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Departments / Environmental Engineering Sciences / Distance Learning Via U.F. Edge

Online Masters Degree Programs

UFEDGEUF EDGE is the University of Florida Electronic Delivery of Graduate Engineering. UF EDGE, the distance learning provider at UF's College of Engineering, gives full-time working professionals around the world the opportunity to earn their Master of Science degree from one of the top-rated engineering schools in the nation.

Courses taught by full-time UF faculty are recorded in studio classrooms at the UF Gainesville campus. As a UF EDGE student, you can access these lectures anywhere, anytime - whatever is convenient for your schedule. Lectures are accessible for the entire semester, allowing you a chance to review a complex lesson or prepare for exams.

Since UF EDGE students undergo the exact same admission requirements and curriculum as the on-campus graduate student, our graduate degree will be from the University of Florida - there will be no mention of "distance education" on your diploma.

The Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences currently offers 4 Master's degrees entirely online.

  • EES Online Programs
    • 30-Hour Online Course-Work-Only Masters Degree With Specialization in Systems Ecology and Ecological Engineering
      Program Description
      The University of Florida (UF) offers Master of Science and Master of Engineering degrees with a specialization in systems ecology and ecological engineering. Admission is competitive and subject to the rules of the UF Graduate School. The curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive base in the fundamentals of systems ecology and ecological engineering. The program includes courses in: Ecological Engineering, Ecological Economics, Energy Analysis, Wetlands Studies, Ecological Modeling, and Estuarine Studies. The complete program is available online. It maintains the high academic standards of the University of Florida. For additional information on the program contact Dr. Mark T. Brown at (352)-392-2309, or mtb@ufledu.

      Admission
      Students having a bachelor's degree in science or engineering (also other specialties, upon approval) are eligible for enrollment providing they meet requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see www.ufl.edu/students/ for details). Admission requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all upper division undergraduate work. In addition, applicants must meet minimum UF/College of Engineering GRE requirements. In addition, applicants to EES are required to meet a higher threshold: a minimum combined score of 297 (1000 using old score scale) on the verbal and quantitative sections (minimum score of 153 verbal and 144 quantitative is preferred). For details on enrollment see below, and contact the academic office at 352-392-0842, gradinfo@essie.ufl.edu.

      Requirements
      Requirements for the degree are thirty credit hours of total course work that include 18 credit hours of required courses and 12 credit hours of electives as follows:

      Required Online Courses (18 credit hours, choose 6 from the list below)

      Semester Course Instructor
      Every Fall EES 6308c - Wetlands Ecology (3 cr) McLaughlin
      Fall even years EES 5305 - Ecological & General Systems (3 cr) Brown
      Spring odd years EES 5307 - Ecological Engineering (3 cr) Brown
      Fall odd years EES 6932 - Wetland Treatment Systems (3 cr) Knight
      Spring even years EES 5306 - Energy Analysis (3 cr) Brown
      Fall even years EES 6932 - Spring Systems (3 cr) Knight
      Fall odd years* EES 6051 - Advance Env. Planning and Design (3 cr) Brown

      * In off years courses will be offered "Pre-recorded".

      Elective Online Courses (choose four from the list below)

      Semester Course Instructor
      Spring ENV 6932- Environmental Institutions and Regulations (3 cr) Carriker
      Spring ENV 5075 - Environmental Policy (3 cr) Carriker
      Varies ENV 6932 - Advanced Environmental Resources Management (3 cr) Heaney
      Every Spring EES 6318 - Principles of Industrial Ecology (3 cr) Delfino
      Varies ENV 6932 - Stormwater Systems Design (3 cr) Sansalone
      Every Fall EES 5415 - Environmental Health (3 cr) Delfino
      Varies ENV 6511 - Biological Wastewater Treatment (3 cr) Koopman
      Varies EES 6007 - Advanced Energy and Environment (3 cr) Brown
      Varies EES 6932 - Adaptive Restoration Planning Brown
      Varies CGN 5605 - Public Works Planning (3 cr) Najafi
      Varies SWS 5246 - Water Resource Sustainability (3 cr) Jawitz

       
      Online Course Descriptions for the Master's Program in Systems Ecology and Ecological Engineering

      EES 5245 - Water Quality Analysis (3 cr) Applying the principles of analytical chemistry to determine the chemical composition of natural waters and wastewaters. Emphasizes methods used routinely to determine water and wastewater quality and to interpret data.

