Message from the Director

Environmental engineering is a profession that gives back to society every day. The water you drink, the lakes you swim in, the air you breathe, are all affected by the work of environmental engineers. We are responsible for the protection of public health, and for the protection, restoration, and conservation of environmental systems. Environmental engineers are concerned about such areas as water quality control systems, wastewater collection and treatment, solid and hazardous waste management, air pollution, environmental restoration, and pollution prevention.

For more than 130 years, WPI has prepared engineers to lead the way. Our innovative, project-based curriculum ensures that our students not only understand the theory of their discipline, but also can put that theory into practice through professional-level projects with real-world implications and applications. WPI provides a fantastic opportunity to study EVE not only in classrooms and laboratories, but also through this project-based curriculum. Through the interdisciplinary project, students have a unique opportunity to explore the complex humanistic, economic, legal, and political issues surrounding environmental engineering problems. In the capstone design project, students bring an environmental engineering design from concept to completion.

It’s such an exciting time to be an environmental engineer. Environmental problems—and their solutions—have become more complex, more global, and more challenging. And the rewards for solving those problems are also that much more rewarding. Whether you study the environment in your local community, or address global and international environmental needs, you can be certain that your education from WPI will have you well prepared to be an environmental engineering leader.

Jeanine D. Plummer
Director, Environmental Engineering

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