The purpose of the institution is to conduct research, to provide under-graduate and graduate educational programs in modern engineering fields as well as to develop links with the Greek industry. The Department of Environmental Engineering is the youngest depart-ment of the Technical University of Crete. It started its activities in the fall of 1997. It is located in a new building equipped with modern laboratory facilities at the University campus. The Department currently has 13 faculty members of high international reputation, comming from abroad with careers in Euro-pean and North American Universities.
The Department of Environmental Engineering was established in TUC (P.D. 232/1995, G.G. 134 / 22-6-1995/t.A’) and admitted its first students during the Academic Year 1997-1998. In May 2013, the Department is turned into School of Environmental Engineering (GG 119/28-5-2013/t. Α')
In the last 16 years, the School has awarded 451 Diplomas in Environmental Engineering, 357 Masters Degrees (M.Sc.) and 40 Doctoral diplomas (PhD).
Today, the Environmental Engineer is called to undertake a leading role in the restoration, protection and management of the environment bearing in mind the ultimate aim of sustainable development.
The aim of the School of Environmental Engineering is to provide advanced, high-quality education and research means concerning environmental engineering issues, as well as to prepare qualified engineers capable of contributing to the measurement, monitoring, assessment, and treatment of problems arisen due to human intervention in the environment.
The Mission of the School of Environmental Engineering is:
- To provide courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level,
- To conduct multi-disciplined research on environmental issues,
- To provide environmental services to society and the scientific community.
Research at EnvEng
Research at EnvEng aims to develop innovative solutions to the environment’s most daunting challenges. From addressing waste management, the energy needs of tomorrow to the water resources and climate change, EnvEng’s research efforts are enhanced through creative collaborations with leading research institutes and Universities around the world. Compiled here are some of the ENVENG projects where cutting-edge research is taking place.
Research Field: Air Pollution
- Basic research on suspended particles dynamics. Applications to the atmosphere. Heterogeneous reactions on the surface of particles.
- Development and application of three-dimensional models of air pollution.
- Application of air quality models to study the dispersion and physico-chemical processes of atmospheric pollutants in the troposphere.
- Measurements of air pollutants and meteorological data in the atmosphere.
- Modeling processes and measurements of air pollutants indoors. Modelling the transport of air pollutants in the human body.
- Technology development for the biological treatment of gaseous waste.
- Mobile (automotive) and Stationary (industry) gas emissions control.
- Environmental catalysis; Development of (nano-) composite catalytic materials for the abatement of gas pollutants.
Research Field: Liquid and Solid Waste Management
- Water quality.
- Emphasis on the identification of organic micro-pollutants and by-products of disinfection.
- Water and wastewater treatment.
- Membrane bioreactors.
- Natural and decentralized waste management systems.
- Agro-industrial solid waste and sludge valorization.
- Solid waste characterization, management and treatment.
Research Field: Remediation Engineering
- Technology development for soil and solid waste (toxic and dangerous) bioremediation.
- Development of oil spill response.
- Development, analysis, design, process control and optimization of biochemical processes.
- Design and application of contaminated soils and groundwater remediation technologies.
Research Field: Water Resources and Coastal Engineering
- Geology and Hydrogeology.
- Coastal Engineering.
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
- Environmental Models
- Optimal water resources management
- Environmental applications of the above.
Research Field:Environmental Structures - Natural Disasters
- Natural disasters -Floods - Earthquakes.
- Soil mechanics.
- Foundations design and construction.
Research Field: Sustainable Energy and Climatic Change
- Renewable Energy Systems Management.
- Life Cycle Analysis.
- Energy efficiency in the built environment.
- Green buildings. Zero carbon emission buildings.
- Urban environment and climate change. Urban heat island and sustainable cities.
- Energy management systems. Buildings modeling control and optimization systems.
- Fuel Cells; Cogeneration of useful chemicals and electricity.
- Hydrogen Energy; Hydrogen Production.
- Natural gas and Biogas Valorization and Utilization.
- Design and development of novel electrochemical; reactors and processes.
Research Field: Environmental Sciences
- Micro-extraction innovative techniques for quantification of organic micro-pollutants in environmental samples.
- Environmental monitoring and fate of organic micro-pollutants in the environment.
- Detection, isolation and study of microorganisms.
- Microbial resistance against variable antibiotic agents, gene expression, resistance transport and evaluation of disinfection methods.