      EES 5305 - Ecological and General Systems (3 cr) Systems ecology, including examples, languages, theoretical formulations and models for design, synthesis and prediction of systems of man and nature.

      EES 5307 - Ecological Engineering (3 cr) Principles and practices in design and management of environment with society; systems concepts for organization of humanity, technology, and nature.

      EES 6932 - Wetland Treatment Systems (3 cr) Applied and theoretical aspects of wetland use for water quality improvement; natural and constructed treatment wetlands, ecological and engineering design of wetland systems for sustainability and ancillary  benefits.

      EES 5306 - Energy Analysis (3 cr) Energetics of systems of environments and economics; energy analysis of environmental systems, agroecosystems, regional and national economies; energy evaluation of public policy.

      EES 6932 - Spring Systems (3 cr) Occurrence and importance of Florida artisan springs, their flora and fauna; structure, function, organization,  and ecological significance; water quality issues, human uses, development threats.

      EES 6051 - Advanced Environmental Planning and Design (3 cr) Sustainable communities and regions. Quantitative methods for evaluation of environmental impacts and carrying capacity. Theories of spatial and temporal organization of systems of humanity and nature.

      ENV 6441 - Water Resources Planning and Management (3 cr) Principles and practice of water resources planning and management. Protocols employed at local, state, federal, regional and international levels. Plan formulation, evaluation, and implementation. Stakeholder involvement in planning processes. Analytical tools. Case studies. Offered spring semester 2007.

      ENV 6932 - The Global Environment Policies and Institutions (3 cr) A study of global environmental policies, laws, and institutions. Issues of coordinating environmental policies among international governing bodies, nations, and state and local governments. Links between global environmental policy and sustainable development. Offered summer and fall semester 2006 and spring semester 2007.

      ENV 6932 - Advanced Environmental Resources Management (3 cr) Theory and application of engineering economics and systems analysis to the design of environmental management systems. Systems analysis techniques include classical and evolutionary optimization techniques and risk analysis and risk optimization for engineering design. Offered fall semester 2007.

      EES 6318 - Principles of Industrial Ecology (3 cr) The linkage of industrial activity with environmental and social sciences. Corporate environmental management and environmental ethics. Resources, laws, and economics. Environmental accounting. Industrial product and process design and life-cycle assessments. Case studies of corporate environmental policies. Offered summer semester 2007.

      ENV 6932 - Stormwater Systems Design (3 cr) This course will develop the chemical, physical and hydrologic aspects of rainfall-runoff; and how these aspects relate to quantity/quality through unit operations and process (UOP) concepts for control, treatment and/or reuse. Offered fall semester 2006.

      EES 5415 - Environmental Health (3 cr) Effects of environmental pollution upon health. Methods of evaluation, treatment, and prevention of pollutants of health significance. Offered fall semester 2007.

      ENV 6511 - Biological Wastewater Treatment (3 cr) Theory and current research associated with biological treatment processes. Offered spring semester 2008.

      EES 6007 - Advanced Energy and Environment (3 cr) Energy basis for systems of humanity and nature, including principles of systems ecology, ecological economics, and public policy.

      CGN 5605 - Public Works Planning (3 cr) Functional approach to planning and implementation of public works needs with emphasis on role of the engineer.

      AEB 6933 - Natural Resource and Environmental Policy (3 cr) Prereq: Introductory economics course or consent of instructor. A study of the role of government in natural resource and environmental management. Discusses the rationale for government role. Includes historical perspective on the evolution of natural resource and environmental policies and programs. Surveys current public policies and programs at the state and federal government levels, and identifies institutions which address international and global and environmental issues. Considers the role of economist as policy analyst, providing information on likely consequences of policy options.

      SWS 5246 - Water Resource Sustainability (3 cr) Quantitative description of effects of human impacts on hydrologic ecosystems (aquifers, watersheds, coastal zones, lakes and wetlands). Case studies illustrate detrimental effects of unsustainable resource utilization and beneficial management strategies.

