Dr. Jambeck in the classroom

The College of Engineering at the University of Georgia is a new kind of engineering school organized to capture the convergence of scientific and engineering disciplines. This innovative interdisciplinary approach to engineering increases opportunity for learning, research, and outreach at the confluence of disciplines. Academic programs emerging in this environment adopt an educational approach that gives engineering students broader learning experiences and prepares them for careers devoted to the integration of discoveries from multiple disciplines. The use-inspired research paradigm that emerges out of the collaboration between science and engineering leads to the development of products and services that are relevant to the needs of society, preparing students to be global leaders in science, technology, education, and sustainable development. Please follow the links to the right for more information about courses offered through the College of Engineering at UGA, see below for Dr. Jambeck’s classes.


Introduction to the urban system as a biological habitat, including concepts of engineered infrastructure, ecology, watersheds, water/air quality, solid waste, pollutant fate/transport, public health, human behavior, environmental policy, economics, and conservation. Sources of environmental pollution and the technologies for measuring and remediating the impact of environmental pollution will be considered.

Environmental Engineering Design Methodology: ENVE 2920

Development of students’ critical thinking skills integrated with value judgment, societal preferences, economic feasibility, and human/environmental ethics in development of environmental engineering design solutions that conform to the basic laws of natural and mathematical sciences. Students will engage in a systems-based methodology of problem-framing, question-development, and multiple solution derivation.


A study of how public policy is shaped by the energy and environmental issues of society since the mid-1900’s. Topics will include the advent of stronger environmental protection regulations in the later 1960’s and 1970’s due to increased public awareness and the ever-evolving energy policy starting with the initial energy shortages in the 1970’s and continuing on to the current energy policies which include energy supply, energy demand, and environmental concerns.