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James A. Smith is the Henry L. Kinnier Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia.  He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1983 and 1984, respectively.  He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University in 1992.  He has worked as a research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey from 1985 to 1992.  In 1992, he accepted his current position as a faculty member in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Virginia.  Mr. Smith has served as the UPS Foundation Visiting Professor of Environmental Engineering at Stanford University (1998-99) and as the William R. Kenan Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University (2004-05).  At the University of Virginia, he has been the recipient of the Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award (1997) and has held the Cavalier’s Distinguished Teaching Chair (2000-02).  He was selected to receive the AEESP/McGraw Hill Outstanding Teaching Award in 2002.  Mr. Smith is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is the founder of PureMadi, a not-for-profit organization working to solve global water and health problems by working at the interface of water, societal, and human health disciplines.  He is also a member of the Water and Health in Limpopo (WHIL) program in collaboration with the University of Venda in Thohoyandou, South Africa.  His research interests include sustainable point-of-use water treatment technologies for the developing world and their impact on human health, the disinfection properties of zero-valent nano-silver and nano-copper particles, organic vapor transport in the vadose zone, low-impact development (LID) teachnologies for stormwater runoff, the fate and transport of emerging environmental pollutants, the engineering properties of organoclays, phytoremediation, and bacterial chemotaxis in porous media.

Recent Publications

Mellor, J.E., Abebe, L.S., Ehdaie, B., Dillingham, R., and Smith, J.A., 2014, Modeling the sustainability of a ceramic water filter intervention: Water Research, v. 49, p. 286-299, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2013.11.035. 

Fauss, E.K., MacCuspie, R.I., Oyanedel-Craver, V. Smith, J.A., and Swami, N., 2014, Disinfection action of electrostatic versus steric-stabilized silver nanoparticles on E. coli under different water chemistries: Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2013.08.027, v. 113, p. 77-84

Su, Y.-H, Tsegaye, M., Varhue, W., Liao, K.-T, Abebe, L.S., Smith, J.A., Guerrant. R.L., and Swami, N.S., 2013, Quantitative dielectrophoretic tracking for characterization and separation of persistent subpopulations of Cryptosporidium parvum: Analyst, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C3AN01810E.

Ren, D., Colosi, L., and Smith, J.A., 2013, Evaluating the sustainability of ceramic filters for point-of-use drinking water treatment: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 47, no. 19, p. 11206-11213, dx.doi.org/10.1021/es4026084.

Ren, Dianjun, and Smith, J.A., 2013, Retention and transport of silver nanoparticles in a ceramic porous medium used for point-of-use water treatment: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 47, p. 3825-3832; DOI: 10.1021/es4000752.

Ren, Dianjun, and Smith, J.A., 2013, Proteinate-capped silver nanoparticle transport in water-saturated sand: Journal of Environmental Engineering, v. 139, no. 6, p. 781-787, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000684.

Mellor, J., Smith, J., Samie, A., and Dillingham, R., 2013, Coliform Sources and Mechanisms for Regrowth in Household Drinking Water in Limpopo, South Africa, Journal of Environmental Engineering: v. 139, no. 9., p. 1152-1161, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000722.

Abebe, L.S., Smith, J.A., Narkiweicz, S., Oyanedel-Craver, V., Conaway, M., A., Singo,  A., Samie, A., Mojapelo, P., Brant, J., and Dillingham, R., 2013, Ceramic water filters impregnated with silver nanoparticles as a point-of-use water-treatment intervention for HIV-positive individuals in Limpopo Province, South Africa: A pilot study of technological performance and human health benefits: Journal of Water and Health, doi:10.2166/wh.2013.185

Ottmar, K.J., Colosi, L.M., and Smith, J.A., 2013, Evaluation of a prediction model for influent pharmaceutical concentrations: Journal of Environmental Engineering: v. 139, no. 7, p. 1017-1021, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000701

Fitch, G.M., Smith, J.A., and Clarens, A.F., 2013, Environmental life cycle assessment of winter maintenance treatments for roadways: Journal of Transportation Engineering, v. 139, no. 2, p. 138-146.

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