Benefits of Environmental Engineering at PSU Berks

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Recommendation for an Undergraduate Environmental Engineering Bachelor’s Degree at Penn State Berks

By
Kevin Bowes
Undergraduate Electro-Mechanical Engineering Student at Penn State Berks

19 March 2013

Prepared for
Professor Heidi Liebegott

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABSTRACT3
INTRODUCTION4
Purpose4
Background4
DISCUSSION5
What Does an Environmental Engineer Do?5
Field Growth of Environmental Engineering5
Why Berks?6
Benefits for Penn State9
CONCLUSION10
RECOMMENDATIONS10
WORKS CITED11

LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1: Projected Growth Rate for Environmental Engineers6
Figure 2: Environmental Study Areas around Berks7
Table 1: Tuition Comparison of Pennsylvania Universities offering Environmental Engineering8

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this report is to persuade Penn State board members to explore the idea of starting an environmental engineering bachelor’s degree program which can be started and completed at Penn State Berks. The benefits of this possible program have been analyzed and are explained in this report. Environmental engineering has an extremely high growth rate, and Penn State Berks is the ideal university for the degree. The world needs more environmental engineers, and Penn State Berks can lead the way in educating students to provide a more sustainable future by implementing an environmental engineering degree program.

INTRODUCTION

Purpose

The goal of this report is to persuade Penn State board members to explore the idea of starting an environmental engineering bachelor’s degree program which can be started and completed at Penn State Berks.

Background

People throughout the world are constantly seeking new and improved ways to provide life’s necessities. This mindset of progress has led to major technological advancements and an improved quality of life for many. However, the world we live in today and the resources it supplies cannot continue to sustain itself with added pollution from technology, human population growth, and other harmful practices which humans carry out daily. So, who will be there to solve existing environmental problems and prevent future problems from happening? Environmental engineers.

DISCUSSION

What Does an Environmental Engineer Do?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an environmental engineer uses engineering skills along with knowledge of soil science, biology, and chemistry to create solutions to environmental problems in today’s world. Much of this is focused towards problems involving recycling, public health, water and air pollution, and waste management (Occupational Outlook Handbook). People in this career field are in charge of cleaning up the messes that others have made to sustain a healthy living environment.

Water pollution, air pollution, overpopulation and climate change may be some of the top environmental problems of the world, but Dean Croshaw, a graduate student from the University of New Orleans sees a bigger crisis. He explains that apathy is the world’s biggest environmental problem, by stating that “A clear indicator of our foremost problem is that world leaders seldom acknowledge, let alone propose solutions to, environmental problems” (Gibbons). Environmental problems will not improve until the public shows interest in protecting the environment, and Penn State Berks can be on the forefront of these issues by starting an environmental engineering degree program.

Field Growth of Environmental Engineering

The main reason that Penn State Berks should consider starting a degree program in environmental engineering is the tremendous recent growth in the field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, environmental engineering has a projected growth rate of 22% through the year 2020 (Occupational Outlook Handbook). When compared to the overall growth rate for all occupations through 2020 (14%), this is a much faster than average growth...
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