ERE's Top Ten Highlights

Why choose Cal Poly Humboldt's Environmental Resources Engineering undergrad program?

Below are our top ten highlights for the department!

#1: Job Prospects

Job Prospects for ERE graduates are excellent. Current Median Salaries at around $96,000 per year. The largest category of employment is engineering consulting, followed by state regulatory agencies and federal agencies. Many ERE graduates own their own consulting firms or are local, regional and even national managers of firms and agencies.

Installing Photo Voltaic RacksERE Students Install Photo Voltaic Racks on top of the Music Building. Funded by the student HEIF.
#2: One of the Oldest and Largest Programs

ERE is one of the oldest and Largest undergraduate Environmental Engineering programs in the United States, according to the American Society for Engineering Education. Our alumni work all over the world.

Students in Community ForestERE Students go into the Community Forest to water flow measure for Introduction to Environmental Engineering.
#3: ERE is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

 One of the largest ABET accredited environmental engineering programs, graduating between 5-10% of the nation's graduates each year. Graduates from accredited programs are able to continue their professional development to become licensed professional engineers (PEs).

ERE is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
#4: Students Earn Top Honors in Competitions

ERE students are awarded top honors in international competitions in Interdisciplinary Math Modeling and the American Society of Civil Engineers Mid Pacific Water Treatment Competition.

Comap Competition 2017 Winners
ERE students Yaad Rana, Marcela Jimenez, and Joshua Martinez received "Outstanding Winner" in the 2017 Comap Competition, and they were one of only two teams to win the Two Sigma Scholarship Award.
#5: ERE Students Have Access to a Variety of Facilities

ERE has direct faculty and student links to the world-famous Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Schatz Energy Research Center, and the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology.

Students Canoeing in the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife SanctuaryERE graduate students canoe through the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.
#6: ERE Students Have Access to Knowledgeable Faculty

ERE courses and laboratory sections required for the major are taught by ERE faculty members with environmental engineering backgrounds.

ERE Faculty
ERE Professor Margaret Lang teaches ERE student (Katy Gurin) how to survey a river cross section.

#7: Our Department has the highest proportion of women faculty in the country

ERE has one of the highest proportions of women engineering faculty in the country with 6 of 9 of our tenure track faculty being women. Our proportion of women students is 35%.

ERE Women FacultyDr. Vergara, Dr. Otero-Diaz, Dr. Boyle, Dr. Lang, Dr. Eschenbach, and Dr Cashman.
#8: ERE Graduates Go On to Complete Advanced Degrees

Nearly a third of ERE graduates go on to complete advanced degrees. Graduates have attended: Stanford University, UC Davis, UCLA, Cornell University, University of Washington, Utah State University, and others. Many ERE graduates have earned Ph.D. degrees and are now university professors.

Humboldt ERE GraduatesTwo of our recent ERE graduates who are now pursuing graduate degrees. (Left: Malia Gonzales. Right: Peter Duin.)
#9: ERE Offers Many Student Run Clubs to Join

ERE students are active in many different clubs: Environmental Resources Engineering Student Association (ERESA), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Renewable Energy Student Union (RESU) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Humboldt Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers ClubSociety of Hispanic Engineers Club.
#10: A Cooperative Spirit Between Faculty and Students

Humboldt and the ERE department are known for a cooperative spirit between faculty and students. ERE students study together, and many courses have team projects.

Rube Goldberg 2016ERE students work on teams for the Rube Goldberg Project for Introduction to Design class.

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