Number of Environmental Engineering Majors Up 50 percent This Year
Andrea Siedsma | December 14, 2009
The environmental engineering major, which was founded in the Jacobs School of Engineering in 2004, has graduated 20 students and currently has 92 engineering students enrolled, up 50 percent from 62 students in February 2009.
Jacobs School of Engineering continues to be on the leading edge of training future environmental engineers, who are working on real-world solutions for renewable energies, sustainable building designs, climate change, and urban planning and development. The environmental engineering program, which falls under the Department of Mechanical & Eerospace Engineering, gives students skills in mathematics, physics, fluid mechanics and environmental transport, as well as heat and mass transfer in complex geometries.
“Many new environmental engineering and sustainability challenges require strong quantitative skills,” said Jan Kleissl, an environmental engineering professor. “Our majors are well versed in engineering skills critical for the new low-carbon economy. From energy efficient buildings, to solar power, smart grids and water conservation, our students know the issues, the engineering methods and the solutions. Our enrollment is doubling every two years. Our students are excellent and mature students who want to contribute to developing a more sustainable economy.”
Lisa Lowry, who earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering in 2007, is one of those students.
“Engineering gives us the tools to understand problems and develop solutions,” said Lowry, who now works as an independent air quality and climate change consultant and is studying environmental law at Georgetown University. “Engineers have a great deal of power to design sustainable human environments.”
More information on the UC San Diego Environmental Engineering program can be found at http://www-mae.ucsd.edu/enveng.php
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