Students

Current Doctoral Students




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Beeta Ehdaie - Beeta is following in the footsteps of Lydia Abebe by working on the Triple-Hoo thing.  That means three degrees from UVA (the Wahoos, or Hoos for short, get it?).  She has BS and ME degrees from UVA in Biomedical Engineering.  Beeta was a Rodman Scholar as an undergraduate student which means she is really smart.  She is working on developing a brand new point-of-use water treatment technology called the MadiDrop.  Her facebook page suggests she really likes food and her South African identity is “The Diva".

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Derek Henderson - Derek hails from Oklahoma State, where he earned both BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on environmental and water resources engineering.  Derek is studying low-impact development (LID) strategies as applied to linear transportation systems.  He's also a husband and father.  So, he can run an atomic absorption spectrometer and change a diaper, although not at the same time.


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Carly Krause - Okay, so Carly is yet another doctoral student working towards  Triple Hoo status.  She has a BA in Environmental Sciences and an ME in Civil and Environmental Engineering, both from UVA.  She is several years into her PhD.  She a great photographer, but she is really an expert in silver and copper nanoparticles and how they function to disinfect waterborne pathogens.  And she can even take pictures of the nanoparticlees using transmission electron microscopy, so she is putting her photography skills to good use.  She also knows something about miniature potbelly pigs.


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Katie Nunnelley - Katie is the newest member of our research group.  She is a Florida resident and is gradually working her way north after completing her BS degree in Polymer and Fiber Engineering at Auburn University.  Because of her undergraduate expertise, she may be involved in the development of metal-impregnated fibers/fabrics for point-of-use water filtration.  She learned all about UVA from Semester at Sea during the short-term voyage to Central and South America in 2012.  She has jumped right into the UVA culture and resides on the West Range.


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Dianjun Ren - Dianjun hails from China, where he received BS and MS degrees in Environmental Engineering.  He's another silver nanoparticle expert, but mainly in regard to nanoparticle transport through porous media, including aquifer material, ceramics, and geosynthetic clay liners.  He also has done work on the leaching of plasticizers from pipe-repair liners.  Dianjun has completed the experimental work for his dissertation and he is just working on journal papers and his dissertation.  Oh, and he already has a job.






Former Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Researchers


Dr. Lydia Abebe (co-advised with Dr. Rebecca Dillingham)

Research Associate, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

B.S. Systems and Information Engineering, University of Virginia

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2013

Dissertation Topic: Ceramic Water Filters for Point-of-Use Water Treatment: Water Quality and Human Health Effects


Matthew B. Arnold

B.A. Economics, Duke University 1991

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 1996

Thesis topic: Desorption of carbon tetrachloride from organobentonites


Dr. Jason P. Barbour

Associate Professor

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, MD

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 2002

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2006

Dissertation topic: Mechanistic considerations in the role of plant lipids in the uptake and volatilization of organic pollutants in soil and shallow ground water


Dr. Shannon Bartelt-Hunt

Associate Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

University of Nebraska

B.S. Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, 1998

M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 2000

Thesis topic: Effects of moisture content and porous-media heterogeneities on the diffusion of volatile organic pollutants in unsaturated-zone soil

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2004

Dissertation topic: Optimal design of earthen landfill liners containing sorptive amendments


Jennifer L. Buckels

Environmental Engineer

Malcolm Pirnie, Baltimore, MD

B.S. Chemistry, Mary Washington College, 2001

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2003

Thesis topic: Phytoremediation of 1,2-dichlorobenzene in ground water


Dr. Jee-Won Choi

Research Associate

Korea Institute of Science and Technology

B.S. Animal Science and Tech., Seoul National University, 1994

M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 1999

Thesis topic: Surfactant-enhanced desorption and biodegradation of trichloroethene in soil-water systems

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2004

Dissertation topic: Simulation of organic vapor transport in the unsaturated zone under natural conditions


Dr. Vinka Oyanedel-Craver

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Rhode Island

Research topic: Heavy metal removal by organoclays; utilization of a reverse osmosis process for the treatment of runoff storm-water from VDOT salt storage facilities.

B.S. Biochemical Engineering, Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile, 1998

M.S. Biochemical Engineering, Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile, 2001

M.S. thesis: Nitrification in circulating bed reactors

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2002

Dissertation topic: Development of high capacity biological hybrid reactors for wastewater treatment.

Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2004-2007.


Dr. James J. Deitsch

GeoSynec Consultants

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1992

M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 1994

Thesis topic: Effect of surfactants on the desorption of carbon tetrachloride from soil to water

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 1998

Dissertation topic: Analysis of rate-limited sorption and desorption of nonionic organic compounds in both aqueous and surfactant solutions: Mechanistic considerations


Andrea F. Durso

Environmental Engineer

U.S. Air Force

B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 1999

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 1999

Thesis topic: Transport of colloidal activated carbon through porous media


Dr. G. Michael Fitch

Associate Principal Research Scientist

Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research

B.S. Biology, James Madison University, 1987

M.S. Environmental Science, University of Virginia, 1991

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2012

Dissertation topic: Management of storm-water runoff from road-salt storage facilities


Dr. Megan Fuller (co-advised with S. Burns, Georgia Tech)

Assistant Professor

Community College of Philadelphia

B.S. Geological Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2001

M.S. Geological Sciences, Brown University, 2003

Research topic: Compound-specific stable isotope characterization of extraterrestrial organic compounds found on carbonaceous chondrites, specifically hydrogen-deuterium fractionation in dicarboxylic acids. 

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2008.

Dissertation Topic: Sorption behavior of various nonionic organic contaminants to organo-bentonites that contain small-chain alkyl ammonium cations.


