Dr. James Levis

Dr. James Levis

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Phone: 919-515-7823
Instructor Website

CE 577 Engineering Principles of Solid Waste Management (Levis)

3 Credit Hours

Solid waste management including generation, storage, transportation, processing, land disposal and regulation. Processing alternatives including incineration and composting. Integration of policy alternatives with evaluation of engineering decisions. Investigation of current research. Credit is only allowed for one of CE 477 and CE 577.


Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (NC State CE 373)

Course Objectives

To provide the student with a working knowledge of all unit processes involved in solid waste management. At the completion of the course, the student is expected to be familiar with design, policy, and environmental considerations regarding alternatives for solid waste management.

Course Topics

  • Waste Characterization
  • Materials Recycling
  • Solid Waste Management Policy
  • Life-cycle Assessment
  • Collection
  • Transfer Stations
  • Material Recovery Facilities
  • Landfills
  • Waste-to-energy combustion
  • Composting
  • Anaerobic Digestion

Course Requirements

Homework — Assigned regularly ~35% of grade
Examinations – Midterm (~20%) and final (~30%) exams
Term project – (~15%)



Computer and Software Requirements

Please review minimum computer specifications recommended by NC State University and Engineering Online.


Access to word processing, spreadsheet, and plot preparation applications required.

Updated 11/08/2022