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Pollution Engineering
Copyright (c) 2001 ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights reserved.
Copyright Business News Publishing Company Jul 2001

Sunday, July 1, 2001

Volume 33, Issue 6; ISSN: 0032-3640

Multitalented environmental engineering graduates in high demand
Rebecca Chambers Vick

Since 1999, Detroit-based General Motors Corp. has been heading to Michigan Technological University (MTU) in Houghton, Mich., each fall to recruit students from MTU's Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. Like many manufacturers, General Motors goes to great lengths to secure good people because it understands that diversified
engineering talent in the pollution control profession is in high
demand. With diverse engineering talent in short supply, it is no
wonder that General Motors has focused its recruiting efforts on the
country's top-ranked engineering schools, such as MTU. Through the
university's Cooperative Education Program, MTU's Department of Civil
& Environmental Engineering offers a broadbased curriculum in which
learning and application go hand-in-hand as students and faculty work
in a team environment on problems of significance to industry. Another
indication of strong future demand for well-trained environmental
engineers can be found in the growing market for the design,
construction and operation of water and wastewater treatment plants
and the management of watersheds. According to the Water
Infrastructure Network, over the next 20 years substantial capital
requirements will be necessary to assure clean and safe water. In
turn, it is environmental engineers who will be in charge of ensuring
that the nation's water infrastructure is adequate, well designed and
well maintained.

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