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Department of Environmental Systems Engineering

The Department of Environmental Systems Engineering

A department dedicated to “problem-solving methods” rather than “talking and escaping”, and producing internationally recognized engineering students.The Department of Environmental Systems Engineering

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Water, as an engineering subject, is very special. Water will be supplied until the last day history is recorded and this is the future of the Department of Environmental Systems Engineering. The Department of Environmental Systems Engineering of Sejong Campus has been tasked specifically with solving the problems of water environment in the water cycle by applying engineering methods. Education, experiment, practice and academic research are conducted in the following areas: environmental water resource research, advanced water treatment turning water to drinking water, advanced wastewater treatment, treatment and disposal of wastes and sludge, and practical solutions in the enormous water cycle covering soil and underground water pollution. All of these activities are aimed at discovering practical solutions for conserving the environment.

As the properties of contaminants become more diverse, our environment is threatened not only by typical contaminants, but also by toxic and hazardous substances and endocrine disrupters. Also, recycling and reuse of resources are the core technological requirements in Environmental Systems Engineering. In recent times, the demand for energy-efficient, compact, and hybrid technology is rapidly increasing, changing the direction of education and research. Hence, Environmental Systems Engineering is rapidly evolving as a complex convergence technology covering IT and BT, and the department concentrates on development of high-class human resources and researchers.

Major education and research areas of the Department of Environmental Systems Engineering include conservation and development of water resources, advanced treatment of wastewater, research into methods of disposal of byproducts (sludge) arising from water treatment, advanced treatment for drinking water and soil and underground water conservation. In the process, various related basic sciences will be required. Graduates from the Department of Environmental Systems Engineering work as engineers for large construction firms or environment-related professional consulting firms, or as environment-related public officials. They also work with public corporations and research agencies. Many graduates of undergraduate courses further their studies at graduate schools that provide master's or doctoral courses.

Required Student Skills and Qualities

1. Creative capability
Talented individuals who have the capability and creative thinking to lead the field of environmental construction.

2. Basic science capability
Talented individuals who demonstrate excellent scholastic performance in the field of mathematics and science (physics, chemistry, life science, earth science, etc), or have showed their talent and passion in the related field of environmental construction.

3. Global capability
Talented individuals who have the capability to lead the world and have showed a great talent and passion for foreign languages.

Education objective

• Teaching convergence knowledge on various engineering theories and technical plans needed in reducing damages or restoring water/environment pollution

• Teaching international trend as well as the understanding and analysis of global market in water industry

• Practical design training to maximize the ability apply major knowledge that the industry requires

Competence by major

• Convergence knowledge to present technical solution for water pollution issues

• International intelligence and competence to become a global leader in water industry

• Creative practical ability to become a practical professional that the industry requires


환경시스템공학과 교수진
Name Position Phone Number Email Field of Research Career
KIM, Young Professor 044-860-1454 kimyo@korea.ac.kr GROUNDWATER REMEDIATION

Oregon State University


Jaeyoung Yoon Professor 044-860-1455 jyyoon@korea.ac.kr Water Resources

University of California,
Davis Ph.D.

Jaewoo Lee Professor 044-860-1456 jaewoo@korea.ac.kr Wastewater Treatment and Materials/Energy Recovery

Seoul National University


Sung Pyo Kim Professor 044-860-1457 ub1905ub@korea.ac.kr Micropollutants & Ecohazard Smart Water Technology Development

State University of
New York at Buffalo


Hong, Yongsuk Associate
044-860-1458 yhong@korea.ac.kr Environmental Biotechnology and Nanotechnology

Lehigh University


Hong, Yongseok Associate
044-860-1459 yongseokhong@korea.ac.kr Aquatic Biogeochemistry

University of Texas at Austin Ph.D.

Kim, Youngjin Assistant
044-860-1452 kyuksh@korea.ac.kr Advanced water treatment

University of Technology Sydney Ph.D.

Career Paths after Graduation

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