Meghna Babbar-Sebens

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering 

Research Interests: Dr. Babbar-Sebens’ research interests lie in the area of Water Resources and Environmental Systems Analysis. Her research program develops and employs multiple hydroinformatics approaches (for example, computational environmental and socio-economic models, multi-objective optimization, interactive optimization, evolutionary computing, multi-agent models, Markov decision processes, neural networks, human-computer interaction, high performance computing, etc.)

Mark E. Dolan

Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Mark Dolan's research focuses on biological processes for the treatment of hazardous wastes, and on the fate and transport of organic contaminants in the environment. He specializes in aerobic and anaerobic microbial transformation of chlorinated solvents.

Erica Fischer

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Fischer’s research interests revolve around innovative approaches to improve the resilience and robustness of structural systems affected by natural and man-made hazards. This includes performance-based design approaches of structural systems to decrease the environmental impact of the built environment on the natural environment. Dr. Fischer’s focus is on steel and composite systems and connections. These research interests are implemented through both large-scale experimental testing and numerical modeling approaches. Dr. Fischer is a member of a number of committees including the ASCE/SEI Fire Protection Committee and ASCE/SEI Sustainability Committee. She has been a member of a number of post-earthquake reconnaissance team missions including Haiti (2010), Napa (2014), and Italy (2016).

Stacey Harper

Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering 

Research Interests: Novel approaches to predictive toxicology; assimilating and fusing information on nanomaterial-biological interactions to permit data mining, generate predictive knowledge and provide information to minimize toxicity; the relationships among currently disparate exposure, dose and toxicity data in animal systems (including humans). 

Burkan Isgor, P.E. (ON, Canada)

Professor, Civil Engineering 

Research Interests: Dr. Isgor’s research interests include materials science of cement and concrete, corrosion, electrochemistry, surface science, computational materials science, and non-destructive model-assisted testing of materials and structures.

Jack Istok, P.E. (OR)

Professor, Civil Engineering 

Research Interests: Dr. Istok is a groundwater hydrologist who specializes in bioremediation processes for chlorinated solvents, radionuclides, and explosives in contaminated aquifers. He conducts both large-scale laboratory experiments in physical aquifer models and pilot scale field experiments. He has developed the single-well, push-pull test and is the recognized expert in its application. 

Xue Jin

Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Jin's research is in the general area of the water-energy nexus. Specifically her research interests focus on: 1. Developing novel membrane processes and anti-fouling membrane materials for sustainable water supply (e.g., surface water filtration, brackish/seawater desalination); 2. Novel application of nanomaterials for advanced water treatment (e.g., disinfection, biofilm control); 3. Municipal and industrial wastewater treatment and beneficial reuse; 4. Clean technology and renewable energy (e.g., algae-based bioenergy, osmotic power, biogas); and 5. Colloidal and interfacial processes in aquatic systems. 

Devlin Montfort

Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Engineering education including conceptual understanding and personal epistemology.

Jeffrey A. Nason

Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Nason's research interests focus on physical and chemical processes for water treatment; aquatic chemistry; fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles. Recent investigations include studying the aggregation behavior of gold nanoparticles in aquatic matrices, development of traceable metal oxide nanoparticles, determining copper speciation in stormwater, wastewater, and surface water, and testing sustainable adsorbents like fish bone, compost and biochar for the removal of metals from stormwater.

Tala Navab-Daneshmand

Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Navab is an environmental engineer interested in the inactivation, growth and persistence of bacterial pathogens in the environment and treatment processes. She investigates these problems with microbiology, molecular biology, process engineering and statistics.

Tyler Radniecki

Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Molecular characterization of biological processes in engineered treatment systems, risk assessment of emerging contaminants and water and energy sustainability through the anaerobic treatment of wastewater. Current research projects include: characterizing the ecotoxicity of silver nanoparticles to nitrifying bacteria, and assessing the ability of bacteria to develop antibiotic resistance after chronic exposure to environmental concentrations of pharmaceuticals.

Lewis Semprini, PE (CA)

Distinguished Professor, Environmental Engineering 

Research Interests: Dr. Semprini's research focuses on biological processes for the treatment of hazardous wastes, and on the fate and transport of organic contaminants in the environment. He specializes in field, laboratory, and modeling studies in order to effectively apply the technology in the field. He also studies biofilms as they apply to wastewater treatment and the biological treatment of emerging contaminants.

Jason Weiss

Professor and Head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering

Research Interests: Behavior of cement and concrete at early-ages, early age shrinkage and cracking, shrinkage reducing admixtures and internal curing durability of reinforced concrete structures, fracture mechanics and damage localization, non-destructive testing and in situ sensing freeze-thaw performance and deicing salt degradation, service life modeling and simulation.

Dorthe Wildenschild

Professor, Environmental Engineering, and Associate Dean, COE

Research Interests: Dorthe Wildenschild is a professor of environmental engineering whose research focuses on flow and transport in porous media to help answer questions about subsurface water pollution and energy-related storage issues. Recent work includes optimization of geologic storage of anthropogenic CO2 in subsurface reservoirs; exploration of colloid-facilitated transport of contaminants in groundwater; and microbial enhanced oil recovery.

Brian D. Wood

Professor, Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Brian Wood specializes in transport phenomena at multiple scales. Upscaling using volume averaging or similar methods is a critical part of the research. His research integrates theory, numerical simulation, and experimental data. Systems that include a biological component has been a particular focus, and recent work has involved the multiscale modeling of tissues, including vascular tumors.