- Degradation of organic pollutants in aqueous phase (water and wastewater) using oxidizing chemical degradation methods such as UV radiation in the presence of H2O2 (UV/H2O2), Ozone (O3), homogeneous and heterogeneous photocatalysis and electrochemical oxidation.
- Green Chemistry and Technology with emphasis on the development and implementation of environmentally friendly processes.
- Contaminated sites characterization – exploration and evaluation of contamination.
- Remediation systems efficiency monitoring.
- Environmental Law and Environmental Goverance
- Banach Space Theory
- Stochastic Models of tumor growth
- Heterogeneous Catalysis and Catalyst Promotion.
- Surface, interface, structural and electronic properties of (nano-)composite materials.
Today the Environmental Engineer is called to undertake a leading role in the restoration, protection and management of the environment, aiming at the sustainable development of the country.
The mission of the Environmental Engineering School is to provide advanced, high-quality education and to prepare qualified engineering scientists capable of contributing in the measurement, monitoring, assessment, and treatment of problems caused by human intervention in the environment.
The provision of programs of studies in undergraduate and graduate level by the Technical University of Crete resulted in the creation of a unique, for the Greek standards, undergraduate and graduate center of environmental engineering, which is in constant communication/ cooperation with respective university centers and research institutes of N. America and the European Union. The programs of study provide scientific expertise in the following areas: design, construction and operation of treatment units for wastewater, air pollutant emissions, solid waste, agricultural industry and food industry waste, toxic and hazardous waste, air pollution management, surface and subsurface waters, measurement systems of air pollution, ground and water, and remediation of underground water, environmental impact and risk assessment studies, noise and radiation control, renewable energy sources, environmental friendly thermodynamic cycle studies.
Objectives of the Undergraduate Program
The objective of the Undergraduate Program of the School of Environmental Engineering is provide to future Professional Environmental Engineers advanced technical and communication skills, as well as knowledge on global environmental issues, in order that they assume leading positions in environmental management.
The educational objectives are:
- Offer courses related to the environmental engineering science, data analysis and system design.
- The development of basic skills: synthesis ability, integrated systems logic, experimentation and cooperation.
- To incorporate social, economic, and cultural issues in the educational program for the best resolution of problems.
Undergraduate studies' structure and duration
The academic year starts on the 1st September of each calendar year and ends the 31st of August of the next. The curriculum of each academic year is distributed in two semesters. The exact start and end dates of semesters and exam periods are determined by the Senate of the Technical University of Crete. Each semester includes at least 13 full weeks of teaching and 2 weeks for examinations.
Teaching methods of the School of Environmental Engineering follow the modern educational standards and include, depending on the course, amphitheatric teaching, seminar teaching, seminars to groups of students, laboratory exercises, training and tutorials. Amphitheatric teaching is open lectures on specific topics, which students should attend. Attendance is not mandatory. Additional educational processes take place in small, predefined groups of students, and attendance is mandatory. Laboratory exercises play an important role in the training of Environmental Engineers. Specialized laboratories provide consolidated knowledge and practice through planned experiments.
The courses are divided into two categories: (a) mandatory and (b) elective courses.
The first category includes core courses that provide fundamental knowledge to students and should all be successfully completed without exception. The second category includes a large number of specialized courses, by inviting each student to select and successfully complete a sufficient number to receive the diploma.
The sequential order of courses in semesters is indicative and not compulsory for the students except the sequence of prerequisite and dependent on prerequisite courses. This series is Standard Undergraduate Program Guide of the School of Environmental Engineering.
The undergraduate studies last for ten (10) semesters, including the diploma thesis project.
Requirements for the Diploma of Environmental Engineering
The conditions for obtaining the Diploma are:
Register at the School of Environmental Engineering and coursework for at least 10 semesters in order for students to be enrolled properly.
The required number of courses for a Diploma resulting from the corresponding curriculum during the relevant academic year of the registration of the student, taking into account the extra lessons arising from changes in Undergraduate Program Guide included in each existing transition.
The Diploma grade is extracted from the grades of all courses required for a Diploma, and the grade of Diploma thesis. The extent of the thesis holds at 20% of the total grade.
To calculate the Diploma grade, the grade of each course is multiplied by the weighting of the course. The sum of multiplications divided by the sum of weights of all classes shows the average courses grade. The Diploma grade is calculated from the average of the courses grades with weighting of 80% and the thesis grade weighting to 20%.