Syllabus: Fall 2015


Benoit Cushman-Roisin
327 Murdough ("MEM area")
Telephone: 1-603-646-9075

Teaching Assistants

Payal Kode (head TA), Suey Chen, Maithreya Kedambadi, Ryan Strain, Mariette van der Wegen, Pierre-François Wolfe

Course description

A survey of the sources, measurement techniques, and treatment technologies relating to environmental pollution resulting from human activities. The course is technology-focused but also touches on topics related to the implementation of technology in the real world such as public perception, policy and legislation, and choosing between technological alternatives. Topics include water pollution, air pollution, solid waste, fate and transport of pollutants in the environment, and pollution prevention. Consideration of each area includes general background and key concepts, detailed design examples, and case studies/current topics. The course includes guest lectures and three field trips, including a visit to the local wastewater treatment plant.

Web address

Textbook (recommended)

Environmental Engineering Science
by William W. Nazaroff and Lisa Alvarez-Cohen
John Wiley & Sons © 2001 (hardbound or paperback)

Course Objectives

Course Format

Office hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2 to 4pm.
327 Murdough (Professor's office)


Academic Honor Code

As always, students are expected to observe all aspects of the Academic Honor Principle. In this course, collaboration is allowed during homework preparation, although students have to turn in their individual answers. No collaboration whatsoever is allowed during the mid-term and final examinations. During those assignments, questions can only be directed to the instructor or the TAs.

Dartmouth College policy requires that any apparent violation of the Honor Code be reported to the Committee on Standards. The professor does not have another choice, regardless of how he/she may feel.

No use of personal electronics in class

Use of laptop computers, cell phones or other communication electronic devices is forbidden during class. This is to avoid distractions. Multi-tasking has been shown to be detrimental to learning. The only granted exception to this rule is to students with documented writing disabilities who need a computer for note taking.

Note on email communications

Email communications with the instructor are most welcome at any time as long as they deal with questions on the materials taught in class or absences from class. Students are asked to refrain from using email to set up appointments. To see the instructor, students are asked to drop by his office (any time is a good time as long as the professor is in!) or use the office hours listed above.

Note to students with disabilities

Students with any type of disability are encouraged to contact the instructor to discuss their needs and what accommodations are necessary. Such contact should be made at the beginning of the term or, in the case of a new condition, as soon as it occurs.


Week of Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
14 Sept. - - Environmental Engineering as a course, a field and
a profession
- Definitions
21 Sept. Mass balance
(part 1)
- Mass balance
(part 2)
- Environmental chemistry
(part 1)
28 Sept. Environmental chemistry
(part 2)
- Transport
- Issues in water quality
5 Oct. Water treatment: Overview Settling tanks Wastewater treatment plants
(part 1)
- No class
12 Oct. Wastewater treatment plants
(part 2)
- Wastewater treatment plants
(part 3)
- Anaerobic digestion
Energy considerations
19 Oct. Issues in air quality
Mid-term exam assigned
(at 1pm)
- Dust control:
- Electrostatic precipitators
Mid-term exam due
(at 5pm)
26 Oct. Wet scrubbers
(part 1)
Wet scrubbers
(part 2)
Wet scrubbers
(part 3)
- Risk assessment
2 Nov. Field trip 1 (*) - Field trip 2 (*) - Field trip 3 (*)
9 Nov. Industrial ecology
Green design
- Dr. Chris Polashenski
Global scalability
of energy systems
- Ulrike Wegst
& the environment
16 Nov. Life cycle
- - - Final exam assigned
(at 10am)
23 Nov. - - Final exam due
(at 5pm)
- -

(*) Students gathered in three groups (Groups 1, 2 & 3) take turn participating in three different field trips: Hanover water reclamation plant, Life-Sciences Center building on campus, and Dartmouth Organic Farm.