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Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
Academics and miscellaneous use. Named after William MacFarland Patton (1845-1905) who was Chair of Civil Engineering from 1896 to 1905 and Dean of the Department of Engineering from 1904 to 1905.
750 Drillfield Dr, 200 Patton Hall MC: 0105 Blacksburg VA 24061
Patton Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Environmental Engineering
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
National Capital Region
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Fall: Jan 15
Spring: Sep 01
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Department Head : Mark Widdowson
Graduate Program Director(s) : Carin Roberts-Wollmann (Associate Department Head), Lindy Cranwell (Director of International & Graduate Education)
Emeriti Faculty: Gregory Boardman; William Cox; David Kibler; John Novak; Clifford Randall; Dusan Teodorovic
Professors: Andrea Dietrich; Marc Edwards; Daniel Gallagher; Stanley Grant (Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory); Jennifer Irish; William Knocke; John Little; Linsey Marr; Amy Pruden-Bagchi; Peter Vikesland; Mark Widdowson
Associate Professors: Hosein Foroutan; Erich Hester; Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz; Kyle Strom
Assistant Professors: Jingqiu Liao; Landon Marston; David Munoz Pauta; Megan Rippy (Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory); Siddharth Saksena
University Distinguished Professor, Charles P. Lundsford Professor: Linsey Marr
W. Thomas Rice Professor and University Distinguished Professor: Amy Pruden-Bagchi
Nick Prillaman Professor: Peter Vikesland
University Distinguished Professor: Marc Edwards
Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor: John Little
Assistant Professor of Practice: Robert Scardina
Associate Professor of Practice: Claire White; Kevin Young

Environmental Engineering Introduction

The Environmental Engineering (ENE) Program of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers graduate study leading to the MS in environmental and water resources engineering and the PhD in civil engineering (with an environmental and water resources engineering emphasis). The program goals are to educate and prepare engineers for careers in the various fields of environmental engineering design, water supply management, site remediation, environmental modeling, pollution control engineering, water resources engineering, and public health protection.

The MS in environmental engineering is open to students from all undergraduate engineering curricula or in a related field of science such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Soil Science, Statistics or Geology. It is specifically designed to build upon undergraduate degrees in civil, biological systems, chemical, mechanical, and mining engineering. Within a few years of program completion, graduates of the ENE program should be able to combine skills gained through academic preparation and post-graduation experience so that they can: Exhibit technical competence through application of engineering knowledge problem-solving skills, and modern tools from multiple areas of environmental engineering practice in the analysis, evaluation, design, and construction of environmental engineering systems and system components. Apply skills of effective communication, teamwork, leadership, and professional and ethical behavior as complements to technical competence. Incorporate economic, environmental, social, and sustainability considerations into the practice of environmental engineering. Continue their technical and professional development, which may include professional licensure, graduate level education, continuing education courses, self-directed study, and participation in conference and committee activities.

Please refer to the Civil and Environmental Engineering listing for more detailed information on the CEE Department, the academic "home" of the ENE program.(

Graduate Courses (ENE)

The majority of the appropriate courses are listed under the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Additional listings are under the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Statistics.

Please refer to the CEE listing for more detailed information on the CEE Department, the academic "home" of the ENE degree.
Offered In (Blacksburg, National Capital Region)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
    • iBT
      • overall : 90.0
      • subsections (each has a minimum score) : 20.0

The purpose of the core curricula is to develop an understanding of the applicable chemical, physical, biological, and mathematical modeling fundamentals and then teach student how to apply these principles in a broad range of applied courses. Specialization can be in the traditional areas of air quality engineering, environmental modeling and simulation,environmental nanotechnology, hazardous waste management, water infrastructure, water resources engineering and water and wastewater process engineering. Emerging thrust areas include sustainable water supply and water reuse, water infrastructure and environmental nanotechnology.

The MS ENE degree may be taken either as coursework only or with the permission of the faculty may incorporate a research thesis.

The PhD program in Civil Engineering is designed to build upon the MS in environmental engineering, but also is open to students with master's degrees in other engineering disciplines. Areas of specialization are the same as for the MS degree, but the program of study are more individualized.

See Departmental Manual at

Environmental Engineering Facilities Introduction

The ENE program offers a variety of labs space for students to conduct research as part of their degree program. The Kelso Baker Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory (BEHL) and the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory (OWML) in Manassas, VA  and the Potomac Aquifer Recharge Monitoring Laboratory (PARML) in Hampton, VA are among the labs available to students.

Experimental Facilities

The environmental engineering program occupies modern laboratories in Durham, Kelly, Steger, Patton and Hancock Halls. Laboratories and specialized experimental and analytical equipment support research programs related to areas such as water and wastewater treatment, hazardous and residuals waste management, water quality management, environmental chemistry, and air quality. Available equipment allows for the identification and quantification of most chemical and microbial environmental contaminants.

The water resources engineering laboratories support basic and applied research activities in the areas of water, sediment, and pollutant movement in surface and groundwater sources. The Kelso Baker Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory houses two large (each 70 ft. long) tilting flumes, a medium length tilting fume, a 3-D laser Doppler velocimeter, a hot film anemometer, and numerous pieces of support instrumentation.

Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory (Manassas, Virginia)

The Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory (OWML), Manassas, is responsible for making determinations in a number of areas critical to the ongoing management of water quality in the Occoquan watershed, situated on the southwestern periphery of the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. The basin encompasses six political subdivisions, including portions of four counties, and the entire land area of two independent cities. The lab is also the site of a National Science Foundation Growing Convergence Research center on reversing inland freshwater salinization (

Potomac Aquifer Recharge Monitoring Laboratory

The PARML, Hampton, is responsible for making determinations in a number of areas critical to the ongoing management of water quality in the Potomac aquifer, situated in the Hampton Roads area of Southeast Virginia.  This work is in association with managed aquifer recharge associated with the $1 billion SWIFT (Sustainable Water Initiative For Tomorrow) project. 
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