By Peter Murphy
Published May 7, 2020
The Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering’s environmental engineering program is ranked 12 in the country according to GradReports’ methodology.
GradReports uses information from the U.S. Department of Education to rank colleges in terms of their graduates’ median starting salary, according to the organization’s website. The group also compares tuition and median debt at graduation for additional insight. Graduates of UB’s environmental engineering BS leave school with less debt than most colleges on the list.
“We have always known our educational programs provide good value to our students, and this ranking, based on objective data, is good confirmation,” says Joseph Atkinson, chair of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, “this ranking shows that an exceptional education doesn’t have to come with a lifetime of student loan debt.”
The Department has 11 environmental engineering faculty members specializing in a number of research areas spanning the discipline. Faculty members in the Department focus on sustainability, water and wastewater treatment, environmental hydraulics, air quality, groundwater engineering, and many other topics.
There are over 3,500 Department alumni practicing engineering around the world. Students now have several options to continue education at UB after the environmental engineering BS, including the Department’s MS and PhD programs in environmental and water resources engineering, and an engineering science MS focusing on engineering sustainability.