The Environmental Processes (EP) research focus area of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University (http://www.cee.cornell.edu/) invites applications for research-based M.S./Ph.D. and Ph.D. studies beginning in the 2016/2017 academic year. Cornell offers graduate students the opportunity to individualize their course of study with a committee of faculty members to select the most important courses to complement their research. Students in the EP focus area generally take courses related to physical and chemical processes in water and wastewater treatment, water chemistry, biological processes, and a variety of specialized courses including environmental risk analysis, environmental fate and transport modelling, and biocatalysis and biodegradation. Research in the EP area generally focuses on the biological, chemical, and physical phenomena that affect the behavior and fate of contaminants in natural and engineered systems. There are currently four active research groups:
Len Lion/Monroe Weber-Shirk – (http://aguaclara.cee.cornell.edu/) - physical/chemical water treatment process innovations for international applications as part of the AguaClara program; application of research to designs for efficient removal of colloidal and dissolved contaminants.
Ruth Richardson – (http://www.cee.cornell.edu/cee/people/profile.cfm?netid=rer26) - bioremediation; wastewater treatment; quantitative use of microbial biomarkers to monitor and infer rates of specific processes in environmental settings; microbially derived biofuels; greenhouse gas cycling by microbes in natural and wastewater environments; pathogen detection and quantification in water resources; application of omics techniques to discover novel enzymes.
Damian Helbling – (http://helbling.research.engineering.cornell.edu/) - fate and transport of trace organic chemicals in aquatic environments; biological and chemical transformations of organic chemicals in natural and engineered systems; high-resolution mass spectrometry for environmental metabolomics and proteomics; environmental and ecological determinants of environmental metabolomes.
Matthew Reid – (http://www.cee.cornell.edu/cee/people/profile.cfm?netid=mcr239) - engineered and managed ecosystems as sustainable tools for water quality improvement; coupled biological and chemical processes in soils; decentralized and soil-based wastewater treatment; greenhouse gas emissions from biological processes in soil and water.
Applicants should possess a B.S. or (preferably) an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Microbiology, or a related field. Admitted applicants will receive a competitive stipend, full tuition, and benefits. Interested students must first apply and be admitted to the graduate program of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Environmental Processes focus area) at Cornell University (http://gradschool.cornell.edu/admissions/applying/apply-now). Applicants should mention specific faculty with whom they would like to work in their application materials and discuss how their research interests align with current research programs.
The faculty of Environmental Engineering at Cornell University are internationally recognized leaders in water-related research. Our program ranks 10th in the nation according to the 2015 US News and World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools. Recent graduates of our program are now working in academia, for the US government, with NGOs, and in internationally recognized consulting firms. Ithaca, New York is frequently listed as one of the great small towns in America, with Business Insider ranking us the best college town in America.