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Master of Science in Environmental Engineering – Tri-Cities

Faculty working with Students: 46
Students: 2
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
Tests required:
  • 580 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 93 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

Students may be accepted into this program with undergraduate degrees in fields outside of Civil or Environmental Engineering (e.g., related areas such as mechanical engineering, materials science, environmental science, etc.). These students, however, may need to complete additional courses prior to beginning graduate-level coursework. Courses taken to satisfy deficiencies cannot be included in the program of study. Each student, in consultation with his/her graduate committee, will develop a plan of study. This plan outlines what courses will be required for completion of the degree. To develop a plan of study, students may choose from a variety of graduate and selected undergraduate courses offered in the area of emphasis. In addition, courses may be selected from a number of related courses in other programs in the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, as well as in other departments of the University.

Admission Requirements:

Three (3) Letters of Recommendation, one-page statement of purpose, and transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills that are necessary to achieve success as practitioners, teachers, or researchers in civil and environmental engineering:
    • Thorough foundation and advanced knowledge in field, apply knowledge to solve problems, teach in a variety of setting, employment in industry, professional  participation and leadership.
  2. Become effective researchers in civil or environmental engineering:
    • Original contribution to selected technical areas in CE and EnvEng.
    • Able to secure funds and manage resources to conduct research.
    • Apply sound research methods, draw well-supported conclusions, and effectively communicate findings.
  3. Have records of achievements that enhance the reputation and visibility of the graduate program in civil engineering at WSU:
    • Hold responsible positions in academia, national laboratories, or industry, professional participation, recognition and awards.

 

Student Opportunities:

Additional professional development opportunities include industry and national laboratory internships, as well as presenting papers or attending regional conferences.

Career Opportunities:

University research and teaching positions, research positions in national laboratories, and technical positions in leading companies.

Faculty Members:

Adam, Jennifer, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

•Hydrologic impacts of global change
•Earth systems modeling
•Land/atmosphere interactions

Allena, Srinivas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

•Ultra-High performance concrete
•Engineered cementitious composites
•Early-age and longer term shrinkage of concrete
•Concrete durability
•Reuse/recycling of materials
•Light weight aggregate concrete
•Supplementary cementitious materials

Amarasiri, Saumya, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

•Thermomechanics and Constitutive Modeling
•Computational Modeling
•Unsaturated soil mechanics
•Pavement digital image modeling and analysis
•Automated evaluation of pavement surface distresses and wear

Bender, Don, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

•Engineering analysis and design of timber structures
•Deck safety
•Laboratory testing and analysis of engineered wood components
•Composite materials, connections and assemblies
•Post-frame construction
•Nondestructive evaluation of wood materials
•Wood durability
•Building envelopes

Beutel, Marc

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Boll, Jan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Watershed hydrology, water quality, hydrologic modeling, integrated water resources management, and vadose zone hydrology

Chowdhury, Indranil, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental applications and implications of nanotechnology in the context of water infrastructure, food-energy-water nexus, and climate change, Fate, transport and removal of emerging contaminants in water, soil and sediment, water quality and treatment, nanoscale surface interactions, stormwater management.

Chung, Serena, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Secondary organic aerosol modeling, Air quality modeling, Aerosol radiative forcing and aerosol-climate interactions, Optical properties of soot particles

Claiborn, Candis, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Atmospheric aerosols – sampling methods and chemical characterization
Receptor modeling
Atmosphere-biosphere interactions – field, laboratory and modeling experiments
Airborne particulate matter – emission measurements and windblown dust

Cofer, William F, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Structural mechanics
Numerical methods applied to linear, nonlinear, and dynamic structural analysis

Demissie, Yonas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Characterizing surface and subsurface hydrology
Inverse modeling and stochastic hydrology
Hydrological and water quality modeling
Data mining and assimilation
Optimizing hydraulic and hydrologic designs
Renewable energy and climate change impacts on hydrology

Dolan, James D, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

•Dynamic Loads on Low-Rise Buildings (Seismic and Wind)
•Dynamic Response of Light-Frame Buildings (Seismic, Wind, and Vibration)
•Full-Scale Static, Cyclic, and Dynamic Testing of Structural Assemblies (Walls, Floors, and Roofs)
•Response of Dowel Connections
•Numerical Modeling of Structural and Material Response to Static and Dynamic Loading (Finite Element Analysis and Closed-Form Numerical Modeling)

