EVEN 3550 (3 credits, Fall) Sustainability Principles for Engineers
This course introduces students to sustainability principles in the field of environmental engineering. During this class, students will apply these principles to engineering problems in order to evaluate the environmental, economic, and social implications of engineering and design decisions. Topics include: definition(s) of sustainability, main engineering sustainability challenges (e.g., water, energy, climate, and materials), pollution generation and prevention, and sustainability assessment tools (e.g., life cycle assessment). Co-requisite: EVEN majors, Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (EVEN 3550 syllabus).
CVEN 5834 (3 credits, Fall) Sustainable Engineering Design
Students will develop an understanding of quantitative sustainable design and how to navigate engineering decision-making. Students will learn tools for economic (life cycle costing, LCC) and environmental (life cycle assessment, LCA) sustainability assessments, and how to link these tools to engineering design decisions under uncertainty. Students will design engineered technologies individually and in teams, with special attention to energy and water technologies. Main course objectives are that students will have the ability to assess the relative sustainability of design alternatives using quantitative tools and to complete the detailed design of civil/environmental engineering infrastructure while navigating trade-offs across and within dimensions of sustainability. Co-requisite: Graduate standing (CVEN 5834 syllabus).
CVEN 5534 (3 credits, Fall) Wastewater Treatment
Ever wonder what happens after you flush the toilet? Find the answer in this course, where we will cover the biological, chemical, and physical processes used to treat municipal wastewater. This course will focus on the biological processes employed to treat domestic wastewater. Specifically, it will include the design of aerobic, anoxic, anaerobic, and suspended growth technologies to remove, recover, and/or transform organic and inorganic pollutants. To facilitate the design of these wastewater treatment systems, this course will include the study and application of fundamental concepts of microbiological processes and computational models. In addition to conventional treatment schemes, this course will cover more sustainable wastewater management approaches that aim to recover the resources found in wastewater, such as energy, nutrients, and water. Co-requisite: Graduate standing; strongly recommended: Environmental Engineering Processes, Environmental Microbiology, Water Chemistry (CVEN 5534 syllabus).