Geoengineers solve problems and design systems with, on, and in geological materials, while at the same time protecting the environment. For example, they learn how to evaluate a site on which a tunnel, dam, or road might be built. Geoengineers are involved with (a) geotechnical site investigation and characterization; (b) rock and soil slope stability analysis; (c) groundwater studies and engineering, natural and manmade hazard investigations, and (d) exploration and development of fossil fuel and mineral deposits. They interact with civil engineers to design foundations and retaining walls. Geoengineers prospect for minerals, building material resources, and drinking water. They carry out hazard and risk assessments and mapping for landslides, and they are responsible for environmental assessments or clean-up activities where pollution has occurred. They discover ways to protect the earth while still engineering systems needed for the well being of society.
The mission of the geoengineering program comprises three overlapping and mutually supportive components: • Prepare students to become productive engineers and contributing members of their professional community. • Prepare students for continual learning and professional development. • Prepare students for formal advanced education. The three objectives of our geoengineering program are that the graduates of the geoengineering program will: 1. practice technical proficiency and adaptability, and participate in life-long learning to meet the challenges facing the profession in civil engineering/geoengineering industries, government agencies, academia, or other careers; 2. exhibit strong communication, interpersonal, and management skills as leaders and team members in their profession; 3. realize their role as ethical professionals that protect and sustain human health, welfare, and the environment.
Minneapolis , United States