Engineers’ work brings harmony
to society and the environment
study urban flooding, wetland pollution, greenhouse gasses,
of growing empirical data indicates that the Earth’s
climate is changing—and fast—raising questions
about how mankind will adapt to higher temperatures and more
severe climate systems.
Summer weather forecasts are riddled with warnings for asthmatics
and the elderly to avoid skies full of smog.
Industry and millions of automobiles continue to spew toxins
into the air and water. Unanswered questions about the availability
of clean water hang in the dirty air. The Superfund National
Priorities List identifies 1,024 sites (113 in New Jersey
alone) awaiting clean up.
Energy failures leave millions in the dark. Without funding,
research, or public support, geothermal, solar,
nuclear, and other renewable power industries wilt.
Deforestation continues rapidly. Thousands of square miles
in the Amazon rainforest are destroyed every year.
In the United States alone, 386 animal and 597 plant species
are on the endangered species list, while others struggle
to stay off of it even though more and more habitats disappear
Most of the direst problems facing
the globe today could be filed under the category “environmental
Scientists, engineers, economists, sociologists, and policy-makers
are turning their gaze to the environment, finding a long
list of compelling questions and searching for answers.
National Science Foundation (NSF) is the major supporter
of environmental research conducted by the academic community.
In response to a report made by its Task Force on the Environment,
NSF raised its funding for environmental research, making
current funding 40 percent higher than in 2000.
Here at the School of Engineering and Applied Science engineers
are conducting innovative, daring research to help make our
environment better. The following pages feature a few of
the ongoing research projects geared toward achieving this
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