Higher Education

Introduction to Environmental Engineering - SI Version, 3rd Edition

  • P. Aarne Vesilind Bucknell University
  • Susan M. Morgan Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Lauren G. Heine
  • ISBN-10: 049529585X  |  ISBN-13: 9780495295853
  • 592 Pages
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $183.75
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This text presents a balanced treatment of environmental engineering by combining engineering concepts with the importance of environmental ethics. This third edition highlights sustainable development and emphasizes the need for engineers to become even more environmentally responsible during this time of increasing awareness of environmental concerns. The authors challenge students with problems that require not only a technical solution but a thorough consideration of its ethical ramifications. The text also provides comprehensive exposure to all types of environmental problems, including ecosystem dynamics, wastewater treatment, and air pollution control.

Features and Benefits

  • Incorporates ethical decision making into the discussions and problem sets.
  • Uses material balances to unify the coverage of all types of environmental problems, including ecosystem dynamics, wastewater treatment, and air pollution control.
  • Introduces in Chapter 2 the various tools engineers use in making decisions, including technology, benefit/cost, risk, and ethics.
  • Begins the Applications coverage with the quest for clean water. Students learn when water is "clean enough" and how to measure water quality characteristics.
  • Covers all the major “pollution areas”
  • Emphasizes the concepts of pollution prevention and life cycle analysis in the chapter on the collection and disposal of municipal solid waste.
  • Provides case studies that center on technical as well as ethical problems, offering ideal opportunities for instructors to relate their own experiences.

Table of Contents

Part One - Environmental Engineering
1 - Identifying and Solving Environmental Problems
What is Environmental Engineering / The Holy Cross College Hepatitis Outbreak / The Disposal of Wastewater Sludge / The Donora Episode / Jersey City Chromium / The Discovery of Biological Wastewater Treatment / The Garbage Barge / Sustainability and Cradle-to-Cradle Design / End Notes

Part Two - Fundamentals
2 - Engineering Decisions
Decisions Based on Technical Analyses / Decisions Based on Cost-Effectiveness Analyses / Decisions Based on Benefit/Cost Analyses / Decisions Based on Risk Analyses / Decisions Based on Alternatives Assessment / Decisions Based on Environmental Impact Analyses / Decisions Based on Ethical Analyses / Continuity in Engineering Decisions / Problems / End Notes

3 - Engineering Calculations
Engineering Dimensions and Units / Approximations in Engineering Calculations / Information Analysis / Problems / End Notes

4 - Material Balances and Separations
Material Balances with a Single Material / Material Balances with Multiple Materials / Material Balances with Reactors / Problems / End Notes

5 - Reactions
Zero-Order Reactions / First-Order Reactions / Second-Order and Noninteger-Order Reactions / Half-Life and Doubling Time / Consecutive Reactions / Problems / End Notes

6 - Reactors
Mixing Model / Reactor Models / Problems

7 - Energy Flows and Balances
Units of Measure / Energy Balances and Conversion / Energy Sources and Availability / Problems

8 - Ecosystems
Energy and Material Flows in Ecosystems / Human Influence on Ecosystems / Problems / End Notes

Part Three - Applications
9 - Water Quality
Measures of Water Quality / Assessing Water Quality / Water Quality Standards / Problems / End Notes

10 - Water Supply and Treatment
The Hydrologic Cycle and Water Availability / Water Treatment / Distribution of Water / Problems / End Notes

11 - Wastewater Treatment
Wastewater / Preliminary and Primary Treatment / Secondary Treatment / Tertiary Treatment / Sludge Treatment and Disposal / Selection of Treatment Strategies / Problems / End Notes

12 - Air Quality
Meteorology and Air Movement / Major Air Pollutants / Sources and Effects of Air Pollution / Air Quality Standards / Problems / End Notes

13 - Air Quality Control
Treatment of Emissions / Dispersion of Air Pollutants / Control of Moving Sources / Problems / End Notes

14 - Solid Waste
Collection of Refuse / Generation of Refuse / Reuse and Recycling of Materials from Refuse / Combustion of Refuse / Ultimate Disposal of Refuse: Sanitary Landfills / Reducing the Generation of Refuse: Source Reduction / Integrated Solid Waste Management / Problems / End Notes

15 - Hazardous Waste
Defining Hazardous Waste / Hazardous Waste Management / Radioactive Waste Management / Sustainable Materials Management / Hazardous Waste Management and Future Generations / Problems / End Notes

16 - Noise Pollution
Sound / Measurement of Sound / Effect of Noise on Human Health / Noise Abatement / Noise Control / Problems / End Notes

17 - Ethics of Green Engineering
Green Engineering / Motivations for Practicing Green Engineering / Conclusions / End Notes

What's New

  • Brand new chapter examining sustainable development
  • “Focus on..” boxes highlight current issues, case studies, and historic events
  • More photos and illustrations

Meet the Author

Author Bio

P. Aarne Vesilind

P. Aarne Vesilind received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina. He spent a post-doctoral year with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research in Oslo and a year as a research engineer with Bird Machine Company. He joined the faculty of Duke University in 1970 where he served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In 1999, he was appointed to the R. L. Rooke Chair of the Historical and Societal Context of Engineering at Bucknell University. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 2006.

Susan M. Morgan

Morgan received her B.S. in civil engineering from Southern Illinois Universiy Carbondale. A recipient of a National Science Foundation Fellowship, she earned her Ph.D in environmental engineering from Clemson University. She joined the faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1996. From 199-2007 she served as the Graduate Program Director for the Department. Currently she is a tenured professor and Department Chair. She is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois. Dr. Morgan has been active on the Environmental Technical Committee of the St. Louis Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and in the St. Clair Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. She has received multiple awards including the National Society of Professional Engineers' Youn Engineering of the Year Award in 2001. She is a member of several honor societies, including Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi, as well as other engineering organizations. She has conducted research in a variety of areas. Currently her focus is on stormwater management, particularly through the use of green roofs.

Lauren G. Heine

Heine earned her doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University. She is one of America's leading experts in applying green chemistry, green engineering, and design for the environment for sustainable business practices. As Senior Science Advisor for Clean Production Action and as Principal for the Lauren Heine Group, she guides organizations seeking to integrate green chemistry and engineering into their product and process design and development activities - eliminating toxics and the concept of waste and moving toward economic, environmental and communict sustainability. Specific areas of expertise include the development of technical tools and strategies for identifying greener chemicals, materials, and products and facilitation of multi-stakeholder initiatives - particularly those that are technically based.