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Welcome to the Environmental Sustainability Lab

Over the past 40 years, the field of environmental engineering has evolved from a discipline focused primarily on "sanitary engineering" to one that brings a multidisciplinary approach to solve environmental problems in natural and engineered systems. This multidisciplinary approach is essential for addressing the growing need for sustainable approaches to using, managing and conserving natural resources. Water is a critical resource requiring sustainable management of both quantity and quality. One of the most critical threats to current and future clean water supplies, and the underlying research theme of this proposed project, is emerging contaminants, specifically engineered nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, and pathogens.

Goals:

  1. Acquire fundamental knowledge for enhanced mathematical modeling of engineered nanomaterial transport, distribution and persistence in multi-media environmental systems
  2. Understand the influence of wastewater treatment operations and reactive transport processes on the environmental fate of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in water reuse systems
  3. Develop real-time monitoring devices and modeling tools to assess the prevalence and fate of waterborne pathogens in urban areas
  4. Create and implement multi-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate student research training in environmental sustainability