CIVL 5150/6150/6156 Groundwater Hydraulics (Spring 2018)


CIVL 5970/6970 Energy and the Environment (Fall 2017, 2018)

Description: Environmental engineers play a unique role in engineering a sustainable energy future. This course will focus on current issues in energy consumption and its environmental impact. Along with traditional fossil fuels, this course will discuss nuclear energy and waste disposal, renewable energy systems (eg. solar, wind, hydroelectric), energy conservation, global warming, CO2 control and energy storage.

Objectives: After this course, the student should be (1) competent in the environmental consequences of different forms of energy and technical solutions, (2) able to apply this competence to assess energy systems and combinations, and (3) understand basic scientific and engineering profiles pertinent in energy systems.

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CIVL 3230: Introduction to Environmental Engineering (Spring 2016, 2017, 2018, Fall 2018)

Objectives: The course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of environmental engineering, including basic environmental chemistry and microbiology, material and energy balances, diffusion, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, and chemical reaction engineering, and the applications of these principles to water quality and water and wastewater treatment.  Upon completing the course, the student should be able to: 1) Describe the history and purpose of environmental engineering and environmental regulations, including the role of civil engineering; 2) Understand and interpret typical water quality measurements and criteria; 3) Perform fundamental calculations using stoichiometry, analysis of units, and common measurements of concentration; 4) Apply material balances to assess the fate of pollutants in natural and engineered systems; 5) Apply the principles of chemical equilibrium to solve solubility, gas-liquid, and acid-base problems; 6) Use the principles of kinetics and chemical reaction engineering to determine the concentration of reactants and products in batch, completely mixed flow, and plug flow reactors; 7) Understand the conceptual design and configuration of water and wastewater treatment plants; and 8) Acquire some basic experimental skills in water and wastewater treatment.

People’s Choice Award winners – Spring 2018!

Congratulations to the Spring 2018 People’s Choice award winners Hayden Beyer, Nick Hillman, Christian Jetzel, Samuel Tatum, Yanzi Wu, and Olivia Zuvanich! (click to see larger)




Congratulations to the Spring 2017 recipients of the People’s Choice awards, Joshua Adamson, Maddie Lamere, Sam Jones, and Mary Rickmeyer! Click on the  image above to see each poster in detail.

John Portal, Spring 2016


John Portal, E-waste Leads to Lead in Our Groundwater, People’s Choice Award winner Spring 2016 (click to see larger)






Six graphics that explain climate change

State climate change summaries

Water protection groups across the state have worked together to create this interactive maps of 2016 sewage spills in Alabama.

Interactive Mapping Tools

Check out the air and water quality in your area

Radium in water distribution systems

Map My Drinking Water

Chromium in water distribution systems

Drinking water quality, quantity, & contamination

PFCs in drinking water

AirData Air Quality Monitoring

How the US generates electricity