Environmental Process Engineering
Research with the Environmental Process Engineering (EPE) track of Environmental Engineering Scieince focuses on phenomena that govern the origin, transport, transformation, and impacts of contaminants in our environment and technologies for reducing the associated risks to human health and environment.
Research themes include:
- chemical processes that affect the fate of trace metals in the environment,
- transport and impacts of nanomaterials,
- molecular biological methods to monitor and improve performance of engineered microbial systems;
- biodegradation of organic contaminants,
- development of advanced membrane processes for water treatment and reuse,
- energy technologies and their impacts, and
- discovering the properties, measurement and effects of ambient aerosols.
Opportunities for Graduate Study
Doctoral and Master of Science study in environmental engineering at Duke is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on a broad slate of faculty in the Pratt School of Engineering and the Nicholas School of the Environment. Students have considerable flexibility in crafting a graduate program that suits individual interests, but the core of this curriculum is described in the Environmental Process Engineering study track.
The department also offers a program of study towards the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) in Environmental Engineering. This 30-credit degree program includes course work towards departmental requirements, an area of specialization, business and management fundamentals, and an internship or applied research experience. There are currently four areas of specialization offered within this degree program:
- Environmental Engineering and Public Policy;
- Environmental Process Engineering;
- Ecohydrology and Environmental Fluid Dynamics; and
- Environmental Nanotechnology