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Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Welcome to EEES

Welcome to EEES

Department Overview

The Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences is a vibrant academic community with academic offerings and expertise in environmental process engineering, biosystems engineering, hydrogeology, environmental health physics and radiochemistry, environmental chemistry, and sustainable systems. We have one of the nation’s largest environmental engineering and earth sciences programs which U.S. News and World Report ranks in the top 25 for programs of its kind in the country. The department offers several degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Undergraduate

Graduate

Students who complete our graduate degrees produce high-quality research and design within Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences and Biosystems Engineering.  Minors in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science and Policy and Geology are also available.  Our Department also offers a number of 5-year BS/MS options.

News & Announcements [All News]
2014 HYDROGEOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

The 22nd annual Clemson hydrogeology Symposium will take place April 2-4 at the Madren Center here on campus. April 2nd and 4Th are devoted to field trips while a full day of presentations will take place on April 3. The presentations will be made by Clemson faculty and students as well as scientists from the United States Geological Survey and environmental consultants. Last year over 300 were in attendance. The keynote speaker is the 2014 NGWA McElhinney Lecturer Carlos Molano. More details can be found here.

EEES FACULTY ANNOUNCEMENTS
GAN AND KARANFIL WIN BEST MS THESIS AWARD FROM AWWA

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced that Xiaojie (Jane) Gan has been selected to receive the First Place 2014 Academic Achievement Award for the best Master’s Thesis. Jane performed her MS thesis research at Clemson University from 2011-2013 under the tutelage of Dr. Tanju Karanfil. Jane now works for URS Corporation, in their Columbia, SC office. The Academic Achievement Award from AWWA encourages excellence by recognizing contributions to the field of public water supply. Masters theses that are relevant to the water supply industry are eligible. The award will be presented at the AWWA Annual Conference in Boston, MA during the plenary session on June 9, 2014. In addition to this prestigious recognition, Jane will receive a cash award of $3,000.

POWELL RECEIVES PRESTIGOUS 2014 GOVERNOR’S YOUNG RESEARCHER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Dr. Brian Powell, Associate Professor in EEES, received the 2014 Governor’s Young Researcher Award for Excellence in Scientific Research. This is a major recognition of Dr. Powell’s research accomplishments.  In conjunction with the Governor’s Office, the South Carolina Academy of Science initiated sponsorship of this award, which is directed to a gifted young researcher (only those individuals who have completed no more than 12 years beyond the Ph.D.).  Governor’s Awards are designed to honor specifically an individual or team within the state whose achievements and contributions to science in South Carolina merit special recognition and to promote wider awareness of the quality and extent of scientific activity in South Carolina.  Dr. Powell has expertise in the understanding and prediction of the physical, chemical, and biological processes which govern the mobility of radionuclides in natural and engineered systems.  His research focuses on biogeochemical processes controlling radionuclide behavior in the environment such as sorption by minerals, interactions with nano-colloids, complexation by organic ligands, and interactions with microorganisms.
Dr. Powell will be honored at the SC Academy of Science Annual Meeting at Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC, on April 5, 2014.

LEWIS, LADNER & KARANFIL WIN BEST PAPER AWARD FROM AWWA

Each year the Journal of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) selects one article for the “Best Advanced Treatment of Water Paper Award.” For 2013, the award was given to Daniel Olin Lewis, David A. Ladner, and Tanju Karanfil for their paper “Source water and microfiltration plant manganese control study.” According to David LaFrance, Executive Director of AWWA, The paper was selected based on its impact on the water sector and the professional and editorial quality of the paper. Given the large number of papers published in the journal each year, this is a major achievement. The award will be presented in Las Vegas, Nevada at the 2014 AWWA/AMTA Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition in March.
Daniel Olin Lewis is currently a system engineer with Duke Energy in Seneca, S.C. He earned his master’s degree in environmental engineering and science from Clemson University in 2012, working under the guidance of Drs. Ladner and Karanfil. David A. Ladner is an assistant professor and Tanju Karanfil is a professor in EEES. Dr. Karanfil was recently promoted to the position of Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Engineering and Science.

DAVID FREEDMAN APPOINTED INTERIM CHAIR OF EEES

Effective January 1st, professor Dr. David Freedman has been appointed as Interim Department Chair for the EEES department.

DR. TANJU KARANFIL NAMED COES ASSOCIATE DEAN

Dr. Tanju Karanfil, former EEES department chair, has been named as the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Students for the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University. Congratulations Dr. Karanfil on your new position.

OPEN FACULTY POSITIONS

The EEES department currently has two available faculty positions.  The announcements can be found on our Employment Opportunities Page.

EEES WELCOMES NEW BE FACULTY MEMBERS

The EEES department is excited to welcome two new faculty members.  Drs. Christophe Darnault and Yi Zheng will be joining the faculty this August, increasing the Biosystems Engineering research presence and teaching BE undergraduate and graduate courses.

EEES STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE
Our department now offers an Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Degree. It is the only degree program of its type in South Carolina. Watch the video! Environmental Engineering has been continuously reported as one of the best jobs with great pay and growth prospects in many recent news articles: Forbes, IEEE-USA Today's Engineer, The Consumerist, US Department of Labor, and Csemag.com.
EEES STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The EEES department had 31 undergraduate students, and 7 graduate students graduate on May 10th, including the first class of Environmental Engineering Undergraduates.  Congratulations to all our graduates!
Clemson University's team, Brewcovery, competed in the ACC Clean Energy Challenge in Raleigh,
NC, coming in second place and taking home a $5,000 prize. The team was composed of David
Thornton, Alex Pellett, Holly Garrett and Dr. Terry Walker in Biosystems Engineering. Clemson's
team, Brewcovery, recovers food and brewery wastes and converts these waste streams into
valuable co-products: feed, biofuels and soil amendments utilizing the black soldier fly, Hermetia
illucens.
The undergraduate Environmental Engineering degree held its first year of Capstone Design this spring. Students gave their final presentations on April 25th and the event was well received by the industry representatives who came to evaluate the program. Four teams worked on two projects. One project was an upgrade to the City of Clemson’s Cochran Road wastewater treatment plant. The other project was the design of an industrial wastewater pretreatment process train for removing dissolved solids. The instructor was Dr. David Ladner. Dr. Tom Overcamp and Dr. David Freedman also participated.  Students completing the capstone design were: Walt Barnett, Joe Batts, Preston Busbee,  Jessica Bush, Stephanie Carey, Ryan Cox, Kathryn Fauerby, Robbie Getsinger, Malcolm Glenn, Adam Grant, Erin Grubbs, Amanda Kunkle, Jackie Lauer, Kevin McIntyre, Justin O'Brien, Zach Priester, Zach Trammel, and Nick Webber.  Twelve of these students graduated in May.
Congratulations to our award winners from the 2013 EEES Student Awards!
Onur Apul - L.G. Rich Water Environment Association Award
Hillary Emerson - Dr. William R. Heatley, Jr. Award
Peng Xie - Ray Abernathy Water Environmental Award
Alex Beebe - Environmental Scholars Award
Tim Sattler - Environmental Scholars Award
Andrea Creighton - Jean G. Stillwell Award
Alex Baldwin - Thomas F. Logan, Jr. Geology Merit Award
Louis Hill - Environmental Scholars Award
Heather Sprague - George B. Nutt Award (Senior)
Tyler Barzee - George B. Nutt Award (Junior)
Jaclyn Lauer - Thomas M. Keinath Environmental Engineering Award
Katie vanValkinburg - Thomas M. Keinath Environmental Engineering Award

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