The Science of Environmental Engineering is related to the restoration, protection and management of the environment, always aiming at sustainable development, i.e. to meet the needs for the continuous improvement of living standards of society, the implementation of the necessary industrial and technical projects and produce the required amounts of energy, ensuring the health and wellbeing of people and the balance of the ecosystem while maintaining the resources offered by our environment (air, water, soil, ecosystems).
The goal and mission of the Department of Environmental Engineering focuses on the following areas:
- The training of Scientists able to contribute to the measurement, monitoring, evaluation and treatment of problems caused by human activity, when it involves alterations and changes in the environment.
- The creation of an interdisciplinary research environment to develop innovative and efficient technologies which will address the current major environmental challenges.
- The provision of environmental services to society, the state and the relevant manufacturing industries with a view to sustainable development.
The students, using scientific processes and related teaching tools, learn to correct the mistakes of the past, to avoid creating or worsening of current environmental problems and to design development paths for a better future, with respect for people and the environment.
To meet these requirements, the curriculum is tailored to provide the student the education and ability to apply the principles of engineering along with basic science (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology), socio-economic sciences and humanities, ensuring excellent training for scientific, research and professional career.
Issues relating to environmental engineering include minimizing air pollution, the water supply, wastewater treatment, the establishment of an appropriate mechanism for the integrated management and disposal of waste generated by human activity, restoration and remediation of polluted or contaminated sites, protection radiation, public health, environmental law, engineering, energy conservation and the study of the effects of construction projects on the environment.