Sustainable Engineering is a cross-cutting discipline within the engineering profession.
As the earth’s population grows and standards of living rise, engineers are being called upon to play leadership roles in sustainable development and to find solutions to global challenges such as the depletion of natural resources, environmental degradation and damage to ecosystems.
Engineers are at the forefront of making decisions with long-term implications for the planet, and must balance the needs of today’s global population with those of generations to come.
One of the first of its kind in the country, Villanova University’s Sustainable Engineering master's degree program prepares students to use a whole-systems approach to problem-solving through a lifecycle lens.
Villanova also offers a certificate program, executive education and PhD concentration in the area of Sustainable Engineering, as well as a minor in Humanitarian Engineering.
The university also offers an undergraduate minor in Sustainability Studies.
In addition to its academic programs, Villanova is advancing two initiatives:
The Resilient Innovation through Sustainable Engineering (RISE) Forum: The nation’s first and only initiative to address issues of corporate sustainability and sustainable enterprise through the discipline of engineering, RISE serves as a vehicle for academic–industry collaboration.
The Villanova Sustainable Engineering for International Development Initiative: This initiative will equip a generation of engineers to meet the challenge set forth by the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which serve as a global compass for achieving human and economic development that is both environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive.
RESEARCH FOCUS AREAS
Students are encouraged to pursue research opportunities in the areas of:
- Alternate and Renewable Energy
- Environmental Sustainability
- Sustainable Infrastructure & Built Environment
- Sustainable International Development
- Sustainable Materials
- Water Resources Sustainability