The Environmental Processes (EP) research focus area of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University invites applications for fully-funded M.S./Ph.D. and Ph.D. studies beginning in the 2018/2019 academic year. Cornell offers graduate students the opportunity to individualize their course of study with a committee of faculty members to select the most important courses to complement their research. Students in the EP focus area take courses related to physical and chemical processes in water and wastewater treatment, water chemistry, and biological processes, and can choose from a diverse range of specialty courses within CEE and across other engineering and science disciplines at Cornell. Research in the EP area focuses on the biological, chemical, and physical phenomena underlying urgent water quality challenges facing human societies. There are currently four active research groups:
Damian E. Helbling – (http://helbling.research.engineering.cornell.edu/) - Fate and transport of trace organic chemicals in aquatic environments; biological and chemical transformations of organic chemicals in natural and engineered systems; high-resolution mass spectrometry for environmental forensics and metabolomics; environmental and ecological determinants of persistence. Please check website for descriptions of specific opportunities.
Matthew Reid – (http://reid.cee.cornell.edu/) - Coupled biological, chemical, and physical controls on the fate of nutrients and metals/metalloids in water and soil environments; ecological engineering; greenhouse gas emissions from biological processes in natural and engineered ecosystems.
Ruth Richardson – (http://www.cee.cornell.edu/cee/people/profile.cfm?netid=rer26) - Bioremediation; wastewater treatment; quantitative use of microbial biomarkers to monitor and infer rates of specific processes in environmental settings; microbially derived biofuels; greenhouse gas cycling by microbes in natural and wastewater environments; pathogen detection and quantification in water resources; application of omics techniques to discover novel enzymes.
Monroe Weber-Shirk – (http://aguaclara.cee.cornell.edu/) - Physical/chemical water treatment process innovations for international applications as part of the AguaClara program; application of research to designs for efficient removal of colloidal and dissolved contaminants.
Applicants should possess a B.S. or M.S. in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology, or a related field. Admitted applicants will receive a competitive stipend, full tuition, and benefits. Interested students must first apply and be admitted to the graduate program of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Environmental Processes focus area) at Cornell University (http://gradschool.cornell.edu/admissions/applying/apply-now). Applicants should mention specific faculty with whom they would like to work in their application materials and discuss how their research interests align with current research programs.
The faculty of Environmental Engineering at Cornell University are internationally recognized leaders in water-related research. Recent graduates of our program are now working in academia, for the US government, with NGOs, and in internationally recognized consulting firms. Ithaca, New York enjoys a high quality of life and is frequently listed as one of the best college towns in America.