      LAW 6471 - Environmental Law (3 cr) Introduction to modern environmental regulation and its foundations, covering common law precursors to environmental law and a survey of major regulatory issues and techniques, focusing on the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, with examples drawn from other statutes such as the Clean Air Act. 

    • 30-Hour Online Course-Work-Only Masters Degree with Specialization in Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Engineering
      Program Description
      The Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Engineering program includes courses on biological and physicochemical processes for water, wastewater and stormwater treatment, industrial ecology, water resources management, and environmental health. A master's degree with this specialization can be earned by successfully completing 30 credits of online courses as described below. Credits earned on-campus may also be used in fulfilling graduation requirements.

      Required Courses

      Course
      Instructor
      ENV 6932 - Stormwater Systems Design (3 cr)
      Sansalone
      ENV 6932 - Advanced Water Treatment Process Design (3 cr)
      Chadik
      EES 5415 - Environmental Health (3 cr)
      Delfino
      ENV 6511 - Biological Wastewater Treatment (3 cr)
      Koopman


      Electives
      Choose six from the list below. Other courses may be accepted with approval of a program advisor.

      Course
      Instructor
      ENV 6441 - Water Resources Planning & Management (3)
      Viessman
      ENV 6556 - Advanced Wastewater Treatment Operations (3 cr)
      Koopman
      ENV 6932 - Global Environmental Policy (3 cr)
      Viessman
      ENV 6932 - Advanced Environmental Resources Management (3 cr)
      Heaney
      ENV 6932 - Activated Carbon: Environmental Design and Application (3 cr)
      Mazyck
      ENV 6932 - Advanced Physicochemical Processes in Soils (3 cr)
      Sansalone
      ENV 6932 - Stormwater Monitoring and Analytical Methods (3 cr)
      Sansalone
      ENV 6932 - Hydraulic Systems Design (3 cr)
      Zoltec
      ENV 6932 - Unit Operations and Processes of Wastewater Treatment (3 cr)

      Sansalone

      EES 5306 - Energy Analysis (3 cr)
      Brown
      EES 5307 - Ecological Engineering (3 cr)
      Brown
      EES 6007 - Advanced Energy and Environment (3 cr)
      Brown
      EES 6318 - Principles of Industrial Ecology (3 cr)

      Delfino

      CGN 5605 - Public Works Planning (3 cr)
      Najafi
      CGN 5606 - Public Works Management (3 cr)

      Najafi

      CGN 6905F - Engineering Project Management

      Ellis

      AEB 6933 - Natural Resources and Environmental Policy (3 cr)

      Carriker

      SWS 5246 - Water Resource Sustainability (3 cr)
      Jawitz

      Additional information about the program can be obtained from Dr. John Sansalone (jsansal@ufl.edu or Dr. Ben Koopman (bkoop@ufl.edu). General information about graduate programs in Environmental Engineering Sciences can be obtained from Dr. Paul Chadik (pchadik@ufl.edu).

      Criteria for Admission
      Students having a bachelor's degree in a science or engineering discipline are eligible for enrollment providing they meet requirements for admission to the Graduate School (www.ufl.edu/students) and satisfy the departmental foundation course guidelines for graduate study. Admission requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all upper division undergraduate work. In addition, applicants must meet minimum UF/College of Engineering GRE requirements. In addition, applicants to EES are required to meet a higher threshold: a minimum combined score of 297 (1000 using old score scale) on the verbal and quantitative sections (minimum score of 153 verbal and 144 quantitative is preferred). A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam may be substituted for the GRE requirement. Consideration for conditional admission includes criteria such as years of experience, professional status, and evidence of increasing responsibility. Weight is also given to relevant master's degrees earned at UF or other institutions. For details on enrollment see below, and contact the academic office at 352-392-0842, gradinfo@essie.ufl.edu.

      Descriptions of New Courses in the Program
      Descriptions are given below for new courses that do not yet appear in the graduate catalog. More information about any course in the program can be obtained by emailing the instructor.

      ENV 6932 - Activated Carbon (3 cr) Theory and application of manufacturing activated carbon, its use in water treatment/remediation (i.e., design of activated carbon systems), and thermal reactivation.

