Environmental Engineering Dictionary of Technical Terms and Phrases: English to Portuguese and Portuguese to English

Francis J. Hopcroft and Sarah Tavares

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This reference manual provides a list of approximately 300 technical terms and phrases common to environmental and civil engineering which non-English speakers often find difficult to understand in English. The manual provides the terms and phrases in alphabetical order, followed by a concise English definition, then a translation of the term in Portuguese and, finally, an interpretation or translation of the term or phrase in Portuguese.

Following the Portuguese translations section, the columns are reversed and reordered alphabetically in Portuguese with the English term and translation following the Portuguese term or phrase. The objective is to provide a technical term reference manual for non- English speaking students and engineers who are familiar with Portuguese, but uncomfortable with English and to provide a similar reference for English speaking students and engineers working in an area of the world where the Portuguese language predominates.

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Francis J. Hopcroft

Francis Hopcroft

Francis J. Hopcroft has been teaching civil and environmental engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA, since January 1994. He has written several books on various topics such as hazardous waste management, wastewater treatment, and engineering economics. He served as the collection editor for the Environmental Engineering Collection at Momentum Press since 2013 and has published or reviewed dozens of professional papers, articles, and presentations.

Sarah Tavares

Sarah Tavares is a civil engineering student at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA, studying under Prof. Hopcroft. Ms. Tavares is a native of Cape Verde and grew up speaking the Portuguese language as her first language. She was hand-picked and selected by Prof. Hopcroft to assist with the Portuguese translations due to her exceptional engineering and language skills.