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Environmental & Water Resources Engineering

A rock ramp fishway near Orono, MaineProgram Coordinator contact:
Dr. Casey Brown,

The Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE) Program is committed to solving the environmental problems of today and educating the engineers and researchers of tomorrow. The group has expertise in a wide variety of fields, including hydrology, water resources planning and management, drinking water treatment, and environmental sensing. EWRE faculty have received the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, the Huber Prize for Research, and the ASCE Julian Hinds Award. By combining a tradition of excellence with a passion for innovation, our program provides students with a highly competitive graduate education. Most students are supported through research assistantships, fellowships, and teaching assistantships. Alumni have gone on to positions in industry, consulting firms, government agencies, research institutions, and universities.



Research Centers

  • The Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS) brings together a national team of experts to transform drinking water treatment for small water systems (SWS) in part by leveraging existing relationships with industry through the Massachusetts Water Cluster. WINSSS facilitates a clear pathway for innovation implementation through novel approaches to treating grouped contaminants such as organic carbon, trace organics, disinfection by-products, and nitrogenous compounds, pilot demonstrations of promising technologies, standardized testing requirements for multiple states, tools to simplify system operations, and an extensive outreach.
  • The Northeast Climate Adaption Science Center works with natural and cultural resource managers in the Northeast and Midwest regions to apply future climate scenarios to decision making and co-produce information, and tools for climate change adaptation. each contributing significant and unique expertise to the Northeast Region's climate challenge.


Research Facilities

The Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program occupies the top two floors of the Engineering Lab II (ELab II) building. This includes about 13,000 sq-ft of research laboratories and graduate student offices. These lab house a wide range of instrumentation managed by the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program. 



Degree Programs

The Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program offers both MS and PhD degrees.