Mission Statement

Earth and Environmental Engineering at the Henry Krumb School of Mines fosters excellence in education and research for the development and application of science and technology to maximize the quality of life for all, through the sustainable use and responsible management of Earth’s resources.

A World of Problems, A Department of Solutions

Problems addressed by the EEE curriculum cover an impressive range of scientific disciplines and socio-economic concerns. Specific problems include:

  • Developing unconventional alternative energy sources
  • Managing atmospheric carbon emitted by fossil fuels, to alleviate climate change
  • Optimizing water distribution systems considering available sources, societal needs, and climate variations
  • Water quality assessment in natural systems for human health and ecological protection
  • Integrated waste management, including waste reduction, materials recovery by recycling, and energy recovery by means of waste-to-energy technologies
  • Reconfiguring industrial activities to reduce pollution and conserve natural resources
  • Mining related to hazardous waste remediation and harbor dredging

Innovative solutions to our world of environmental problems are being researched and developed by our faculty. These include:

  • Using seasonal climate forecasts to manage risk for water systems and natural hazards
  • Sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide using readily available mineral rock
  • Designing zero-emission, coal-fed power plants
  • Designing waste-to-energy facilities as an alternative to landfill disposal
  • Developing environmentally benign chemical surfactants for use in industrial processes

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