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Environmental and Hydraulic Engineering

Offered by

Sapienza Università di Roma

Fields of Study

Engineering Studies

Working Languages

Italian, English


Environmental and Hydraulic Engineering

Research Areas

The Ph.D. course in Environmental and Hydraulic Engineering is a part of the Ph.D. School of Civil Engineering and Architecture. The Ph.D. graduate in Environmental and Hydraulic Engineering may serve as a useful support to a number of local and national authorities for planning, design and decision-making in the field of environmental protection and reduction of environmental risks. The Ph.D. course consists of two curricula1) Environmental Engineering and 2) Hydraulics Engineering. The Ph.D. program activities are organized into two phases: -the first year is mainly devoted to acquire theoretical basis and knowledge of methodologies; -second and third year will be devoted to the specific research project Ph.D. thesis are based on numerical and/or experimental activity. In the former case, the tutor provides suitable computing resources. The experimental thesis can be carried out either in the Hydraulic Laboratory or in the Environmental Engineering Laboratory, both belonging to the Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering. The expertise formed by the Ph.D. in Environmental and Hydraulic Engineering, beside of being a fundamental figure for the Italian University institution, is also of key relevance to provide support to different Authorities, in either the planning activities or the management of the most critical situations and contexts. The formation acquired through the Doctorate program will allow to design interventions which guarantee a positive environmental balance and contribute to a real requalification of the human degraded environment. The Ph.D. differs from the other Doctorate programs of the environmental sector because moves from the pure research on the single phenomenon towards a quantitative approach of the complex environmental systems

The curriculum in Environmental Engineering aims at getting an improved understanding of environment-related phenomena and processes in order to provide a theoretical description to be used for the environmental impact assessment and the design of pollution remedial actions and interventions. The approach adopted involves the integration of knowledges and methods from multiple disciplines (geophysics, geotechnics, hydraulic works as well as sanitary and environmental engineering) to allow for a thorough understanding and appropriate analytical description of the environmental processes. Where the equilibrium of bio-geochemical cycles is not altered by anthropic processes, the main focus is preservation of environmental compartments. In the presence of alterations of the environment as a result of human activities, the main focus is to find appropriate remediation alternatives.

The research activities of the Ph.D. curriculum in Environmental and Hydraulic Engineering are within the topics described below: -Geotechnical issues in land preservation; -Stability of slopes, surface deformations of natural soils; -Forecast and management of floods; -Wastewater treatment and reuse; -Drinking water treatment; -Remediation of contaminated sites; -Chemical and mechanical characterization of waste materials; -Treatment and disposal of solid wastes; -Recovery, reuse and recycling of waste materials; -Atmospheric pollution control; -Water pollution control Hydraulic engineering in Rome has a long historical tradition. Main objectives of the research in this field have been: -design of aqueducts and sewage systems; -prediction of extreme events (e.g. related to Tevere River flood) -rational use of landscapes (drainage and reclamation). Theoretical and experimental findings in the last two centuries, have allowed to revisit design criteria and to apply fluid mechanics in several fields different from civil engineering. In this sense, hydrology, turbulence, wave propagation, dispersion processes and biological flows become among the most important topics in hydraulic research focused. Moreover, research has been devoted to develop new approaches based on the possibility offered by new technologies. This point is at the basis of the curriculum in Hydraulic Engineering.

PhD Full

Starting date:Nov 01, 2017
Duration:36 months

PhD Sandwich

Starting date: from Nov 01, 2017
Duration: from 3 to 12 months


Starting date: from Nov 01, 2017
Duration: from 3 to 12 months

Master research

Starting date: from Nov 01, 2017
Duration: from 3 to 6 months


Academic contact

Martina Vizzani

Institutional contact

Martina Vizzani