New publications

Dianjun Ren and Jon Mellor have both had recent manuscripts accepted for publication.  Here are the references:

Ren, Dianjun, and Smith, J.A., 2013, Proteinate-capped silver nanoparticle transport in water-saturated sand: Journal of Environmental Engineering, 

Mellor, J.E., Smith, J.A., Learmonth, G.P., Netshandama, V.O., and Dillingham, R.A., 2013, Modeling the complexities of water, hygiene, and health in Limpopo Province, South Africa: Environmental Science and Technology:

Dr. Fitch


Here is our most recent graduate, Mike Fitch, receiving his doctoral diploma from Dean Aylor at the SEAS commencement ceremony. Mike's research was highly successful, resulting the in following refereed journal publications:

Fitch, G.M., Bartelt-Hunt, S.L., and Smith, J.A., 2005, Characterization and environmental management of stormwater runoff from road salt storage facilities: Transportation Research Record : Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1911, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C., p. 125-132.

Oyanedel-Craver, V., Fitch, G.M., and Smith, J.A., 2008, Recycling of salt-contaminated storm-water runoff for brine production at VDOT road-salt storage facilities: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2055, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C., 99-105.

Fitch, G.M., Oyanedel-Craver, V., Bartelt-Hunt, S., Fuller, M., and Smith, J.A., 2009, Salt-water recycling for brine production at road-salt storage facilities: Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, v. 28, no. 4, p. 565-575.

Fitch, G.M., Smith, J.A., and Clarens, A.F., 2011, Environmental life cycle assessment of winter maintenance treatments for roadways: Journal of Transportation Engineering, in press.

Catching up on Student Fellowships

The students in my research group have had some remarkable success winning fellowships and awards over the past couple of years.  Here is a quick summary:

Jon Mellor: EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) 3-year Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Lydia Abebe: Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) 3-year Graduate Fellowship.

Carly Krause: Graduate Supplement from the U.S. National Science Foundation to study nano disinfection of waterborne pathogens.

Beeta Ehdaie: Two-year Infectious Disease Doctoral Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health

Dianjun Ren: Environmental Research and Education Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Congratulation to all on these prestigious awards!!

The MV Explorer and passengers


Summer Travels

Summer 2012 was filled with travel.  I participated in the 2012 Semester at Sea Short-Term Voyage where I taught CE 3100 Water for the World.  Port countries were Costa Rica (twice), Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Belize, and the USA.  Then, I traveled to South Africa to continue work on the development of our ceramic water filter factory in Limpopo Province.

James Smith 2012