Vision and Goals
The Environmental Engineering Program within the Department is geared to create a high-quality learning experience for our students. The principal goals include:
- Provide a broad engineering education to our graduates that will prepare them for both current and future professional challenges.
- Promote a commitment to continued scholarship and service among our graduates.
- Foster a spirit of innovation so that our graduates are positioned to take advantage of new technology in our profession.
- Promote an environment that is inclusive and diverse.
- To attain prominence in key areas of Environmental Engineering graduate education and research.
The research conducted directly or indirectly within the institute forwards UCF’s mission that seeks to produce pioneering scholarship and impactful research. The ESEI specializes in the study of drinking water with a focus on the use of the following technologies and techniques: membrane processes, aeration, disinfection, adsorption, coagulation and flocculation techniques, and corrosion control. The ESEI is unique as it is one of few laboratories in Florida that is dedicated to providing disinfection by-product formation potential modeling to municipal utilities and professional engineering organizations that cannot obtain the service from commercial laboratories or other academic institutions.
Our mission is to further the knowledge and practice of the environmental engineering profession nationally and internationally with a specific focus on water quality. We strive to provide our students with the best possible education in a stimulating research-oriented and intellectually diverse environment.
The Institute has provided technical support and analysis to municipal/governmental water utilities, engineering firms and other. Some of the work conducted by ESEI has been funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. Many of our undergraduate students participate in research projects that without ESEI’s facilities and well as institutional experience would not have otherwise occurred. For example, one of the investigations conducted with the help of ESEI involved the participation of undergraduate civil, environmental and construction engineering students to impress upon them the significance of infrastructure corrosion, to provide an opportunity to learn more about corrosion, and to motive these students to pursue advanced degrees with the emphasis being placed on performing corrosion research. As such, that research effort supported, in part, the recommendations offered by the National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences that sought actions to improve the corrosion education of graduating engineers (Assessment of Corrosion Education, The National Academies Press, Washington D.C. 2009).
The ESEI is unique as it is one of few laboratories in Florida that is dedicated to providing disinfection by-product formation potential modeling to municipal utilities and professional engineering organizations that cannot obtain the service from commercial laboratories or other academic institutions. Another unique expertise that the ESEI has developed is the ability to accurately quantify sulfide in ground and brackish well supplies. Sulfide is a non-regulated, naturally occurring chemical that occurs in well water in Florida and is very difficult to accurately measure. ESEI has earned a reputation for this type of testing which has aided UCF to attract both Institute and UCF research projects that support graduate student education. The research that is conducted directly, or indirectly, within the Institute aids the overall mission of UCF in its desire to conduct high quality research that results in high-impact peer reviewed publications. The ESEI also conducts membrane flat-sheet testing and rapid small-scale column testing for both activated carbon and ion exchange applications.