The University of Maryland is ranked 14th among Forbes’ Top Public Colleges and 15th among U.S. public institutions ranked as Best Global Schools by U.S. News & World Report. In 2022 ENST was featured as the 13th best Bachelor’s degree program in Environmental Science by bestvalueschools.org. Close proximity to both Washington D.C. and Beltsville, Maryland allow for a competitive advantage of partnerships with many federal and state agencies including the FDA, USDA-ARS, EPA, NIH, and Maryland Department of Agriculture. For more details, please visit the website of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology (www.enst.umd.edu), the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (www.agnr.umd.edu), and the University of Maryland (www.umd.edu) .
The Chair is responsible for all aspects of the Department operations including faculty, staff, student, budget, and facilities. The Chair represents the Department to all constituencies, both internal and external of the University of Maryland. The Chair reports directly to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as the leader of one of six academic departments in the College. The Department’s annual operating budget is approximately $12-16 million, two-thirds of which is derived from external competitive grant sources. It is a priority for the Chair to expand the portfolio of external grants and actively develop new sources of support for research and educational programs.