Residency and Dissertation

Residency and Dissertation

After completing all coursework and successfully passing the written and oral qualifying exams upon completion of year two, students advance to doctoral candidacy and embark on their doctoral residency and dissertation.

In year three, students begin residencies at businesses, regulatory agencies, private consulting firms, environmental groups, non-profit organizations, government and non-government organizations. The residency provides practical experience in environmental analysis and management, as well as the opportunity to conduct dissertation research under the supervision of a UCLA doctoral committee.

Successful completion of the dissertation and residency results in the award of the Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering (D.Env.).


Recent Host Institutions for ESE Residents

Student Name Host Institution
Abraham, Sonali Pacific Institute
Alvarado, Erica Tetra Tech
Bear, Todd Ecokai Environmental Incorporated
Pankratz, Shannon U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles
Pham, Tuyet-Le South Coast Air Quality Management District
Sias, Glenn Southern California Edison
Taylor, Jennifer Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority
Toumari, Arman Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
Zhang, Li Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning

ESE Dissertation

An Environmental Science and Engineering dissertation must be scholarly and original work applied towards solving a significant environmental problem. As with Problems Courses, dissertations typically address policy as well as technical dimensions of a particular problem. The dissertation is usually completed in 18-36 months.

Recent Dissertations