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.
The University of Maryland Council on the Environment has named Dr. Stephanie Lansing, an assistant professor in ENST, the recipient of the 2015 Junior Faculty Award. The Council presents the award annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments over the previous three to five years that have raised the profile and visibility of the university through significant contributions to environmental issues.
SoilDoc, a MOBILE soil testing kit, is developed by American researchers in light of falling soil fertility across the developing world. Lead researcher ENST professor Ray Weil says the kit combines wet testing chemicals and miniaturised commercial laboratory equipment to help field workers undertake accurate laboratory-grade tests.
The toilets that Dr. Stephanie Lansing is working on building in Haiti are connected to "biodigester" tanks where bacteria turn the waste into biogas that can be used similarly to natural gas and burned for fuel. This technology meets a dramatic need in Haiti, which has no centralized sewage, and roughly 20 percent of the population has no access to any form of sanitation.
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.