Environmental Engineering

The master’s and doctoral courses in the interdisciplinary Environmental Engineering area at COPPE/UFRJ offer a broad and up-to-date scientific view of the foundations and methods in the sustainable use of natural resources and environmental management. To this end, it provides an interdisciplinary approach when training its students, enabling them to integrate multidisciplinary teams and seek a transdisciplinary perspective for tackling emerging challenges in promoting sustainable development.

From an institutional point of view, the course has several lines of research with many different approaches according to its participating Program, as shown in the table below. As such, a student can adjust their course to a specific area of interest that best suits their needs. Its interaction with various Programs and Laboratories at COPPE promotes partnerships and cooperation with other units at our university that also work in this field.

Lines of Research

Lines of ResearchParticipating programs
Environmental AcousticsCivil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Coastal EnvironmentsCivil Engineering
Marine Engineering
Atmospheric Science in Engineering*Civil Engineering
Marine Engineering
Energy Planning
Environmental GeotechnicsCivil Engineering
Environmental Management in Production
Engineering:Quality, Health, and Safety
Production Engineering
Energy Planning
Computational Modeling in Environmental EngineeringCivil Engineering
Marine Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Environmental PlanningEnergy Planning
Environmental and Transportation Systems PlanningTechnology and Sustainability in Transportation
Water Resources Planning and ManagementCivil Engineering
Marine Engineering
Energy Planning
Technology for the Environmental Sanitation of Water ResourcesCivil Engineering
Marine Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Solid Waste Management, Treatment, and DisposalCivil Engineering
Energy Planning
* This line of research operates in collaboration with the Meteorology Department of the Institute of Geoscience/UFRJ. Representative: Prof. Hugo Abi Karam.

Participating programs

Participating programsRepresentatives
Civil Engineering (PEC)Prof. Cláudio Fernando Mahler
Mechanical Engineering (PEM)Prof. Renato Machado Cotta
Marine Engineering (PENO)Prof. Paulo Cesar Colonna Rosman
Production Engineering (PEP)Prof. Rogério Aragão Bastos do Valle
Chemical Engineering (PEQ)Prof. Marcia Dezotti
Energy Planning (PPE)Prof. Marco Aurélio dos Santos
Transport Engineering (PET)Prof. Marcio D’Agosto

Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Engineering Area: Prof. Marco Aurélio dos Santos – Energy Planning Program

Candidate Profile

All lines of research are suitable for candidates with a degree in exact sciences (engineering and related areas such as geology, oceanography, meteorology, etc.). Environmental Planning and Environmental Management in Production Engineering are areas that allow for a wider scope in the basic training of candidates, as long as they have the competence, work experience, or interest in working in an area related to planning. The line of research in Coastal Environments is especially suitable for environmental engineers, civil engineers specializing in water resources, oceanographers, and the like. Technology for the Environmental Sanitation of Water Resources is an especially suitable line of research for chemical engineers, civil engineers with training in hydraulics and sanitation, and other researchers in similar fields.