office: Buchanan Engineering Lab, rm. 129
Currently serving as the Past President of the Pacific NW Clean Water Association
875 Perimeter Dr.
Moscow, ID 83844-1022
607 Urquhart Drive
Moscow, ID 83844-1022
Environmental engineers study, plan, design, and
facilitate construction of infrastructure to:
Protect the environment from various human
Provide safe drinking water to the public;
Receive and process wastewater, generating
products that can be returned to the environment safely.
The University of Idaho Department of Civil Engineering maintains a strong Environmental
Engineering undergraduate and graduate curriculum, with complementary
The UI Civil Engineering curriculum prepares students to
work on a wide array of environmental engineering projects including but not
limited to water and wastewater treatment, surface water quality, site
remediation, ground water contamination cleanup, landfill infrastructure,
and wetlands/water quality improvement. Our students complete a rigorous
junior-level curriculum that includes fundamental of environmental
engineering (CE330), hydraulics (CE322), and hydrology (CE325). Students
specifically interested in emphasizing environmental engineering then can
take Design of Water and Wastewater Systems I and II (CE431/511 and
CE432/532), Water Quality Management (CE433), Engineering Hydrology (CE421),
Hydraulic Structures Analysis and Design (CE422); all these courses satisfy
our technical design requirements necessary to earn a CE degree. Most
important, at a professional level civil engineering graduates ultimately
lead in the design of environmental engineering systems.
With environmental engineering faculty who actively collaborate across disciplines both inside and outside the
UI, graduate students have access to a wide array of classes and research
infrastructure. Research is cutting edge and highly relevant in the
water-environment sector, with a particular emphasis on microbial processes
for resource recovery and wastewater-byproducts treatment.
Dr. Coats' graduate student cohort, past and present, have
conducted a wide range of exciting research, have published extensively in
peer-reviewed journals (see Publications link), and have presented their
research at an array of conferences. In particular, Dr. Coats' group
regularly contributes at the Pacific NW Clean Water Association annual
conference (pncwa.org). More
importantly, Dr. Coats' graduate students are well represented in the
water-environment sector, continuing to make professional contributions in
environmental engineering. Dr. Coats' students are highly sought after (often securing employment months prior to graduation);
graduates currently work at Brown and Caldwell, MWH Global, J-U-B Engineers, Mountain
Waterworks, CDM-Smith, Gray & Osborne, Esvelt Environmental Engineering,
Water Works Engineers, and Seattle Public Utilities.
In September 2015 four of Dr. Coats' graduate students
competed in the Student Design Competition at WEFTEC-Chicago, and
placed second overall, besting 8 other
university teams from around the U.S. and Canada.
As an environmental engineering professor, I have over 24 years of experience
in both academia and the private sector. Prior to joining UI I worked 13
years as a
consulting engineer, and I continue to be active in the applied side of my
profession. I have been a licensed
Professional Civil Engineer since 1995, and am currently licensed in Idaho,
Washington, and Oregon.