What is geosystems engineering?

Geosystems engineers and hydrogeologists are concerned with the development and use of engineering approaches in the management of water resources in addition to oil and gas, as well as environmental restoration of contamination sites and other processes related to the subsurface.

The interdisciplinary systems approach, combining engineering, geology, and geophysics, is increasingly required to address complex real-world problems such as characterization and remediation of aquifers.

Graduates of this program will:

  • Design and conduct experiments and engineering tests, as well as analyze and interpret geologic data
  • Create a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering and geological problems; understand professional and ethical responsibilities in the practice of engineering and hydrogeology, appreciate the impact of engineering and geological solutions in a global and societal context
  • Understand contemporary issues and the ways they affect the practice of engineering and hydrogeology
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools, including supercomputers, that are appropriate for sound engineering and geologic practice
  • Be employed with environmental, water resource management, and energy companies in addition to many government agencies.

For information on the geosystems research currently conducted in the department and how our faculty and students are changing the world, visit the research center of the department, CSEE.