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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 (click here to see new RA openings). Alumni have gone on to positions in industry, consulting firms, government agencies, research institutions, and universities.

Research Areas

Research Facilities

The UMass EWRE Program has world-class facilities for research, including a state-of-the-art research building, sophisticated laboratory instrumentation, equipment for remediation and computational facilities.  EWRE also maintains a water and wastewater piloting facility that is available for general use.


Research Conferences and Seminars

The annual New England Graduate Student Water Symposium is held in Amherst the 2nd weekend in September.  For more, see the NEGSWS website.

There is a Research Seminar every Friday at 12:20 during the semester.  For location and speakers see our seminar schedule.

Degree Programs

The EWRE Program offers both MS and PhD degrees.  Extensive overall information is available in our brochure on Graduate Study in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, as well as other pages on this site.

For more information, contact:
Casey Brown, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program Coordinator

Specialization in Fish Passage Engineering

A new area of specialization for the MSCE degree is available on the topic of fish passage engineering.  This is offered in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  For more information, visit the MSCE Fish Passage Engineering site.




Program History

Resources for Current EWRE Students

A number of useful resources for current Graduate Students are available, including our EWRE Information, Policy and Procedures Manual as well as forms for planning and documenting your specific academic program.