We live in a time when no part of the natural environment is untouched by human activities. Great strides have been made in addressing many of the natural resources and environmental problems caused by human activities; however, population growth and rising standards of living continue to stress the natural environment and generate a spectrum of environmental problems that need to be solved.

Environmental engineers are called upon to understand, arrange and manipulate biological, chemical, ecological, economic, hydrological, physical and social processes to balance our material needs with our impacts on the environment. Such are the challenges of sustainability, while global climate makes these tasks all the more important.

At Cornell, environmental engineering majors pursue these challenges in a joint program of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Engineering.

Environmental Engineering News

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CALS senior rescues man from NYC subway tracks

Bryce Demopoulos ’23 rescued a man from the subway tracks in New York City Aug. 4, seconds before an incoming train pulled into the station.

  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
Anonymous snorkeler swimming in azure seawater

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New research in biomechanics measures the impact of head-first, hand-first and feet-first diving and the likelihood of injury at different diving heights.

  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Biology
  • Health + Nutrition
The Pew Sundial on the Engineering Quadrangle in fall.

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Dan Aneshansley, Ph.D. ’72, professor emeritus of biological and environmental engineering, whose research impacted the state’s dairy and fruit production, died July 3. He was 79.

  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Neurobiology and Behavior