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Civil and Environmental Engineering Research

Environmental Engineering

Building on strengths and priorities established within WSU, environmental research is one pillar of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s research portfolio.

Growing populations and economies will continue to stress finite natural resources, meaning that creative solutions are needed to promote “greener” technologies, environmental restoration and protection, and waste reutilization. Understanding complex interactions of processes at multiple scales, from the microscopic level to the global scale, will be necessary to fully advance future development. Furthermore, sustainability is a multifaceted concept based on the necessity for society to take steps to minimize, eliminate, and reverse anthropogenic impacts that adversely affect the planet. Tomorrow’s solutions will thus require multifaceted approaches where scientific answers incorporate human behavior, ecological response, economic analysis, and societal values.

Research areas include:

  • Agriculture and Air Quality
  • Regional Air Quality
  • Biosphere/Atmosphere Interactions
  • Urban Air Quality
  • Global Change
  • Bioremediation
  • Hazardous Waste Remediation
  • Environmental Issues with Concrete
  • Contaminant Fate and Transport
  • Water Quality Modeling
  • Green Highways
  • Green Chemistry
  • Ecological Engineering
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Sustainable materials and construction
  • Engineering Education


Environmental engineering maintains a number of research laboratories equipped with new chromatography systems, atomic absorption spectrometers, pollutant analyzers, and associated computer data acquisition and analysis systems. The Laboratory for Atmospheric Research(LAR) also employs a variety of meteorological and turbulence sensors including an extensive system for conducting atmospheric tracer studies using sulfur hexafluoride and other halogenated tracers. Three water craft and a number of vehicles and monitoring trailers are routinely used for a variety of field study programs.

Affiliated Centers, Institutes, and Labs

Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO)

Academic and industry leaders applying innovative technologies and management tools to the challenges of global climate change and environmental sustainability

Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR)

Conducting air quality research, emphasizing biosphere/atmosphere interactions and regional air quality measurements and modeling


Claiborn, Candis
Dean Emeritus 335-4652
Hohner, 335-2576
Hossain, Akram
WSU Tricities 372-7314
Jobson, 335-2692
Lamb, Brian
Regents Professor
Boeing Distinguished Professor 335-5702
Liu, 335-1529
Pressley, Shelley N.
Director of Undergraduate Research
Associate Research Professor 335-5443
Vaughan, 335-2832
Walden, 335-5645
Watts, 335-3761
Mount, 335-3790
Yonge, 335-2147