      ENV 6932 - Advanced Environmental Resources Management (3 cr) Theory and application of engineering economics and systems analysis to the design of environmental management systems. Systems analysis techniques include classical and evolutionary optimization techniques and risk analysis and risk optimization for engineering design.

      ENV 6932 - Advanced Physicochemical Processes in Soils (3 cr) The course will cover analysis of the effect of compositional and environmental factors on conduction, transport and diffusion phenomena, volume and phase change behavior, deformation, strength stress-strain-time behavior in soils; soil composition, mineralogy, soil-water electrolyte systems and identification of influencing variables.

      ENV 6932 - Advanced Water Treatment Process Design (3 cr) Prereq: CHM 2046, EES 4201 or 6208, ENV 4514C or consent of instructor. Design of water treatment processes including air stripping disinfection, activated carbon adsorption, ion exchange, membrane processes, and ozonation.

      ENV 6932 - The Global Environment Policies and Institutions (3 cr) A study of global environmental policies, laws, and institutions. Issues of coordinating environmental policies among international governing bodies, nations, and state and local governments. Links between global environmental policy and sustainable development.

      ENV 6932 - Hydraulic Systems Design (3cr) Hydraulic design of water distribution systems, wastewater collection and disposal systems, and water and wastewater treatment plants.

      ENV 6932 - Stormwater Monitoring and Analytical Methods (3cr) Urban interfaces generate interactions between the physical, chemical, biological, thermal and hydrologic processes of the water cycle. This course introduces and quantifies these coupled and dynamic interactions. The course examines requirements for representative monitoring, field sampling and analysis of water chemistry and particulate matter and the interaction between the solid, aqueous and gaseous phases at the urban interface. These interactions will primary focus on rainfall-runoff but also consider the role for "reuse" of runoff and wastewater within the urban water cycle. The topics of loads (TMDLs), temperature modification and toxicity will be introduced.

      ENV 6932 - Stormwater Systems Design (3 cr) This course will develop the chemical, physical and hydrologic aspects of rainfall-runoff; and how these aspects relate to quantity/quality through unit operations and process (UOP) concepts for control, treatment and/or reuse.

      ENV 6932 - Unit Operations and Processes of Wastewater Treatment (3cr) Understanding of the physical and chemical operations and processes commonly utilized in environmental engineering. This understanding is developed through a presentation of theoretical concepts and operational behavior for wastewater and stormwater treatment. Required for students whose educational or professional background does not include unit operation and process engineering.

      CGN 6905F - Engineering Project Management (3 cr) Engineering project management skills and procedures in support of engineering project development and management.

    • 30-Hour Online Course-Work-Only Masters Degree With Specialization in Water Resources Planning and Management

      Program Description
      The University of Florida (UF) offers Master of Science and Master of Engineering degrees with a specialization in water resources planning and management. Admission is competitive and subject to the rules of the UF Graduate School. The curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive base in the fundamentals of water resources planning and management. The program includes courses on: water resources planning, decision support systems, ecology, water resources infrastructure, economics, water flow, and quantitative methods. The complete program is available online. It maintains the high academic standards of the University of Florida. For additional information on the program contact Dr. James Heaney. at (352)-392-7344, or heaney@ufl.edu

      Admission
      Students having a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering (also other specialties, upon approval) are eligible for enrollment providing they meet requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see www.ufl.edu/students for details). Admission requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all upper division undergraduate work. In addition, applicants must meet minimum UF/College of Engineering GRE requirements. In addition, applicants to EES are required to meet a higher threshold: a minimum combined score of 297 (1000 using old score scale) on the verbal and quantitative sections (minimum score of 153 verbal and 144 quantitative is preferred). For details on enrollment see below, and contact the academic office at 352-392-0842, gradinfo@essie.ufl.edu.
      Requirements
      Students are required to take the four required courses and six elective courses from the list shown below. Additional information regarding these courses is available at the EDGE site (www.ufedge.ufl.edu).
       

