The department of environmental engineering is considered as a pioneer since it is the first department to offer the bachelor degree environmental engineering in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It concentrates on application of fundamentals of sciences and engineering towards improvement of the environment (air, water and earth resources) for provision of potable and palatable water, clean air and useful land to be used by man and other living organisms and for treatment of polluted areas. Environmental engineering incorporates: water and air quality management, abatement of pollution, reuse and recycling, hazardous solid waste disposal, general health issues and knowledge of related law to environmental engineering. Environmental engineering also involves environmental impact assessment for proposed projects in building and industry. An environmental engineer is concerned with environmental behavior and hazardous solid waste management in form of studies to evaluate these hazards, offering advice in regards of treatment and enclosure and establishing systems to prevent accidents. Other concerns of the environmental engineer are: design of municipal and industrial water supply, wastewater treatment systems. This is in addition to his responsibilities all over the globe with environmental issues such as: effects of trans boundary pollutants, ozone layer depletion, water pollution, air pollution from vehicles and industrial sources.


Graduate distinguished engineers capable of developing sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, incorporating R&D and community services.


Create a distinguished program promoting excellence in environmental engineering education and research with effective community services.

Educational Objectives

The Environmental Engineering Program with its various constituents discussed in successive meetings the ABET requirements for the development of the Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) by focusing on the main elements of the university’s mission such as: creative knowledge, research and professional community services. All those elements are the key focus-points of PEOs of the program and those PEOs can help us to envision the future of our prospective and current students. After several departmental meetings, the department with help of its constituents had approved the PEOs.
The approved PEOs for our program are to:

  • Pursue careers in environmental engineering or other fields and seek professional licensure.
  • Seek advanced degrees or continue to engage in a life-long learning to adapt to evolving technologies and changing career opportunities.
  • Attain leadership roles to be advocate for their profession for the broader good of the community.

Student Outcomes

The Environmental Engineering Department met and discussed the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission “a”-to-“k” general criteria Student Outcomes (SOs) and the program criteria and came to the conclusion that ABET outcomes a-k along with program criteria sufficiently meet the program requirements.
The SOs along with program criteria constitute a predetermined set of competencies that students should demonstrate at the time of graduation. These competencies are accomplished through various courses taken by the students during the course of the program. However, performance measures would have to be specified for all SOs to make them measurable and relevant to the Environmental Engineering program. Before graduation, students of the IAU - Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University’s Environmental Engineering program will demonstrate:

     a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
     b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
     c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
     d. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
     e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
     f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
     g. An ability to communicate effectively;
     h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
     i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
     j. A knowledge of contemporary issues; and
     k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Meet the Chairman

Dr. Nawaf Blaisi received his Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering at Michigan Technological University in 2009. He completed his Master of Science in the same major at Michigan Technological University in 2011. The chairman continued his PhD study at University of Florida in Fall 2011 under supervision of Dr.Timothy Townsend in Environmental Engineering sciences in May 2016. Dr.Blaisi main research areas are solid waste management, environmental impact assessment and beneficial use of solid waste materials. He published numbers of scientific publications. Currently, Dr.Blaisi is assistant professor in the Environmental Engineering Department at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University.

Dr. Ibrahim Abdulrahman Aljamaan

Head of Department
Phone: +966-(03)-3331698
Fax: +966-(03)-8572872
Email: ce.eed@iau.edu.sa

Published on: 04 June 2014
Last update on: 24 October 2021