Adina Galan

Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

University of Virginia

B.S. Geological and Geophysical Engineering, University of Bucharest, 1989

M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 1994

Thesis topic: Organic solute sorption to dual-cation organo-bentonites from water


Shuang Huang

B.S. Chemical Enginnering, Nanjing Forest University (P.R.China), 1995

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 1998.

Thesis topic: Analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in urban runoff. 


Erin Kallman

Environmental Engineer, ERM

B.S. Chemistry, University of Virginia, 2006

M.E. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2009


Whitney Katchmark

Engineer

Naval Engineering Command, Norfolk, VA

B.S. Engineering and Environmental Science, University of Notre Dame, 1995

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 1997

Thesis topic: Effect of atmospheric pressure fluctuations on trichloroethylene vapor transport in the unsaturated zone


Dr. Jun Li

Environmental Engineer

Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc.

Los Alamos, NM

B.S. Environmental Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 1993

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 1995

Thesis topic: Organobentonites as components of landfill liners to reduce the transport of non-aqueous phase organic liquids

M.S. Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1997

Thesis topic: Probability Assessment of Contaminated Sediment Transport

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002


R. Jason Lorenzetti

Environmental Engineer

Malcolm Pirnie, Newport News, VA

B.S. Civil Engineering, Lehigh University, 2001

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2003

Thesis topic: Testing and evaluation of geosynthetic clay liners containing organobentonites


Dr. Jonathan Mellor

Research Associate, Yale University

B.S. Physics, University of Virginia

M.S. Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech

Ph.D. University of Virginia, 2013

Dissertation Topic: Modeling the Complexities of Water, Hygiene and Health in Limpopo, South Africa


Dr. Karthik Narayanaswamy (co-advised with R. Ford and E. Fernandez)

URS Corporation

Morrisville, North Carolina

B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 1998

M.S. Civil Engineering, Arizona State University, 2003

Thesis topic: Investigation of soluble microbial product formation using fluorescence spectroscopy 

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2008.

Dissertation Topic: Bacterial transport by chemotaxis and motility in porous media


Suzanne Moore Nguyen

B.S. Environmental Geology, College of William and Mary, 2000

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2007

Thesis topic: Mechanisms of heavy metal uptake by plants


Dr. Mira S. Olson

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

Drexel University

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 1998

B.A. Environmental Engineering, Rice University, 1998

M.E. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 2000.

Research topic: Effects of moisture content and porous-media heterogeneities on the air permeability of unsaturated-zone soil.

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2004.

Dissertation Topic: Transport of chemotactic bacteria through porous media.


Dr. Karl J. Ottmar (co-advised with Lisa Colosi)

Civil Engineer, U.S. Army

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1998

M.S. Engineering, University of Alaska -- Anchorage, 2002

M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Missouri -- Rolla, 2003

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2011

Dissertation topic: Occurrence, fate, and transport of pharmaceuticals in water and wastewater


Dr. Sheree Pagsuyoin

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2011 (W. Lung & L. Colosi, advisors)

Postdoctoral Research Topic: An agent-based model of early childhood diarrhea in Limpopo Province, South Africa


Robin Patton

B.S. Geography, Marshall University, 1982

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 1997

Thesis topic: Sorption and transport of gasoline hydrocarbons in organobentonite porous media


Kunal Poorey

B.Tech. Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2004

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2007

Thesis topic: The study of natural coagulants for low-cost-water treatment


Dr. Dipak Sahoo

B.T. Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 1985

M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 1986

Thesis topic: A mathematical model for heavy metal waste load allocation

Engineer's Degree, Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990

Thesis topic: Hydraulic model studies of saltwater purging in tunneled outfalls

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 1997

Dissertation topic: Effect of surfactant and pH changes on desorption of trichloroethene from a contaminated aquifer soil

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 1997

Research topic: Development and testing of SUTRA-KS: A two-dimensional ground-water flow and solute transport model that accounts for rate-limited (kinetic) sorption.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Geology, University of Illinois, 1997-99.


Dr. Juli L. Sherwood

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Washington State University, 1991

Process Engineer, CH2M Hill, Inc., 1991-1993

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Washington State University, 1995

Thesis topic: Effects of nitrate and acetate availability on chloroform production during carbon tetrachloride transformation

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Washington State University, 1998

Dissertation topic: Biodegradation of 1,1,1-trichloroethane by a carbon tetrachloride-degrading denitrifying consortium

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Multiphase Environmental Research, Washington State University, 1998

Research topic: Remobilization rates of lead and uranium precipitated onto mineral sediments by sulfate reducing bacteria

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Program for Interdisciplinary Research in Contaminant Hydrogeology, University of Virginia, 1999-2001

Research topic: MRI analysis of bacterial random motility (with Roseanne Ford and Erik Fernandez)


Heather M. (McLellan) Swartz

Exxon Mobil

B.S. Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, 1994

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 1996

Thesis topic: Transport of a Nonionic Surfactant in a Sand-and-Gravel Aquifer, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ


Dr. Fred D Tillman

Research Hydrologist

U.S. Geological Survey

Tucson, Arizona

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Florida State University, 1990

M.E. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 1998

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2003.

Dissertation topic: Design and testing of a vertical flux chamber to quantify organic vapor transport from the unsaturated zone to the atmosphere.

Research Associate, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Athens, GA, 2003-2005


Amy Tisdale

Co-owner, Red Wagon Organic Farm, Longmont, CO

B.A. Environmental Science, University of Virginia, 1993

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 1995

Thesis topic: Quantification of Vapor Phase Fluxes of Trichloroethene in the Unsaturated Zone at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey


Timothy Wenk

Environmental Engineer

CH2MHill, Fairfax, VA

B.S. Civil Engineering, Unvirsity of Virginia, 2001

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2003

Thesis topic: Phytoremediation of MTBE in ground water



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