The Wilkes University Environmental Engineering Program is ABET Accredited.
This Is Not a Desk Job.
Environmental engineers design pollution prevention (P2) and energy efficient (E2) systems to improve air and water quality and effectively manage wastes.
Students at Wilkes have access to the following facilities:
Center for Geographic Information Systems: Wilkes is a regional leader in the use of geospatial technologies as applied to environmental problems. Students learn how to use modern spatial tools such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems), GPS (Global Positioning System), and Remote Sensing (satellite-based imagery).
Center for Environmental Quality: Multiple laboratories offer our students hands-on, learn-by-doing opportunities. Our Water Quality Laboratory performs comprehensive analyses of drinking water. Other laboratories conduct indoor and outdoor air sampling and testing; environmental and field-testing of soil samples; and preparation of rocks and minerals.
Field Station: A “natural laboratory” is used for field-based training, research and recreation. Our field station supports the study of natural and modeled processes of rocks, water, soils, air, life, and the interactions between them.
In addition to these on-campus opportunities
students have held internships at operations ranging from the Townbrook Watershed in New York state (which provides New York City with its public water supply) to the local power station. Graduates are employed in engineering firms all along the East Coast; a recent graduate (Monica DeAngelo ’02) is working for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington DC.
Our faculty and department have been recognized
at the international, national, and state levels for their work in and out of the classroom. In fact, Dr. Brian Whitman recently discussed the content of one of his courses at the World Water & Environmental Resources Congress.
It is the mission of the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences to provide the knowledge and skills for environmental engineering graduates that gives them a sound basis for professional practice and for life-long learning. This emphasizes the student's learning of fundamental principles of environmental engineering, understanding environmental resource problems in their technical, ecological, socio-political, economic, and ethical context, and proficiency in the use of engineering methods to analyze and solve challenging engineering problems.