In 1997, the educational
programs of Columbia University in mining and mineral engineering
were transformed to the present program in Earth and Environmental
Engineering (EEE). This program is concerned with the environmentally
sound extraction and processing of primary materials (minerals,
fuels, water), the remediation of land and water resources, and
the recycling or disposal of used materials. The Department offers
the programs of EEE Bachelor of Science,
the M.S. in Earth Resources Engineering,
the professional degrees of Engineer of Mines and Metallurgical
Engineer and the EEE doctorate degrees
(Ph.D., Eng.Sc.D.). The Department welcomes Combined
Plan students. An EEE Minor
is available to Columbia engineering students of all other engineering
disciplines who want to enrich their academic record by concentrating
their technical electives on Earth/environment subjects.
As illustrated on the above
the EEE program brings together Earth sciences, mining, materials,
and environmental engineering with industrial ecology to close the
loop from production, through use to disposal of materials and control
the adverse environmental effects of human activities on planet
Earth. There is close collaboration between EEE and the Departments
of Civil Engineering and Earth and Environmental Sciences including
several joint appointments.
Earth and Environmental Engineering at the Henry Krumb School of Mines fosters excellence in education and research for the development and application of science and technology to maximize the quality of life for all, through the sustainable use and responsible management of Earth’s resources.
EEE and the
Earth Engineering Center are the contributions of Columbias
School of Engineering
to the initiative of Columbia University to become a major educational
and research force in the global effort for sustainable development.
Other Columbia groups engaged in Earth systems studies are the
Institute , the
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory,
the Center for Environmental
Research and Conservation (CERC) and many others.
The Department of
Earth and Environmental Engineering combines the longstanding and
proud tradition of Columbia's School of Mines with forward-thinking
courses and programs, innovative research, and deep concern for