Environmental Technologies Engineering
Environmental Technologies engineering is used today within technologies, engineering tools, and modern research, in order to care for the environment, for nature resources, and for processes connected to them and in essence, for our existence. The field enables a combination of career and contribution to our quality of life and existence while preserving water sources, preventing land and air pollution, and other resources and reducing other types of pollution, treatment of waste and spills, improving polluted manufacturing processes, and using clean and renewable energy.
The growing awareness of environmental issues by citizens, private companies, local authorities and governments, as well as the large resources allocated for it, present countless challenges within this important field, such as dealing with water and spills, desalination, air pollution and its prevention, proper use of energy, and others. Environmental technologies engineering studies train graduates to deal with these challenges through improving upon existing technologies and developing new ones.
The Environmental Technologies Engineer
The environmental technologies engineer is required to identify and find various engineering solutions in the field of environment while determining goals of treating environmental disasters, planning and developing technological solutions to problems of environmental pollution and developing monitoring systems. For an environmental technologies engineer, there is a variety of job opportunities within the private, public, and municipal sectors in Israel, including many start-ups in the environmental field and the industry which serves it, in the management and operations of various systems, and the possibility of integrating into the decision-making processes of corporations and companies, as well as focusing on research and advancing within an academic career toward advanced degrees.
Environmental Technologies program at Azrieli Academic College of Engineering Jerusalem
Decreasing the global water shortage has been determined by the UN in 2000 as one of the Millennium Development Goals. Nevertheless by 2016, more than 40% of the world’s population is still deprived of safe drinking water and wastewater disposal. In this context, Israel
has positioned itself over the last 50 years as a world leader in the research, development, and implementation of water and wastewater treatment technologies. For example, more than 85% of Israel’s wastewater is treated and reused for agriculture, and almost 50% of the country’s drinking water supply comes from seawater desalination.
These achievements could not have being realized without a long-term investment in higher education and academic research; with some of the world’s best water engineering programs situated in Israel (such as the Technion and Sde Boker Institutes for Desert research), where leading scientists conduct innovative studies and train highly qualified water treatment engineers. This has become the backbone of Israel’s water treatment industry.
Azrieli Academic College of Engineering Jerusalem has recently joined this unique group of institutes with water-related studies, launching a new Environmental Technologies program, within its department Advanced Materials Engineering.
The Environmental Technologies program, the first of its kind in Jerusalem, has several goals and missions:
The Water and Wastewater Technologies Laboratory
LABORATORY: At the heart of the Environmental Technologies program stands the Laboratory of Water and Wastewater Treatment. The lab’s principal goals are to (a) complement the theoretical studies of the program with practical experience, essential for environmental engineers and (b) enable high quality water research. The lab will be equipped with all the necessary equipment for a student lab, as well as with state-of-the-art research instrumentation, such as TOC (Total Organic Carbon) and IC (Ion Chromatograph) analyzers, and will be operated by professional staff.
PRACTICE: In the lab, the students will design, operate, and optimize for the first time common water and wastewater treatment techniques, such as coagulation/filtration, activated carbon sorption, disinfection methods, (chlorine, UV, and ozone) wastewater quality analysis, and more. The laboratory and its team will also support the students in their final projects, providing technical, analytical, and mentoring assistance. The expertise acquired by the students during lab work will promote their capabilities and position them at the forefront of Israel’s environmental engineers.
RESEARCH: The lab team will produce high quality research, conducting projects such as the monitoring of metal contamination throughout Jerusalem’s water distribution system, evaluation of nutrient recycling from urine, and more.
LEADERSHIP: The lab (and the entire program) is led by Dr. Yaal Lester, with degrees from the Technion, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as more than fifteen years of experience in the water research field.