Spring Course Offering: Environmental Technologies and Human Health

ENGN 2920D, Spring Semester 2013, Tuesdays 4:00‐6:20 PM
Instructor: James Rice, [email protected], School of Engineering

Students with engineering, biology, or even environmental‐studies backgrounds are not necessarily fully equipped with the tools needed to conduct environmentally relevant work, party because the field is diverse and often requires coordination of various expertise. This course explores interdisciplinary approaches to environmental safety and health drawing from Brown University faculty and other affiliated experts. Emphasis will be placed on how scientific research impacts regulatory and engineering decisions regarding cleanup and management of contaminated sites.

Topics include:
• History of environmental regulation and waste management
• Origin and chemistry of pollutants
• Biological impacts of exposure and risk assessment
• Pollutant dispersion, transport and bioaccumulation
• Remediation technologies

Though there are no prerequisites for this course, the target audience is graduate students and advanced undergraduates (permission required) with prior coursework or research in engineering, biology, or environmental studies.