Environmental Engineering: Solid Waste Treatment

Program Presentation

There is a clear correlation between the per capita income of a country and the waste that they produce. The "throwaway" model of Western industrial societies and post-industrial societies has yielded that in nations such as Spain where each inhabitant generates an average of 20 kg of waste per day.

The volume of waste being produced has become one of the most pressing environmental conservation issues.The problem resides in the collection and disposal of solid waste. Today, the solution to waste must focus on establishing channels that include proper treatment in order to preserve the natural environment and human habitat. This comes at a high cost.

From a practical perspective, the Environmental Engineering: Solid Waste Treatment program analyzes the factors that affect the rates of residue that is being produced and proposes sequential solutions that include reduction at the source, reusing and / or recycling techniques, treatment and, as a last recourse, discarding in controlled deposits.

Who is the programme for?

The Environmental Engineering: Solid Waste Treatment program is designed specifically to satisfy two different types of groups:

  • People without a degree who may want a quality education in this field for personal gain or experience.
  • University graduates who, in addition to their current education, would like a practical specialization in the treatment of solid waste to broaden they career opportunities.

Diploma

After successfully completing the program, the student will receive a degree granted by the University in which the student enrolled with the endorsement of Ibero-american University Foundation FUNIBER.

Program Structure

The estimated length of the Environmental Engineering: Solid Waste Treatment program is 200 hours (20 credits).

Regarding the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • This being a distance learning program, not subject to classes, there is no established initiation date, which is why the student can finish the enrollment process at any point, as long as there are open spots in the class.
  • Due to academic and learning reasons, the length of the program will have a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months. In this time the student has to have turned in all the evaluations corresponding to the program.

The credit structure of the Environmental Engineering: Solid Waste Treatment program is gathered in the following table:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
Subjects 20 6 200

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university granting the degree
b. Length in months

Objectives

General Objective:

  • To learn techniques for the treatment and assessment of industrial solid waste, through proposals of modifying behavior and establishing guidelines to minimize waste as the result of industrial activity.

Specific Objectives:

  • To justify the application of industrial waste recycling for use in construction.
  • To choose the most adequate management style for a determined USW, based on a sequential plan of action.
  • To conceive of a system for the elimination of waste that combines material and energy assessment techniques.
  • To describe the technique of vitrification and its applications in construction.
  • To contrast energy assessment techniques: incineration, pyrolysis and gasification.
  • To describe composting techniques according to different origins.
  • To describe the operation of a controlled dumping site of industrial or urban waste.
  • To become familiar with legislation regarding industrial waste.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of the Environmental Engineering: Solid Waste Treatment program are the following:

  • Working in a municipality as a technician/advisor in waste management.
  • Working in composting plants and transfer stations.
  • Management and control of dumping sites.
  • Consultant in the waste area.
  • Teaching.

Study Plan

The Environmental Engineering: Solid Waste Treatment program is composed of a topic made up of ten chapters including various annexes and practical case studies of the treatment of solid waste.

The course will allow the student to learn and understand, first, the theoretical, conceptual and historical principles involved in waste treatment and, second, their organizational, social and technological implementations.

The objective is to ensure that students acquire a global vision of waste management, through the related multidisciplinary topics.

The corresponding units that comprise the program are shown on the following table:

# CHAPTERS
1 Management of solid waste
2 Municipal Solid Wastes
3 Exhibit I: Management of leaching in dumping sites
4 Exhibit II: Degasification of dumping sites
5 Exhibit III: Exploitation of a dumping site
6 Industrial Waste
7 Exhibit IV: Disposition of the rejection of industrial wastes
8 Fabrication of construction material from waste
9 Vitrification: a technology for waste assessment
10 Assessment of chemical wastes
11 Case studies

Management

  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Director of the Environmental Area in the International Ibero-american University (UNINI)

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Ángel M. Álvarez Larena. Dr. in Geology. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Prof. of the University of Buenos Aires.
  • Dr. Óscar Arizpe Covarrubias. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. Isaac Azuz Adeath. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctor from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo Díaz. Prof. of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
  • Dr. Rubén Calderón Iglesias. Prof. of the European University Miguel de Cervantes
  • Dr. Leonor Calvo Galván. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Dr. Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the Research Institute in Agropecuarias, Chile
  • Dr. Alina Celi Frugoni. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Antoni Creus Solé. Dr. in Industrial Engineering
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Cubría García. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Raquel Domínguez Fernández. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Luís A. Dzul López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Xavier Elías Castells. Director of the By-product Exchange of Catalonia
  • Dr. Milena E. Gómez Yepes. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the University of the Quindio, Colombia
  • Dr. Ramón Guardino Ferré. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Emilio Hernández Chiva. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Spanish National Research Council, CSIC
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Francisco Hidalgo Trujillo. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez Arguelles. Prof. of the Autonomous Metropolitan University. Mexico
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Prof. of the National Polytechnic Institute (CIIEMAD-IPN)
  • Dr. Izel Márez López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Carlos A. Martín. Prof. of the National University of the Littoral, Argentina
  • Dr. Isabel Joaquina Niembro García. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the Monterrey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. César Ordóñez Pascua. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. José María Redondo Vega. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Gladys Rincón Polo. Prof. of the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela
  • Dr. José U. Rodríguez Barboza. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Ramón San Martín Páramo. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Raúl Sardinha. Prof. of the Piaget Institute, Portugal
  • Dr. Héctor Solano Lamphar. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Martha Velasco Becerra. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Prof. of the National University of Lanús, Argentina
  • Dr. Margarita González Benítez. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades Oliver.Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. (c) Pablo Eisendecher Bertín. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Ann Rodríguez. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Kilian Tutusaus Pifarré. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Karina Vilela. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Erik Simoes. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Ms. Omar Gallardo Gallardo. Prof. of the University of Santiago in Chile
  • Ms. Susana Guzmán Rodríguez. Prof. of the Central University of Ecuador
  • Ms. Icela Márquez Rojas. Prof. of the Technological University of Panama

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