Labs & Research
Generally, the Environmental Engineering Department specializes in
- research into waste and wastewater treatment,
- emerging contaminants and
- membrane synthesis and separation.
The Water and Environmental Technology Center (WET Center) is funded by the National Science Foundation and promotes research into innovative technologies to mitigate emerging and traditional contaminants. There are currently more than 30 industrial and government members of the WET Center. Temple’s Office of Sustainability also sponsors sustainability-oriented research and initiatives to improve outreach and engagement.
You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate on research projects with faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as members of other departments. Interdisciplinary research draws on fields like biochemistry, molecular biology and chemistry. Recent studies have involved
- cultivating plants on polluted land (Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory);
- development of innovative solid and hazardous waste management and treatment options (WET Center); and
- chemical detection (Renewable Energy Lab in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry).
These cross-disciplinary opportunities allow graduate students to take creative, innovative approaches to their research.