Professor Yanna Liang and Post Doctoral Researcher in Lab

** The Department of Environmental and Sustainable Engineering (ESE) is pleased to announce it now offers the BS in Environmental and Sustainable Engineering**

  Registration is currently open for Fall 2019. Please see the Undergraduate Bulletin for course descriptions, and visit the Schedule of Classes to see what is being offered (input IESE in the "Course Subject" field). Click here for the program checklist.

About Environmental & Sustainable Engineering

Environmental and Sustainable Engineering is a discipline that builds on knowledge, discovery, and information from math and basic sciences to solve critical environmental problems at the national and global scales. Basic sciences, such as chemistry, biology, physics, atmospheric science, social science, economics, geography and planning, and political science provide a solid foundation for this multidisciplinary engineering program. Standing on this broad foundation, students in this program are able to tackle traditional environmental problems associated with air pollution and prevention, water and wastewater treatment and reuse, water resource management, soil and groundwater clean-up, and hazardous waste remediation. In addition, the Environmental and Sustainable Engineering distinguishes itself from conventional Environmental Engineering by having a serious emphasis, long-term vision, and deep commitment to sustainable engineering. In particular, this program aims to address global environmental issues, provide sustainable designs for natural and engineered environments, and promote sustainability in all areas related to the environment and human health.

Students enrolling in this Environmental and Sustainable Engineering program will be equipped with a strong foundation in this broad discipline, state-of-the-art science and technologies for solving environmental problems using sustainable approaches, and skills for lifelong learning. In addition, this curriculum gives students experiences in teamwork, leadership development, and opportunities to improve their oral, written, and visual skills. Graduates from this program are highly sought after for careers in industry, consulting, and government at local, state and federal levels. Some graduates may enter academia and research organizations if they pursue graduate studies beyond the Bachelor of Science.  Prepared and educated by this program, graduates will embark on a journey that solves challenging problems facing the environment, human health, and the society; a career that actively pursues sustainability through critical thinking and innovative solutions; and a life that diligently serves the local community and the broad society through integrity, professional excellence, and humility.

Over the 2014-2024 time period, the New York State Department of Labor projects a growth of nearly 21%, and the US Department of Labor projects more than 12%, in environmental engineering positions. The overall employment outlook is classified as “Very Favorable.”

Please feel free to contact the department for more information.

College and Departmental News

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    UAlbany launches first-of-its-kind Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental and Sustainable Engineering. Read Full Story > 

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    Dr. Guy Cortesi of Electrical and Computer Engineering was honored as a 2019 Torch Award Outstanding Nominee in recognition of his exemplary teaching and positive impact on a student. Read Full Story > 

  • Photo caption: (F. L.) Brian Bateman (New York State Industries for the Disabled, NYSID), Adel Muhi, Dana-Thomas Soule, Megan Tatro (NYSID), Basu Bidari; (B. L.) Tamani Wooley (Spectrum News), Jonathan Muckell

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    Seniors Adel Muhi, Dana-Thomas Soule, and Basu Bidari explain some of the assistive technologies their teams are developing to help people with disabilities succeed in the workplace. Coverage on Spectrum News and CBS Live.

  • Interim Provost Edelgard Wulfert with Jonathan Muckel, Professor of Practice, Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Mentoring Students to Engineering Success 

    Dr. Jonathan Muckell was recognized with UAlbany’s Outstanding Achievement in Experiential Education Award for his exemplary commitment to guiding his students in community engaged and real-world engineering learning experiences.

  • College of Engineering graduate students working under the direction of Professor Hany Elgala, Electrical and Computer Engineering

    UAlbany Launches Graduate Programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering 

    The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences launches graduate degrees in electrical and computer engineering. Read Full Story >
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    Bolstered by a $1.5M NSF grant, a research team lead by Mariya Zheleva and Petko Bogdanov of Computer Science is developing technology to improve broadband access in rural areas.

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    Meet our Department Chair

    Dr. Yanna Liang working in her lab

    Professor Yanna Liang looks forward to building our newest engineering department and teaching the next generation of environmental engineers.

    Contact the Department

    Department of Environmental & Sustainable Engineering
    University at Albany
    State University of NY
    UAB 232
    1400 Washington Avenue
    Albany, NY 12222

    Phone: (518) 437-4990
    Fax: (518) 437-4949