About Environmental Engineering

Our mission is to provide a state of the art and multidisciplinary learning environment at the undergraduate and the graduate level. We offer a variety of degrees, including B.S., Minor, M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees, and we conduct cutting edge research in three core areas:

  • Air Pollution and Atmospheric Processes;
  • Contaminant Fate and Resource Recovery and
  • Hydrogeosciences and Water Resources Management.

Please explore our website to obtain more information on career paths and opportunities for Environmental Engineers, our curriculum, faculty members and research projects. Our faculty is committed to your academic and professional success. We offer challenging and rigorous courses; exciting and relevant research opportunities; and individualized mentoring and guidance.


Timothy Vadas, Ph.D.,
Environmental Engineering Program Director

Environmental Engineering News


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  • 12:20-13:30

    Speaker: Jingyue Zhang & Amit Mondal, Transportation Graduate Students

    Titles: 1. a novel divide and combine based approach to estimating mixture markov model for large categorical time series data: an application to study of clusters using multiyear travel survey data
    2. synthesizing household and person-level attributes jointly for individual geographies using hidden markov model

    Location: EII 322

    Time: Monday 11/05/18 @ 12:20PM

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  • 12:20-13:10

    Speaker: Professor Peter C. Baldwin, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences University of Connecticut

    Title: Dependence, Damage, and Displacement: Unintended Consequences of Technological Change.

    Location: EII 322

    Time:  Monday, November 12, 2018, 12:20 – 1:10 PM

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  • 10:00-12:00


    Civil & Environmental Engineering 




    Ph.D. Dissertation

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    University of Connecticut


    10:00 AM – Thursday, November 15, 2018

    CAST 306


    Advisory Committee:

    Dr. Kay Wille (Major Advisor)

    Dr. Nicolas Roussel (Major Co-Advisor)

    Dr. Hela Bessaies-Bey (Associate Advisor)

    Dr. Michael Accorsi (Associate Advisor)

    Investigating High Energy Mixing in Cement-Based Materials



    One of the current challenges to nano-engineering cementitious composite materials is obtaining properly dispersed nano-sized particles in the cementitious composite matrix. Properly dispersed nanoparticles can lead to an improved particle packing density, a key parameter to improving the mechanical, chemical, and sustainable properties of the cementitious composite. Broadening the particle size distributions of cementitious materials, such as ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC), to include additional nano-sized particles is a challenge that requires a better understanding of how they self-assemble in the cementitious matrix. Thus, the purpose of this research is to investigate the role mixing plays in multi-scale, multi-phase self-assembling cement-based material systems. This is achieved through three objectives. The first objective is to investigate resonant acoustic mixing, a mixing method not common to the concrete industry, and its ability to act as a high-intensive mixer. The second objective is to consider how using resonant acoustic mixing affects the assemblage of UHPC with carbon nanofiber inclusions and cement paste with carbon nanoplatelet inclusions. The third objective is to understand the origins of high-shear mixing and how it influences the development of cement hydration.  To achieve these three objectives a systematic analysis is carried out that includes quantifying the mixing energy demand; analyzing surface characteristics through scanning electron microscopy, inverse gas chromatography, dynamic light scattering, and mercury intrusion porosity; and applying rheological theory to connect macroscopic properties to the fundamental properties of the materials. The results show that mixing is a very important parameter to multi-scale, multi-phase self-assembling cement-based materials and should be considered more in concrete research.

  • 13:00-14:00

    Speaker: Prof. Casey Brown, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

    Title: Freshwater Resilience by Design: Water investment strategies for a changing and uncertain future

    Location: IPB 203

    Time: November 16th 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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Upcoming Events

Nov 15: CAST306, PhD Dissertation of Aileen Vandenberg, read more.
Nov 16: IPB203, Eversource Energy Center Seminar, Prof. Casey Brown, UM-Amherst, read more.