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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

C. Andrew Ramsburg

Associate Professor and Associate Chair

C. Andrew Ramsburg

Associate Professor and Associate Chair

Phone 617-627-3211
Anderson Hall, Room 204
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA, 02155
multiphase flow and transport in porous media, liquid-liquid and solid-liquid equilibria, sols and emulsions, surfactants and interfaces, mass transfer, biotransformation, emerging contaminants

Andrew Ramsburg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University.  He currently serves as Associate Department Chair, Director of the BSEvE Program, and member of the AS&E Executive Committee. Prof. Ramsburg began his undergraduate studies with two years of chemical engineering study at the University of Texas in Austin.  He went on to complete his education at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy.  Prof. Ramsburg joined the faculty at Tufts after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan.  Awards recognizing his research, teaching, and service are evidence of his broad contributions.  His research broadly focuses on environmental stewardship through studies aimed at understanding how the interplay of the physical, chemical, and biological processes influence contaminants in water and soil.  Research support includes federal, state and industrial sponsors.  With respect to teaching, Prof. Ramsburg has developed and delivered courses with target audiences ranging from first-term sophomores to professionals seeking to continuing education experiences.  Prof. Ramsburg maintains numerous professional affiliations and currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology

Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2002
M.S., Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech, 1999
B.ChE., Chemical Engineering, Georgia Tech, 1997
Professional Experience: 

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2018-present: Associate Department Chair
  • 2012-present: Associate Professor
  • 2006-2012: Assistant Professor
  • 2004-2006: Research Assistant Professor

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

Research Interests: 

Andrew Ramsburg’s research aims to improve environmental quality through understanding, modeling, and harnessing transport and reaction processes occurring in multiphase systems.  Often the overall goal in these projects is the development or improvement of technologies employed to characterize, manage, or treat organic contaminants in the environment.  Areas of application include emulsion transport and delivery in porous media, fate of emerging contaminants in biological treatment units, biotransformation and microorganism transport, and DNAPL source zone characterization and remediation.  Specific areas of expertise include multiphase flow and transport in porous media, liquid-liquid and solid-liquid equilibria, sols and emulsions, surfactants and interfaces, mass transfer, and biotransformations.  

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2014: AEESP Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science
  • 2013: Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
  • 2012: Professor of the Year, Tufts Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2012: Project of the Year Award (as a co-principal) SERDP Project ER-1612
  • 2007: Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Water Resources Research
  • 2006: Co-Investigator, Project of the Year Award, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program
  • 2003: Michigan Teaching Fellow, Center for Research on Teaching and Learning, University of Michigan
  • 2003: Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, Georgia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi
Selected Professional Activities: 
  • 2013-present: Editorial Board Member, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
  • 2011-2016: Associate Editor, Vadose Zone Journal, Soil Science Society of America
Professional Memberships: 
American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
International Society for Porous Media (InterPore)
International Water Association (IWA)
National Ground Water Association (NGWA)
Water Environment Federation

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