Environmental Engineering - Civil Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

About Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering is applying engineering principles and experience to the solution of problems of environmental quality.

Environmental engineers design and set up systems to provide clean drinking water and to treat wastewater, solid wastes, hazardous wastes and air pollutants adequately. Detailed study of the environmental impacts of pollutants and ways to reduce these, both at source, and with treatment, is typical. Increasingly, environmental engineers explore sustainable systems and work with professionals across a wide range of disciplines including sociology, ecology, geology and management science.

Environmental engineers need knowledge in physics, mathematics, chemistry and microbiology, with good communications skills and an interest in providing practical solutions in environmental quality. Environmental engineers work as professional consulting engineers, in local government and industry and in research and development.

We also interact closely with staff from Chemical and Process Engineering, Natural Resources Engineering, Geography and Facilities Management.


The following staff are doing research in environmental engineering