Earth and Environmental Engineering (PhD)

Columbia University

Date Posted: May 30, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Discipline: Engineering
Program Type: Doctoral Degree


The EEE doctoral program encompasses projects that include Earth/environmental objectives and involve research in the following areas:

  • Developing a better understanding of the impacts of industrial and other human activities on the environment (e.g. sources and transport of contaminants in water bodies; application of geochemical or physical principles in environmental assessment)
  • Reconfiguring of industrial activities so as to reduce adverse impacts on the environment (e.g. alternative materials/processes; implementation of cogeneration and distributed power generation; advanced technologies for solar power generation; advanced landfill engineering)
  • Mitigation of past environmental damage (constructed wetlands; management of contaminated sediments; bioremediation of contaminated land)
  • Earth system and industrial ecology studies (analysis of materials flow; advanced methodologies for LCA; technology/policy interactions)