Sustainability engineering

Sustainability engineering is a revolutionary approach to long-lasting improvement of the human condition. Sustainable engineers recognize that their works are embedded in complex social, environmental, political, and economic systems that require a broader and more integrative approach than has historically been applied. Sustainable engineers are prepared to work across disciplinary boundaries and in teams. They seek a holistic understanding of complex problems that transcend the traditional boundaries of engineering, but are nevertheless amenable to analytic tools such as life cycle assessment, risk analysis and systems engineering.

The graduate curriculum in the sustainability engineering specialty area in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) emphasizes flexibility and individuality. Students from many different engineering and physical science backgrounds may enter this specialty area and design a plan of study that supports their original research and professional development goals. Faculty in the sustainability engineering specialty area study topics at the intersection of multiple fields, including alternative energy, transportation, earth systems, and the environment.

Graduate student manuals

Sustainability engineering faculty