Environmental Engineering Students Learn by Doing Research

November 09, 2015

Environmental Engineering Students Learn by Doing Research

In ENVE 405 students participate in water- and energy-related research and learn research techniques.  The projects are typically supported by public agencies as well as private companies.  Over the past several years topics have included dairy wastewater treatment, municipal wastewater treatment, algae biofuels, anaerobic digestion, and hydrogen fermentation, at both laboratory and pilot plant scale.  Hundreds of students - freshmen through graduate students, and even some visiting foreign students, have used this hands-on course to provide context for their other coursework, to experience a safety-oriented culture, and to get a feel for research. There were 96 students working in this program in Fall 2015!

This program is administered by Dr. Tryg Lundquist, a professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Lundquist is a leading expert on wastewater treatment using algae as well as energy recovery from waste products.