Campus: CSU, Los Angeles -- August 10, 2000


New Environmental Engineering Program at Cal State L.A.

The School of Engineering and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles recently appointed Crist Khachikian, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, as the coordinator of the new Environmental Engineering Program at Cal State L.A.

Environmental Engineering Program classes will be offered beginning fall quarter 2000. Courses available to civil engineering majors who are juniors or seniors will include: "Introduction to Environmental Engineering," "Sewage and Water Treatment," "Technological Aspects of the Urban Environment," "Environment, Earth Systems and Technology," and "Groundwater Contamination and Remediation."

By teaching these cutting-edge courses, Khachikian hopes to encourage students to pursue environmental engineering careers. The courses offer students the chance to work on environmental engineering research projects and opportunities to conduct experiments in the University's new environmental engineering lab.

"I'm very excited about working with undergraduates in the labs. The experience will give them a stepping stone to their careers," he commented.

Environmental engineers identify and design solutions for environmental problems. They provide safe drinking water, treat and properly dispose of wastes, maintain air quality, control water pollution, and reclaim contaminated sites. They also monitor the quality of our environment, as well as develop new and improved ways to protect it.

Professor Khachikian has lived in Los Angeles for most of his life. He attended Hoover High School in Glendale and pursued his bachelor's and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering at UCLA. He earned his master's degree in civil and environmental engineering from MIT.

His environmental interests include groundwater contamination, mass transfer in the environment, advanced cleanup technologies, and environmental organic chemistry.

To find out more about the Cal State L.A. Environmental Engineering Program, call (323) 343-6002 or (323) 343-4450.


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