The Department of Environmental Science and Technology (ENST) is The Place for Ecological Discovery and Natural Solutions! Our primary mission is to educate students on the fundamentals of environmental science, while instilling a deep fascination and intellectual capacity to work in their chosen area of specialization, whether its Natural Resources Management, Ecological Design, Soil and Watershed Science or Environmental Health. When our students graduate, we want them to be top-notch environmental stewards with a broad framework from which they can advance professionally, personally and socially.
ENST faculty with expertise in soil science, ecology, and ecological engineering set the stage for unique, relevant, and attractive courses and an academic program that not only trains students to understand environmental systems and issues, but also gives them multidisciplinary quantitative design and analytical tools to address complex environmental problems.
We currently have 26 faculty and 15 staff. As of the end of 2012, we have approximately 210 undergraduate students and 55 graduate students…and we are growing each year.
Stephanie Lansing and collegues have conceptualized and are now testing a technology designed to address the challenge of improving sanitation in Haiti by using anaerobic digesters, which use microorganisms to break down organic matter in human waste and convert it into high-value fertilizer and biogas.
ENST graduate students didn’t come home empty-handed from the 2013 Soil Science Annual Meeting that took place earlier this month in Tampa, Florida. Instead, they returned with three awards from the international poster competitions.
Anita Alexander, ENST senior, is part of a group that is a finalist in the Wood Stove Decathlon competition, which challenges 14 finalists to build next-generation wood stoves that are low-emission, high-efficiency, innovative, and affordable.
Committed to offering exemplary teaching programs.
Conducting internationally renowned research.
Coordinating outstanding extension/outreach efforts.
Engaging individuals, groups, and communities to improve quality of life in Maryland and beyond.