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C. Andrew Ramsburg

Director & Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
andrew.ramsburg@tufts.edu

Prof. Ramsburg’s research combines fundamental and applied projects. Focus is placed on understanding and engineering chemical, biological, and physical processes occurring on multiple scales within porous media. His experimental investigations are designed to quantify solid-liquid and liquid-liquid equilibria, interphase mass transfer kinetics, biotic and abiotic reaction rates, and particle-particle (and droplet-droplet) interactions for accurate description of multiphase flow and transport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

Linda M. Abriola

Principal Investigator
Dean of Engineering & Professor in Depts of Civil & Env Eng and Chem & Bio Eng
linda.abriola@tufts.edu

Prof. Abriola’s primary research area is in the mathematical modeling of the transport and fate of contaminants in porous media. She developed the first mathematical model to appear in the hydrology literature that describes the interphase mass partitioning and migration of organic liquid contaminants in the subsurface. Current research is investigating abiotic and biotic transformations and their interaction with physical transport mechanisms.   

     
 

Kurt D. Pennell

Principal Investigator

Professor & Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

kurt.pennell@tufts.edu

 

Prof. Pennell's research interests focus on the fate and transport of environmental contaminants, including pathogens, nanomaterials, volatile organic contaminants, and non-aqueous phase liquids in porous media.  In addition, he is investigating the effects of chronic exposure to persistent environmental pollutants on human health, specifically oxidative stress and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease. 

     
 

Natalie L. Cápiro

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

natalie.capiro@tufts.edu

Prof. Cápiro’s research interests include environmental biotechnology and bioremediation applications, fate and transport of persistent organic groundwater contaminants, and development and testing of innovative in situ remediation technologies. Her experimental investigations combine assessment of physical, chemical and biological processes over scales ranging from batch/microcosm to pilot-scale for improved source zone treatment efficiency.

     
 

Yongang Wang

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

yonggang.wang@tufts.edu

Dr. Wang's research is concerned with the fate and transport of emerging contaminants in porous media. Specifically, he is investigating the fundamental processes governing nanoparticle transport and retention in aquifer materials.

     
 

Maria Elenius

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

maria.elenius@tufts.edu

Dr. Elenius research interests consern environmental applications to multiphase and miscible porous media flow and reactive transport. Her work focuses on numerical and analytical modeling approaches that can give new insights to the transport and remediation of non-aqueous phase liquids such as chlorinated solvents, and to the risk assessment related to geological storage of carbon dioxide.

     
 

Matt Becker
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
matthew.becker@tufts.edu

Matt's research attempts to better understand the fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles in subsurface systems. Matt is particularly interested in more effectively describing the effects that complex geochemical conditions have on the deposition and reentrainment of nanoparticles to and from the porous media surface. His work focuses on developing bench-scale mathematical models coupled with experimental results to better quantify, and later predict, nanoparticle mobility in the subsurface.

     
 

Ali Boroumand

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

ali.boroumand@tufts.edu

 

Ali’s research interests include investigating kinetic processes associated with the partitioning of solutes between liquid phases in the contaminated subsurface environment, with specific emphasis on how these processes may be used to characterize DNAPL source zones.    His work focuses on implementing kinetic partitioning process into numerical models for effective simulation of the relevant process.  Ali is trying to design an innovative field-scale tracer tests which can reveal more information about NAPL distribution than what is currently feasible using conventional tests

     
 

Anjuliee Mittelman

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

anjuliee.mittelman@tufts.edu

Anjuliee's research focuses on better understanding the fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles in the environment.  She is currently investigating silver nanoparticle transport behavior and dissolution kinetics in porous media through batch and 1-D column experiments.

     
 

Katie Muller

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

katie.muller@tufts.edu

Katie's research investigates controlled release and targeted delivery of remediation amendments. She is currently exploring the capacity, kinetics, and transport alkalinity release nanoparticles used alone or in conjuction with oil in water emulsiions. She has also explored the transport of pharmaceuticals in the subsurface at environmentally relevant concentrations (ng/L).

