The Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) program reaches across traditional disciplinary boundaries in its aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of our complex environment and offer efficient and effective engineering solutions to environmental problems. Students in ESE receive a broad education and carry out research addressing some of the grand science and engineering challenges of our times:

  • How has Earth's climate varied in the past and how will it change in the future?
  • How does pollution affect air quality locally and far from its sources, and how does it affect cloud cover and climate change?
  • How do microorganisms drive nutrient cycles in oceans and on land, and how can they be used to produce biofuels or remediate toxic waste?

By uniting scientists and engineers from a variety of disciplines and focusing on fundamental questions with long reach, the ESE program strives to have an outsize influence on the field.