What Is an Environmental Engineer?
Without the strong efforts and tireless vision of today's environmental engineers, tomorrow's atmosphere will not sustain life, as we know it. Our water and soil will not be clean, and the oceans will be foul.
Environmental engineers use science and engineering principles to protect and improve the environment. The quality of air, water, and soil is their primary focus. They seek solutions to water-borne diseases, wastewater management, and air pollution.
They work to improve recycling, waste disposal, and industrial hygiene. They analyze soil and water samples. They understand the law as it applies to protecting the environment.
These engineers focus on hydrology—water resources, treatment plants/design, and bioremediation (water clean-up). They concentrate on global issues, acid rain, climate change, and causes of ozone depletion.
They create advanced air and water treatment technologies, and look for sustainable energy sources. Radiation protection and the environmental effects of new technologies are other priorities.