      Four Required Online Courses

      #     Required Courses
      1 EES 6318-Principles of Industrial Ecology-3 cr
      2 EES 6051-Advanced Environmental Planning & Design (3 cr) , OR
      2 EES 6007-Advanced Energy and Environment (3 cr), OR
      2 ENV 6932R-Restoration Planning (3 cr)
      3 ENV 5075-Environmental Policy (3 cr)
      4 ENV 6441-Water Resources Planning and Management (3 cr)


      Six Elective Online Courses
      Choose from this list of 23 online courses:

      CGN 5115
      —Civil Engineering Feasibility Studies (3 cr)
      CGN 5605—Public Works Planning (3 cr)
      CGN 5606—Public Works Management (3 cr)
      CGN 6905F—Engineering Project Management
      EES 5305C—Ecological and General Systems (3 cr)
      EES 5306—Energy Analysis (3 cr)
      EES 5307—Ecological Engineering (3 cr)
      EGM 6341—Numerical Methods of Engineering Analysis (3 cr)
      EIN 6357—Advanced Engineering Economy (3 cr)
      EML 5311—Control Systems Theory (3 cr)
      ENV 5415—Environmental Health (3 cr)
      ENV 6556—Advanced Wastewater Treatment Operations (3 cr)
      ENV 6932D—Stormwater System Design (3 cr)
      ENV 6932—Hydraulic Systems Design (3 cr)
      ENV 6932K—Spring Ecosystems (3 cr)
      ENV 6932—Wetland Treatment Systems (3 cr)
      ENV 6932L—Advanced Environmental Hydrology (3 cr)
      ENV 6932Q—Green Engineering Design and Sustainability (3 cr)
      ENV 6932R—Restoration Planning (3 cr)
      ENV 6932—Environmental Institutions and Regulations (3 cr)
      ESI 5236—Reliability Engineering (3 cr)
      ESI 6314—Deterministic Methods in Oper. Res. (4 cr)
      ESI 6321—Applied Probability Methods in Engineering (3 cr)

      Online Course Descriptions for the Master’s Program in Water Resources Planning and Management

      ENV 5075 - Environmental Policy (3) Policy analysis, policymaking, and policy implementation. Analytical methods for evaluating alternative policies. Legal, social, political, and economic patterns and processes which shape the climate within which environmental policy is made.

      ENV 6441 - Water Resources Planning and Management (3) Principles and practice of water resources planning and management. Protocols employed at local, state, federal, regional and international levels. Plan formulation, evaluation, and implementation. Stakeholder involvement in planning processes. Analytical tools. Case studies.

      EES 6051 - Advanced Environmental Planning and Design (3) Sustainable communities and regions. Quantitative methods for evaluation of environmental impacts and carrying capacity. Theories of spatial and temporal organization of systems of humanity and nature.

      EES 5307 - Ecological Engineering (3) Principles and practices in design and management of environment with society; systems concepts for organization of organization of humanity, technology, and nature.

      AEB 6933 - Natural Resource and Environmental Policy (3) Prereq: Introductory economics course or consent of instructor. A study of the role of government in natural resource and environmental management. Discusses the rationale for government role. Includes historical perspective on the evolution of natural resource and environmental policies and programs. Surveys current public policies and programs at the state and federal government levels, and identifies institutions which address international and global and environmental issues. Considers the role of economist as policy analyst, providing information on likely consequences of policy options.

      ENV 6932 - The Global Environment ­ Policies and Institutions (3) A study of global environmental policies, laws, and institutions. Issues of coordinating environmental policies among international governing bodies, nations, and state and local governments. Links between global environmental policy and sustainable development.

      EES 6007 - Advanced Energy and Environment (3) Energy basis for systems of humanity and nature, including principles of systems ecology, ecological economics, and public policy.

      ENV 6905 - Capstone Plan (3) A water resources planning project having relevance to contemporary water management issues in a selected region is undertaken. The objective is to provide an opportunity for the student to apply the subject matter covered in the Water Resources Planning and Management Specialization to a practical planning assignment.

      CGN 5605 - Public Works Planning (3) Functional approach to planning and implementation of public works needs with emphasis on role of the engineer.

      CGN 5606 - Public Works Management (3) Nature of profession, duties, and administrative responsibilities. Organization and management of operating divisions with emphasis on the role of the engineer.

