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A Unified Elective Concentration In Environmental Engineering

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.45.1 - 1.45.7



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T.C. Young

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S.E. Powers

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Norbert L. Ackermann

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Anthony G. Collins

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Session 2251


T.C.Young, S.E. Powers, A.G. Collins, and N.L. Ackermann Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam NY


Environmental concerns have become so widespread in contemporary society that they require substantive consideration by engineering professionals from areas not traditionally thought to be environmentally-oriented. By focusing professional electives, Clarkson has developed and instituted a program that enables engineering students from a variety of disciplines to substantively increase their technical background in environmental engineering and, at the same time, satisfy accreditation constraints on curricula. Students who have satisfied the requirements of the "Professional Concentration in Environmental Engineering" receive a certificate from the Dean of Engineering upon graduation. The school-wide program is too new to permit assessment, but its forerunner in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has enjoyed excellent success.


The legal and social standing of the environment has undergone enormous changes since the first Earth Day over 25 years ago1. Accompanying and reflecting this growth of interest and evolution of concern has been a parallel development of the scope of the discipline called environmental engineering. As Ray2 noted, "In the not so distant past, engineering students interested in the environment studied 'sanitary engineering'" and their proficiency was likely to be restricted to water and wastewater treatment. The Association of Environmental Engineering Professors, however, has for some time considered environmental engineering to encompass a broader range of disciplines, including: water and wastewater engineering, air pollution control engineering, solid waste engineering, industrial hygiene engineering, radiological health engineering, environmental impact assessment, and environmental management3. More recently it has been recognized that the field of environmental engineering now also encompasses hazardous (and toxic) waste management engineering, pollution prevention, and mathematical modeling of complex environmental systems2. Adequate solutions to this broad range of problems requires practicing engineers to give substantive consideration to the views and contributions of individuals who represent areas not traditionally thought to be environmentally

1996 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings

Young, T., & Powers, S., & Ackermann, N. L., & Collins, A. G. (1996, June), A Unified Elective Concentration In Environmental Engineering Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--6360

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