     
 

Sandeep Sathyamoorthy

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

sandeep.sathyamoorthy@tufts.edu

Sandeep’s research aims to understand and predict the fate of microconstituents in engineered and natural environmental systems.  His research is motivated by the observed synergy between observed nutrient removal and microconstituent removal in wastewater treatment plants.  Specifically, his research combines laboratory experiments and mathematical modeling to describe pharmaceutical biodegradation in nitrification activated sludge systems. 

     
 

Amir Taghavy

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

amir.taghavy@tufts.edu

     
 

Tian Tang

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

tian.tang@tufts.edu

Tian is interested in using numerical methods to simulate multiphase flow and transport in porous media. Her past research employed stochastic methods, like Monte Carlo and Bayesian methods, to quantify the uncertainty related to groundwater numerical simulation.

     
 

Doug Walker

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

douglas.walker@tufts.edu

Doug is interested in the fate and transport of persistent organic contaminants within  the subsurface environment.  Specifically, he aims to quantify contaminant loading from low permeability zones and multicomponent DNAPLs in aquifer systems.  In addition he is interested in improving the selectivity and sensitivity of trace analytical measurements in complicated matrices.

     
 

Zach Donahue

Masters Student, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

zachary.donahue@tufts.edu

Zach's research interests involve the characterization of contaminants in saturated porous media. Specifically, he is refining application of induced polarization and electrical resistance tomography techniques to aid characterization of DNAPL source zones.

     
 

Tyler Marcet

Masters Student, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

tyler.marcet@tufts.edu

 

Tyler is interested in the fate and transport of organic contaminants in the subsurface and in situ methods of remediation. Specifically, he is researching secondary effects of remediation, such as aquifer clogging.

     
 

Emily Schick

BS EvE Student, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

emily.schick@tufts.edu

Emily is working with Prof. Pennell to investigate the characteristics of various nanoparticles in aqueous-oil phase systems. She is exploring the kinetic and equilibrium relationships between magnetic nanoparticples and their partitioning out of the aqueous phase and into an oil phase, with a future goal of Enhanced Oil Recovery applications.

   

 

   

 

   


 
Former Members (2005- present)
 
2012 Departures
Rhiannon Ervin (PhD EWRE), Geosyntec Consultants, Acton, Massachusetts
Yuan Li (MEng BioE), UC Berkeley
Xinyu Wang (MS EWRE), unknown
Eric Wilburn (BS EvE), US Peace Corps
 
 
2011 Departures
Jessica Englehart (MS EWRE), GEI Consultants, Woburn, Massachusetts
Olivia Leach (BS EvE), graduate student, Emory University
Katherine Merriam (MS EWRE), ENVIRON, Princeton, New Jersey
Kelly Smith (BS EvE), AECOM, Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Jordyn Wolfand (BS EvE), world travels
 
 
2010 Departures
Jenna Almquist (BS EvE), EBI Consulting, Burlington, Massachusetts
Mingjie Chen (res asst prof), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Tao Long (postdoc), Nanjing Institute of Environmental Science, China
Stephen Oyewale (MS EWRE), graduate student, University of Oklahoma
 
 
2009 Departures
Scott Douglas (MS EWRE), Geosyntec Consultants, Princeton, New Jersey
Lindsay Forys (BS ChBE), Boston Scientific, Boston, Massachusetts
Jessica Saad (BS EvE), Civil Engineering, London, United Kingdom
Christine Thornton (BS EvE), Peace Corps
Li Wang (PhD), Tetra Tech NUS, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
 
2008 Departures
Nicole Berge (postdoc), Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
Anne Haluska (BS EvE)
Yusong Li (postdoc), Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
 
2007 Departures
Jonathan Crocker (BS EvE), graduate student, University of North Carolina
Betty Li (PhD), Tetra Tech NUS, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Asami Tanimoto (ME ChBE), CDM, Cambridge, Massachusetts
 
2006 Departures
Maura Allaire (BS Geology), graduate student, University of North Carolina
Kimberly Bowman (BS EvE), ENVIRON, Princeton, New Jersey
Lisa Moretti (BS EvE), ERM, Sacramento, California
 
2005 Departures
John Christ (PhD), Associate Professor, US Air Force Academy, Colorado
Thomas Phelan (postdoc), Assistant Professor, US Air Force Academy, Colorado
Aksara Putthividhya (postdoc), Assistant Professor, Chulalongkorn Univ, Thailand
 

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