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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Engineering (ENEN)

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ERIN LAVIK, Graduate Program Director

Degrees Offered

M.S., Ph.D. (Degree Types )



FREY, DOUGLAS, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Chromatography of biopolymers, downstream bioprocessing
GHOSH, UPAL, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo; Fate and transport of toxic organic compounds, remediation of sediments
MARTEN, MARK R., Ph.D., Purdue University; Microbial proteomics, morphology, atomic force microscopy and bioprocessing
MOREIRA, ANTONIO R., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; Regulatory/GMP issues, scale changes, fermentation and cell culture, product comparability, process analytical technology
RAO, GOVIND, Ph.D., Drexel University; Fluorescence-based sensors and instrumentation, high throughput bioprocessing, fermentation and cell culture
REED, BRIAN, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo; Physicochemical processes, sorption of organics and inorganics
ROSS, JULIA, Ph.D., Rice University; Cell and tissue engineering, cell adhesion in microbial infection, thrombosis
WELTY, CLAIRE, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Goundwater flow and transport, urban hydrology

Associate Professors

BLANEY, LEE, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, Water/wastewater treatment, pharmaceuticals and personal care products
LEACH, JENNIE, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin; Biomaterials and tissue engineering

Assistant Professors

HENNIGAN, CHRISTOPHER, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology; air pollution chemistry, atmospheric aerosols
SZETO, GREGORY, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
PENG XU, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Synthetic Biology

Senior Lecturer

CASTELLANOS, MARIAJOSÉ, Ph.D., Cornell University; Biocomplexity, systems biology



Research Professors

CROUCHER, LEAH, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs; Fluorescence based sensors, protein engineering, biomedical diagnostics, molecular switches KOSTOV, YORDAN, Ph.D., Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Low-cost optical sensors, instrumentation development, biomaterials

Research Associate Professors

GE, XUDONG, Ph.D., UMBC; Sensor matrix development, dialysis based sensor

Research Assistant Professors

GURRAMKONDA, CHANDRASEKHAR, Ph.D., Acharya Nagarjuna University, India

Program Description

The Environmental Engineering (ENEN) Program emphasizes research in water resources and environmental engineering. Environmental engineers identify and design solutions for environmental problems, such as providing safe drinking water, treating and safely disposing of wastes, controlling water pollution, maintaining air quality and remediating contaminated sites. Water resources engineering is a profession that deals with the use, management and conservation of natural water resources above and below ground surface to assure availability and affordability of safe and clean sources of water for society. An individual plan of graduate study in environmental engineering compatible with a student’s interests and background is offered.

Program Admission Requirements

The admission requirements and procedures correspond to the requirements set forth by the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Opportunities are available for undergraduate students to enroll in ENEN M.S. program as part of their home department’s B.S./M.S. program.

Facilities and Special Resources

The program’s research facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories at the Technology Research Center. Major analytical instrumental includes an Inductively coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer, an Ion Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer, an Agilent 6890 gas chromatograph with a 5973 Network Mass Selective Detector capable of both electron impact and chemical ionization; two additional Agilent 6890 Gas Chromatographs, a Perkin-Elmer atomic absorption spectrophotometer with a graphite furnace; a DIONEX ion chromatograph; and a Total Organic Carbon analyzer. Additional equipment includes a centrifuge, analytical balances, meters (pH, specifc ion probes, DO, conductivity, turbidity, COD), shaking tables, centrifuge, refrigerators, vacuum pumps, drying ovens, a UV-VIS spectrophotometer, microscopes, muffe furnaces and a computer- controlled titrator. A reverse osmosis water source and autoclave are also available. ENCE facilities also house extensive treatability equipment. Computer labs are equipped with PCs and a dedicated server for data acquisition, analysis, modeling and simulation.

ENEN is co-located with the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE), the field offices of the NSF-funded Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) and related USDA Forest Service personnel in the Technology Research Center. CUERE’s mission is to advance the understanding of the environmental, social and economic consequences of changes to the urban and suburban landscape. CUERE and the BES jointly house a Spatial Analysis Laboratory and multiple wet laboratories for water quality, soil and sediment analysis. The Spatial Analysis Laboratory equipment includes high-end servers, storage devices, GIS workstations, one large-format plotter and one large-format scanner all linked with a high speed network. The lab holds licenses to the full suite of ESRI spatial analysis software, as well as specialized software for image analysis and LIDAR point classification and analysis.

UMBC is conveniently located with respect to a variety of terrestrial, fresh water and marine/estuarine habitats and is near a large number of private, state and national research institutions, including the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USDA Agricultural Research Service laboratories, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the EPA Mid-Atlantic Assessment Program. The MD-DE-DC District Office of the U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Division moved to the UMBC campus in 2007 under a federal cooperative agreement. The Center of Marine Biotechnology of the Maryland Biotechnology Institute is located eight miles from UMBC in downtown Baltimore. ENEN core faculty are appointed as faculty in the University System of Maryland Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science (MEES) Program.

Financial Assistance

Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available to highly qualified candidates through the program.



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