Fueling our world while protecting our environment: It is perhaps the greatest challenge ever faced by our global society. Engineers studying energy typically focus on physics, chemistry and engineering systems to improve the acquisition, generation, delivery, usage and disposal of energy resources. On the other side of this issue, energy production and other industrial concerns create the need for engineers who creatively use biology, chemistry and systems research to prevent or solve problems involving water, air and soil purity. Lehigh's programs include courses in environmental science, chemical engineering, hydraulic engineering, mechanics, materials, pollution control and waste management.
Environmental and energy engineers look to develop advanced, ecologically friendly energy sources and more efficient use, distribution and disposal of society's current energy and industrial materials. They also delve into process development and modeling related to issues of pollution detection, protection and mitigation.
Lehigh engineers interested in this area explore topics such as:
Some labs across campus seek to track and eradicate pathogens that lurk in the ground and in the sources of drinking water for industrialized cities and developing nations alike. Others use expertise in nanosystems to remove arsenic from well water in villages across India and Bangladesh, and to eliminate pollutants from EPA Superfund sites here in the United States. Another way Lehigh researchers solve problems in this area is in the design of control systems for next-generation chemical and fusion reactors, and better design and utilization for fuel-based engines and industrial turbines.
Lehigh supports a wealth of faculty expertise, graduate student projects, and research information and instrumentation available to students interested in these pursuits. Examples of major initiatives include the following:
Expertise in the field of Environmental/Energy Engineering has never been more crucial than it is today; engineers in this area seek ways to improve the effectiveness and ecological implications of the materials and processes used to fuel the global economy.
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