Prerequisite: ENCE310; and permission of ENGR-Civil & Environmental Engineering department.
Introduces the analytical techniques available to assess performance of engineering processes as they relate to water, soil, and air treatment and quality. The basic principles of environmental management, economics of waste treatment, by-product reutilization, and energy cycles are introduced and discussed. Alternative technologies are introduced and evaluated mostly by assessing their potential to reduce waste, minimize energy use, and promote sustainability. Students' activities include, a weekly lab to provide hands-on experience with environmental quality measurements and treatment techniques; on-site visits to regional industries that undertake sustainable practices; and a final research project where experimental design and laboratory techniques are used to assess interactions between technologies and natural systems and their potential for reducing environmental impacts.