Department of Environmental Engineering
The Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy has a long standing tradition in the field of environmental engineering. Postgraduate studies were first organized in 1972, with the addition of undergraduate studies beginning in 1977, based within the independent Group for Environmental Protection. After the reform of higher education in 1988, these courses were transferred and then organized by the Department of Chemical Engineering, as an optional package in the fourth year of study. Owing to an ever increasing demand for knowledge and competencies in pollution control and environmental improvement, in 1993 the Group for Environmental Protection was re-formed to assist in addressing this requirement. Finally, with an aim to consolidate even further, the Department of Environmental Engineering was established in 2001 and currently has five permanent and two associate members.
The Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy is now an accredited institution of higher education equipped with specialization for the teaching of Environmental Engineering studies, at the undergraduate, master and doctoral level. Studies in this program are aimed at supplying the necessary knowledge in monitoring the quality of the environment through specifically tailored courses that cover chemistry, analytical and instrumental methods, as well as data acquisition and applied information technology. In addition, through a series of courses students acquire knowledge in pollution control and reduction, by applying diversified technologies in the areas of air pollution control, water purification, waste water treatment and soil remediation. The Department organizes a large number of courses at all levels of study.
The members of the Department of Environmental Engineering have published a significant number of papers in international and domestic journals, and participated in numerous high profile congresses and seminars. The members’ primary fields of interest and activity are:
- Analytical methods in environmental engineering
- Principles of environmental protection and occupational health and safety
- Water treatment
- Treatment and disposal of waste water
- Control of atmospheric pollution
- Solid waste management
- Pollution and protection of soil
- Modelling and simulation of environmental impact
- Ecology and society.
Since 1977, more than 200 students have graduated in environmental engineering at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, and a significant number have gone on to complete Master and PhD studies. They are currently applying their acquired knowledge in companies, institutes and instituitions within Serbia and also in many other global locations such as the EU, US, Canada and Australia.