Engdahl, Nicholas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

•Mixing and reactive transport in heterogeneous porous media
•Applications of groundwater age and residence time
•Integrated modeling of coupled hydrologic systems
•Geostatistics and subsurface characterization

Englund, Karl R, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

•Polymer and natural fiber composite processing
•Evaluation of structural and physical performance of composite materials
•Recycle/reuse of waste materials for value-added products

Ginn, Tim, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Biogeochemical reactive transport, Exposure time in mass balance modeling and hydrologic age, Colloid filtration theory and microbial transport, Ureolytic calcite precipitation in granular media, Inverse problems in hydrology, Horizontal gene transfer, Alternative fuels environmental risk assessment, and Nonlocal transport processes and modeling

Guenther, Alex

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Trace gas and aerosol flux measurements and modeling

Hajbabaie, Ali, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Smart Cities
Network Signal Control
Smart Traffic Congestion Management
Connected/Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation Systems
Traffic Operations, Reliability, and Safety
Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, and Statistical Analysis Applications in Transportation Systems

Hajibabai, Leila, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Haselbach, Liv, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Hossain, Md. Akram

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Jobson, Thomas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Measurement of Trace Organic Gases in the Atmosphere
Trace Gas Instrumentation
Tropospheric Photochemistry
Biogeochemical Cycling
Global Climate Change

Lamb, Brian K, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

– Regional grid modeling of photochemical air quality and windblown dust
– Application of atmospheric tracer techniques
– Biosphere/atmospheric interactions
– Three-dimensional turbulence modeling
– Greenhouse gas emissions

Lee, Yunha, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Coupled chemistry-climate modeling, air quality modeling, aerosol dynamics, aerosol-climate interactions, air quality health impacts, aerosol remote sensing

Li, Xiaojun, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Mechanisms and constitutive modeling of pavement materials, Utilization of recycled pavement materials and industrial/municipal waste/byproducts, Pavement sustainability & pavement evaluation and rehabilitation, and Model development and calibration of mechanistic-empirical (ME) design methods and procedures

Liu, Heping, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Micrometeorology; Microclimatology; Boundary-Layer Meteorology
Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions and Ecosystem-Climate Feedbacks

Liu, Ming Liang

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

McGann, Christopher

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Moo-Young, H Keith, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Mount, George, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Atmospheric spectroscopy for measurement of trace gases
Spectroscopic instrumentation
Tropospheric trace gas chemistry
Atmospheric radiation and radiative transfer
Stratospheric ozone depletion
Tropospheric/stratospheric hydroxyl
Measurement of tropospheric trace gases from space

Muhunthan, Balasingam, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

•Thermomechanics and Constitutive Modeling
•Bifurcations and instabilities in geomechanics
•Microstructure characterization and simulation of geomaterials
•Pore-scale modeling of fluid flow
•Micropiles
•Fundamentals of soil behavior: critical state soil mechanics, micromechanics of soils, and physico-chemical behavior of clays

Nassiri, Somayeh, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Concrete pavement design, construction, repair and maintenance
Concrete material characterization
Pavement performance monitoring using instrumentation and non-destructive testing

Olsen, Karl

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Petrie, John

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Pressley, Shelley

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Qiao, Pizhong, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Shen, Shihui

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Shi, Xianming, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Value-added utilization of industrial or agro-based byproducts or waste in mortars/concrete, Environmentally sustainable materials and practices for transportation maintenance & operations

Teel, Amy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Physicochemical and biological treatment processes, particularly chemical oxidations and reductions applied to the treatment of soils and groundwater, concentrated hazardous wastes, and industrial wastes.

Vanreken, Timothy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Vaughan, Joseph

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Walden, Von, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
Infrared Spectroscopy
Polar Meteorology
Regional Climate Change

Watts, Richard J, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Wen, Haifang, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Constitutive modeling of pavement materials
Recycled materials and byproducts utilization
Pavement evaluation and rehabilitation

Wolcott, Michael P, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Yadama, Vikram, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Yonge, David, PhD

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

– Physical and chemical wastewater treatment process: adsorption phenomena, metal partitioning, precipitation, facilitated metal transport mechanisms, vapor extraction of chlorinated solvents.
– Adsorption and desorption of hazardous organics and metals on soil and activated carbon.
– Removal of metals from industrial waste streams.
– Fate and transport of highway runoff contaminants.

Contact Information:

Jamie Rogers
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354-1671
509-372-7039