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Sustainability Coursework

The following are courses in Engineering for Sustainability that have been or are currently being taught at Tufts School of Engineering.

For the most up-to-date listing of courses applicable to sustainability, please be sure to visit the Tufts University Course Listings page.

Sustainable Energy

CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AND POLICY ISSUES
CHBE0173
Chemical and Biological Engineering
(Cross-listed with Fletcher School) This course considers current issues in power generation, identifying the technologies used to meet Clean Air Act regulations by the electric utilities and automobile manufacturers. Topics include the electric utility deregulation, distributed power sources, new energy markets, fuel efficiency, and global effects of fossil fuel use. Alternative fuels and engines will be examined from the point of view of technology readiness and global market penetration to curb air pollution and decrease carbon emissions. The costs of energy technologies and the global impacts of present policies in the U. S. and abroad will be evaluated.

POWER GENERATION SYSTEMS
ME 0145
Mechanical Engineering
Design and engineering of electric power production systems. Thermal-mechanical principles of electrical energy conversion, cogeneration, and storage using fossil fuel, geothermal, hydroelectric, nuclear, ocean, solar thermal, and wind power sources. Direct generation using fuel cells and photovoltaics. Economic and environmental sustainability aspects.

Water and the Environment

RIVER HYDRAULICS AND RESTORATION
CE 0131
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The physical and mathematical basis for steady and unsteady flow processes in hydraulic engineering, with emphasis on fluvial systems. Numerical procedures for gradually varied steady flow and rapidly varied unsteady flow will be covered with applications to floodplain delineations, flood routing, dam safety, and river restoration. Other applications may include the design of hydraulic structures such as culverts, stilling basins, spillways, levees, weirs, fish ladders, and retention/detention ponds. With laboratory.

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING PROCESSES
CE 0132
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Study of the chemical, physical, and biological basis for the unit processes commonly used in environmental engineering. Processes representing applications in all environmental media are examined. Emphasis is on rational design of unit processes, with attention to fundamental principles and experimental methods. With laboratory.

BIOREMEDIATION: NATURAL AND ENHANCED
CE 0139
Civil and Environmental Engineering
(Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 139). Biodegradation of organic contaminants is evaluated in natural settings and in treatment processes. Aerobic and anaerobic pathways, their prediction and control are examined. Water, soil, and vapor phase transformations are evaluated. Subject areas include kinetics, equilbria, sorption, gas transfer, and transformation products. Process design for treatment plants and in-situ applications applied to case studies.

ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY
CE 0167
Civil and Environmental Engineering
(Cross-listed as Environmental Studies 167.) This course is designed to present the basic scientific principles of toxicology and the relationship of toxicology to health-based risk assessment and hazardous materials management. The toxic effects of hazardous substances on specific organ systems are described, as well as the mechanisms of action of some frequently encountered environmental contaminants. Specialized topics related to the field of toxicology are also discussed, including animal to human extrapolation of data, mutagenicity/carcinogenicity, and teratogenesis.

FATE AND TRANSPORT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS
CE 0172
Civil and Environmental Engineering
A study of the movement and distribution of contaminants in surface water, ground water, and soil. An in-depth study of fate and transport mechanisms. Transport modeling, measurement, and monitoring, as well as analytical methodologies for measuring environmental contaminants and quality assurance protocols.

CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES IN ENVIRONMENTAL & WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING
CE 0212
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Basic principles of water chemistry related to environmental and water resources engineering. Thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base reactions, alkalinity, complexation, precipitation, dissolution, sorption, and reduction-oxidation reactions. Quantitative problem solving. Fall.

TRANSPORT PRINCIPLES IN ENVIRONMENTAL & WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING
CE 0213
Civil and Environmental Engineering
An examination of transport phenomena in the natural or engineered environment. Topics include: momentum transport, energy transport, mass transport, interphase mass transfer, and environmental applications of ideal and non-ideal reactor models. Students will enhance their ability to apply a first principles approach for analysis of complex environmental systems. Fall.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER RESOURCE SYSTEMS
CE 0214
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mathematical models of water resource and environmental systems are presented in combination with optimization procedures, decision theory, and environmental applied statistics to generate an integrated approach to the planning, design, and management of complex water resources systems. Water resources systems applications are formulated as decision problems where an optimal solution is sought, yet cost, safety, environment, and technology appear as competing constraints. Applications include regional water quality management; siting treatment plants; reservoir system operations; and design, irrigation, flood control, and watershed planning.

TECHNOLOGICAL PROCESSES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
CHBE0170
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Survey of environmental problems arising from commonplace technologies, e.g., transportation, power generation, microelectronics processing, chemicals manufacturing. The course considers the introduction of chemicals into the environment and illustrates how to predict the fates of those chemicals in air-water-land-biota systems. Environmental and health consequences of products and the processes used for their manufacture are examined. Life Cycle Analysis methodologies are implemented in case studies. Development of technologies and policies for pollution prevention and a sustainable environment are discussed.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND SYSTEMS
EE 94-01
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Junior or senior level introductory course that addresses the technologies and implementation of sustainable energy sources and systems, including renewable energy processes that utilize solar, wind, wave, tidal, biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal, photovoltaic, hydrogen-cell, and thin-film technologies to produce energy in a sustainable manner.

Sustainable Infrastructure

FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS
CE 0105
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Finite element analysis of problems important in civil infrastructure engineering. Overview of direct stiffness method. Discretization of continuum to finite elements for approximate solution of complex engineering problems. Development of governing equations, stiffness, and load matrices for deformation and stress analysis. Work and energy theorems. Hands-on experience with computers, CAD, and practical applications to problems in structural and geotechnical engineering.

STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS AND EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING
CE 0106
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Fundamentals of vibration theory with applications important in civil infrastructure engineering. Free, forced, and transient vibration of one and two degrees of freedom systems, including damping and nonlinear behavior. Base excitation and seismic instrumentation. Duhamel's integral and time step integration. Multi-degree of freedom systems, modal analysis and seismic response spectra. Introduction to earthquake design for geotechnical and structural engineering.

ADVANCED STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
CE 0123
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The application of mechanics to the analysis of indeterminate structural forms important to civil and aeronautical engineering, with emphasis on modern structural types. The analysis of fundamental structural forms, including curved beams, arches, rings, thin-walled cell-type structures, and members with variable inertia, for stress and deflection by the classical methods. Influence lines for indeterminate structures. Introduction to matrix analysis and vibration of structures.

BRIDGE DESIGN AND REHABILITATION
CE 0129
Civil and Environmental Engineering
A practical introduction to bridge engineering, exploring the design, behavior, maintenance and rehabilitation of bridges. Bridge systems, loadings, superstructures, substructures, details, and inspections will be discussed. The theory behind development of certain provisions in AASHTO code will be reviewed, with the purpose of developing an understanding of the code and its related commentary, and the objective of preparing students to use the criteria not as a "black box." Approximate analysis methods will be discussed. Design of elements including steel and pre-stressed concrete beams, abutments, piers, joints, and bearings using AASHTO code (LRFD) will be covered.