      CGN 5115 - Civil Engineering Feasibility Studies (3) Beginning with the basic principles of Engineering Economy, this course takes a student through the concepts of interest and equivalence through more complex analysis of project feasibility and life-cycle design using economic principles such as Rate of Return, Incremental Analysis, Depreciation, Inflation, Replacement Analysis, and others. Students completing this course should become proficient at using financial considerations in evaluating proposed projects as well as evaluating the impact of monetary considerations on current projects.

      SWS 5234 - Environmental Soil, Water, and Land Use (3) Suitability of soils for different uses; proper use of soil survey reports, topographic maps and related information; relationships between land uses and water behavior in soils and landscapes; water use and allocation.

      SWS 5720C - GIS in Land Resource management (3) Introduction to basic concepts and use of “Arc GIS” to address land resource management issues.

      SWS 5246 - Water Resource Sustainability (3) Quantitative description of effects of human impacts on hydrologic ecosystems (aquifers, watersheds, coastal zones, lakes and wetlands). Case studies illustrate detrimental effects of unsustainable resource utilization and beneficial management strategies.

      EES 6318 - Principles of Industrial Ecology (3) The linkage of industrial activity with environmental and social sciences. Corporate environmental management and environmental ethics. Resources, laws, and economics. Environmental accounting. Industrial product and process design and life-cycle assessments. Case studies of corporate environmental policies.

    • 30-Hour Online Course-Work-Only Masters Degree General

      Program Description
      Prospective students interested in a 30-hour general online masters degree [i.e. a course of study that does not have a specific concentration like the other three concentrations listed on our website], should apply to the Department following the application instructions given elsewhere (see URL below). At that time, the applicant should indicate that he/she is interested in the "general" online masters degree program rather than one that follows a specific concentration.

      The Department's Program Assistant who specializes in graduate admissions will be the point of contact for the admissions process, along with involvement of the Graduate Coordinator. During review of the applicant's credentials, a faculty member who will eventually be the student's online advisor will be consulted to evaluate the applicant's record and to determine his/her suitability for pursuing the "general" online masters program.

      The applicant should provide specific information in the "letter of intent" as to what his/her professional interests are and what type of career goals are intended at this time. The applicant should also indicate the types of courses that might be desired for this "general" degree and the faculty advisor will comment on the choices as part of the admissions process. The applicant can find lists of the online courses offered by the Department and other participating departments at the University of Florida under the descriptions of the three specific online masters degree concentrations listed on this website. In effect, the applicant, with his/her advisor, will pick and choose among the various online courses available that fit with the applicant's academic background, experience, and career goals.

      Applicants should keep in mind that all of the Department's masters degree are listed on the transcript and on the diploma as a major in "Environmental Engineering Sciences." The "concentrations" that we use to identify specific series of courses to be taken are used for advising and course selection purposes but the names of the concentrations do not appear on any official university records such as the transcript or diploma. The only official graduate degree major awarded by the Department is identified as "Environmental Engineering Sciences."

      In consultation with the assigned advisor, a Plan of Study for the general online 30 credit masters degree program will be developed based on the available online courses and this plan will guide the applicant's online studies. Changes can be made during the program should desired courses not be available when needed or should the applicant's career goals become modified. Applicants should also be aware that a majority of the courses that can be selected for the Plan of Study represent streaming videos of the actual classroom delivery of courses and that the online student is, in effect, viewing the classroom activity of an on campus course. While offered asynchronously [time delayed], online students can contact instructors by email or telephone to ask questions, etc. after the videos appear on the course website. Some courses might not follow this format, but a majority of those offered by the Environmental Engineering Sciences Department are delivered in this format.

      For details on enrollment see below, and contact the academic office at 352-392-0842, gradinfo@essie.ufl.edu
         

  • How to Apply
    1. Complete the Application Process found under the "Graduate" Admissions information.
    2. Apply or get more information through the UF EDGE Office: www.ufedge.ufl.edu
    3. Get information on the GRE: www.gre.org
University of Florida College of Engineering
Kirk Hatfield, Director
Engineering School of Sustainable
Infrastructure & Environment
P.O. Box 116580 | Gainesville, FL 32611
Telephone: (352) 392-9537, ext. 1400
Fax: (352) 392-3394
University of Florida

 

 

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