Second Year Spring
    Credits

    APPM 2350 Calculus 3 for Engineers
    4
      APPM 2360 Intro Diff Eqns Lin Alg
    4
    CVEN 3414 Fund of Environ Engr
    3
      CHEM 4521 Phys Chem for Engrs
    3
    Solid Mechanics - rec. CVEN 2121
    3
      CHEN 2120 Matl & Energy Balances
    3
    PHYS 1120 General Physics 2
    4
      H&SS Elective IV
    3
    PHYS 1140 Experimental Physics 1
    1
      Fluid Mechanics - Rec CVEN 3313
    3

     
    15
     
     
    16
             
    Third Year Fall
    Credits
     
    Third Year Spring
    Credits

    CVEN 4404/4414 Water Chem & Lab
    4
      CVEN 4424 Environ Organic Chem
    3
    Engineering Economics
    3
      Heat Transfer - rec. MCEN 3022
    3
    Probability & Statistics - rec. CHEN 3010
    3
      CVEN 4484 Intro Environ Microbiology
    3
    Required Communication Course
    3
      MCEN 4131 Air Pollution Control
    3
    Thermodynamics - rec AREN 2110

    3

      H&SS elective III
    3

     
    16
     
     
    15
             
    Fourth Year Fall
    Credits
     
    Fourth Year Spring
    Credits

    Option Course I - rec. CVEN 4474

    3

      CVEN 4434 Environ Eng Design
    4
    CVEN 4464 (5834) Env Eng Processes
    3
      Air/Earth Science Lab/Field Course - rec EVEN 4100

    3

    H&SS Elective V
    3
      CVEN 4333 Engineering Hydrology
    3
    Option Course II - rec. CVEN 4353
    3
      Option Course III
    3
    Technical Elective II
    3
      Technical Elective IV / Senior Thesis
    3
    Technical Elective III / Senior Thesis
    3
         

     
    18
     
     
    16
             
         

    Total Credits:

    128

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