WILBERFORCE — Central State University’s Environmental Engineering Program has met or exceeded all standards for accreditation as confirmed by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).
The accreditation assures students and their families that the baccalaureate program meets the global standards for engineering programs and “that our graduates possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions to pursue graduate school and or full-time employment,’’ said Dr. Pedro L. Martinez, CSU Provost & VP for Academic Affairs.
“Additionally, accredited programs demonstrate to our stakeholders that their investment produces engineers prepared to play a crucial role in a technology-driven economy,” Martinez said.
The Environmental Engineering Program is part of the acclaimed International Center for Water Resources Management, which is in the College of Science and Engineering. The center, which has addressed both global and statewide water quality challenges, was the first of its kind in Ohio and among all Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Krishna Kumar Nedunuri, Chairperson of the Department of Water Resources Management and Director of the International Center for Water Resources Management (ICWRM), said CSU’s environmental engineering program is unique in part due to a strong curriculum in water resources, which it shares with one of the university’s flagship programs, Water Resources Management. The program is also unique in offering courses such as water and environmental law, advances in GIS applications, and geophysics.
“Environmental engineers develop solutions to environmental problems such as water contamination, air and noise pollution, and land degradation to sustain public health and enhance the wellness of society,’’ Nedunuri said. “The new frontiers for future engineers will be harnessing sustainable energies and designing landscapes and infrastructure that are resilient to impacts from climate change.”