NEWS & EVENTS

  • CIVE 580B2: Applied Groundwater Field Experience
    Dates: July 31st August 18th

    Beginning July 31, a new applied groundwater field class, focusing on hands-on experience with current and emerging tools used by groundwater scientists and engineers, will be offered at the Engineering Research Center.

    Students will gain skills in field mapping of hydrogeologic units; collection of hydrologic field data; collection and analysis of soil, water, and gas samples; drilling and completion of wells; fabrication of multiple-level sampling systems; conducting and analysis of aquifer and pump tests; and safety related aspect of laboratory and field work.

    This Field Course is focused on building technical experience and qualifications past theory.
  • New article in The Conversation on degradation of PFAS: "An electric fix for removing long-lasting chemicals in groundwater"
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  • NEW PAPER: "Downhole Transformation of the Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Biocide Glutaraldehyde: Implications for Flowback and Produced Water Quality"
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016, 50, 1141411423
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  • MOLLY IN THE NEWS: Not enough known about hydraulic fracturing impact on agriculture
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The Challenge.
In the modern world, contaminants in sediments, soils, and groundwater have become a chronic global environmental and economic challenge. Well-educated professionals and novel solutions are needed to responsibly resolve the impacts of past, current, and future practices. Primary activities driving subsurface environmental concerns include energy, agriculture, manufacturing, defense, and pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, growing global use of groundwater for water supply, driven by population growth and climate change, is making responsible resolution of subsurface environmental issues all the more urgent.

Our Mission.
Our mission is twofold. First, to provide the next generation of scientist and engineers with the fundamental intellectual skills needed to address current and future subsurface environmental challenges. Secondly, to work with our sponsors and colleagues to advance solutions that are more effective, lower cost, and more sustainable, than current options.

Our Approach.
Educationally, our approach centers on first-principles interdisciplinary education, hands on experience, collaboration with leaders in our field, and promotion of well-rounded professional skills including communications.

Pillars of our research activities include: