Environmental Engineering

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About Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech prepares students with knowledge of the scientific disciplines and engineering principles that are used to address emerging environmental issues — from sustaining our air, water, and land resources to public health and environmental restoration.

Our Environmental Engineering program provides comprehensive educational and research opportunities in air, land, and water science and engineering. Our faculty members have a broad range of experience and expertise. They work in top-notch research facilities and collaborate extensively with engineering and science faculty across campus and around the world. This interdisciplinary backdrop allows students to tailor their studies to achieve their educational and professional goals.

Our program is a key component in campus-wide initiatives on biological engineering, bioscience and biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials science and technology, sustainable technology and development, environmental science and technology, and energy systems.

Focus your studies

Undergraduate students can explore opportunities to conduct research with environmental engineering faculty and graduate students.

Students pursuing a master's degree or PhD will work closely with faculty advisors throughout their studies and as they prepare a thesis. Browse the directory at the bottom of the page to get to know the faculty in this group and learn more about their research interests.

There are many opportunities for students to get involved beyond the classroom. Environmental engineering students may consider joining student organizations that will enhance their classwork, including the Association of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Engineers in Action, or Engineers without Borders.

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Key Research Areas

  • Air pollution: emissions, formation, transport, and deposition of aerosols
  • Chemical and environmental multiphase transport processes
  • Environmental and analytical chemistry
  • Environmental biotechnology for bioremediation of contaminated soil, sediments and waters
  • Hazardous substances in sediments, soils, waters and residues
  • Nanotechnology in the environment
  • Physical, chemical and biological processes influencing subsurface fate and transport of contaminants
  • Physicochemical processes for water and wastewater treatment
  • Sustainable technology and development


  • Ford Environmental Science and Technology
  • Daniel Laboratory
  • Sustainable Education Building
  • Multimedia Environmental Simulations Laboratory
  • Collaborations in Atlanta with units at Emory University and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Mustafa M. Aral
Professor Emeritus
Joe F. Bozeman III
Assistant Professor
Joe Brown
Adjunct Professor
Yongsheng Chen
Bonnie W. and Charles W. Moorman IV Professor
Maohong Fan
Adjunct Professor
Michael Gooden Jr., M.Ed.
Program Support Coordinator
Katy Graham
Assistant Professor
Emily Grubert
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Janet Hatt
Senior Research Scientist/Lab Manager Konstantinidis Group
Yongtao Hu
Senior Research Scientist
Ching-Hua Huang
Turnipseed Family Chair & Professor
Sharon Just
Professor of the Practice
Jennifer Kaiser
Assistant Professor
Kostas T. Konstantinidis
Richard C. Tucker Professor
John H. Koon
Professor of the Practice
Chris Chungkei Lai
Assistant Professor
James A. Mulholland
Professor Emeritus
Nga Lee Ng
Adjunct Professor
M. Talat Odman
Regents' Researcher
Spyros G. Pavlostathis
Professor Emeritus
Ameet Pinto
Carlton S. Wilder Associate Professor
Armistead G. Russell
Howard T. Tellepsen Chair, Regents Professor & Group Coordinator
F. Michael Saunders
Professor Emeritus
Jim C. Spain
Professor Emeritus
Ambarish Vaidyanathan
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Shih Chi Weng
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Xing Xie
Carlton S. Wilder Associate Professor
Sotira Yiacoumi
Susan G. and Christopher D. Pappas Professor
Wenlong Zhang
Assistant Professor at GTSI
Adjunct Professor at GT
Jianfeng Zhou
External Adjunct Assistant Professor
Guangxuan Zhu
Senior Research Scientist Emeritus