WPI students who want to make a difference in the world through their technical, engineering, and scientific expertise find the Environmental Engineering (EVE) program to be a perfect fit. These studies bring opportunities for coursework and projects that can make practical, visionary changes in current practices, from water processing to housing design.  

By working closely with pioneers in fields of environmental, civil, chemical, and mechanical engineering on solutions to environmental imperatives, students gain experience applicable in a wide range of careers that will improve quality of life.

With demands for humanity’s needs increasing globally and exponentially, WPI’s Environmental Engineering program prepares graduates for rewarding, groundbreaking careers in consulting, industry, research, policy-making, and business areas, such as helping keep water supplies safe, designing processes to reduce chemical toxicity, developing new capabilities for energy production, and restoring ecosystems for future generations.

Average Starting Salary

WPI Graduates:

  • Bachelor’s: $61,188
  • Master’s: $75,000 (2015)
  • PhD: N/A

Average National Starting Bachelor’s Degree Salary (reported by the NACE Salary Survey): $61,442

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Companies That Have Hired WPI Environmental Engineers

  • Barr Engineering Co.
  • CDM Smith
  • Sanborn Head and Associates
  • Tighe & Bond
  • US Army
  • US Ecology Texas

Download the WPI Post-Graduation Reports for more companies that have hired WPI graduates.

Sample Job Titles

  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Health Safety Specialist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Project Engineer
  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Sanitary Engineer
  • Water Resource Engineer

Visit O*Net Online for more information on job titles.

Sample Graduate Schools

  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Sample Professional Associations and Clubs

Examples of  MQPs

  • GE Environmental Improvement
  • Reduction of Pesticides in the Norwalk River Basin
  • Wachusett Brewery Environmental Improvement

Visit WPI’s Electronic Projects Collection for more MQP titles.

Popular Industries for Environmental Engineers

  • Chemical
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Pharmaceutical

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