Teaching Interests

Fall 2017

ECI 140A – Environmental Analysis of Aqueous Systems: This course focuses on applying chemical and microbiological principles to aqueous systems in both the natural environment and in engineered infrastructure. The course will introduce wet chemical, microbial water quality and instrumental techniques commonly used in the examination of water and wastewater and associated data analysis. The course takes a learn-by-doing approach for both laboratory and field experiments. The focus in the lab section will be on conducting experiments relevant to water quality.

  • Lecture: 7:30 AM – 8:50 AM TuTh;  Bainer Hall 1060
  • Lab:  1:10 PM – 4:00 PM Tu or 9:00 AM – 11:50 AM Wed; Ghausi Hall 2101

ECI 289 – Synergies between Environmental Engineering and Water Policy: This course will provide practical experience and build skills in applying engineering solutions to environmental-policy problems. The course will also challenge the student to consider how to best account for real-world constraints—including political constraints, regulatory constraints, and constraints imposed by public understanding and opinion—in environmental engineering research. Particular emphasis will be placed on policy problems and research questions related to water quality, availability, treatment, and reuse. Special Note: Fall 2017 is the first offering of this course, which is designed to engage advanced engineering students in environmental policy through applied writing projects, literature review, and a policy proposal. The course will serve as a basis for evaluating future courses of this kind to engage Environmental Engineering students with the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, the Environment and the Economy.

Winter 2018

ECI 289A – Environmental Health Engineering: Human health and the environment are inextricably linked. This course focuses on identifying, evaluating, and addressing environmental factors that impact public health. Students will learn processes of hazard identification, exposure and dose-response assessments, and risk characterization to perform quantitative microbial risk assessments. Environmental exposures to and risks from harmful chemicals will also be addressed, though the primary focus is microbial risk assessment.

  • Lecture: 9:00 AM – 10:20 AM TuTh;  Olson Hall 227
  • Lab/Project: 1:10 PM – 4:00 PM Th; Ghausi Hall 2030
  • Contact Heather Bischel or Lauren Worrell for the CRN to register!
  • The class will be offered for 4 units.


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