Graduate Students

Back Row (L-R)  Lauren Bergman, Daniel Gingerich, Duygu Altintas, Sara Schwetschenau, Eric McGivney

Front Row (L-R) Sandra Karcher, Chelsea Kolb, Kelly Good, Lauren Cook, Adam Cadwallader

 

Current Doctoral Students

  1. Sara Schwetschenau “Benefits and Challenges of Distributed Drinking Water Treatment Systems,” expected completion May 2019. Co-advised by Jared Cohon (CEE/EPP). Supported by College of Engineering and NSF IGERT and CMU’s Metro21.
  2. Duygu Altintas “Monongahela River water quality biological baseline,” expected completion December 2019. Co-advised with Mitchell Small and Costa Samaras (CEE/EPP). Supported by CMU’s Metro21.  Currently on leave at the Ethos Collaborative in Pittsburgh PA.

Former Doctoral Students

  1. Kelly D. Good “Coal-fired power plant wastewater contributions to bromide concentrations in drinking water sources,”  December 2018. Supported by NSF IGERT and NSF GRF.  Siebel Scholar 2018-2019.
  2. Lauren Cook “Using climate change projections to increase the resilience of stormwater infrastructure designs under uncertainty,” December 2018. Co-advised with Costa Samaras (CEE). Supported by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and NSF.  Currently a post-doctoral researcher at EAWAG.
  3. Chelsea Kolb “Drinking water quality and risk challenges from increasing source water bromide: effects of climate and energy changes,” August 2018. Co-advised with Costa Samaras (CEE) and Matteo Pozzi (CEE). Supported by College of Engineering and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the PA Water Resources Research Project (USGS 104B). Fullbright Scholar in Costa Rica for 2017.  Currently with Rand Corporation.
  4. Adam Cadwallader “Impacts of Bromide and Nitrogen Wastewater Discharges on Downstream Drinking Water Treatment Plant Disinfection Byproducts,” May 2018.Supported by NSF IGERT, the Colcom Foundation, and the Heinz Endowments. Currently at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water. Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water, Division of Standards and Risk Management.
  5. Eric McGivney “Understanding the Relationship Between Nanoparticles and Bacterial Group Behavior: Autolysis and Quorum Sensing,” December 2017. Co-advised with Kelvin Gregory (CEE). Supported by NSF IGERT and Bertucci fellowship. Currently a post-doctoral researcher at Stockholm University.Lauren (Strahs) Bergman “Predicting Water Treatment Challenges From Source Water Natural Organic Matter Characterization,” August 2016. Co-advised by Kim Jones (Howard University). Supported by NSF IGERT and PITA and the Colcom Foundation. Currently at Tighe and Bond Consultants, Boston MA.
  6. Lauren (Strahs) Bergman “Predicting Water Treatment Challenges From Source Water Natural Organic Matter Characterization,” August 2016. Co-advised by Kim Jones (Howard University). Supported by NSF IGERT and PITA and the Colcom Foundation. Currently at Tighe and Bond Consultants, Boston MA.
  7. Yuxin Wang “Changing source water characteristics in large rivers and brominated DBP formation,” December 2014. Supported by Dean’s Fellowship, Steinbrenner Fellowship, and the Colcom Foundation. Currently a post-doctoral researcher at Cornell University.
  8. Mohan Jiang, “Integrating Water Use and Water Quality into Environmental Life Cycle Assessment: Limitations and Advancements Derived from Applications,” December 2013.  Co-advised with Chris Hendrickson (CEE). Supported by Dean’s Fellowship and Department award.
  9. Jessica Wilson, “Challenges for Drinking Water Plants from Energy Extraction Activities,” May 2013.  Supported by Dean’s Fellowship, SEER Fellowship, and the Colcom Foundation. Currently an assistant professor at Manhattan College. 2nd Place 2014 Academic Achievement Award for Doctoral Dissertation from the American Water Works Association.
  10. Yan Xu, “Microbial-catalyzed reductive dechlorination of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) in Hudson and Grasse River Sediment – shifts of microorganisms, PCB tracker pairs and geochemical properties,” December 2011. Co-advised with Kelvin Gregory (CEE). Supported by DOD SERDP.  Currently an assistant professor at Southeast University, Nanjing, China.
  11. Amanda Hughes, “Decision support for PCB remediation in sediments,” December 2010. Co-advised with Mitch Small (CEE/EPP). Supported by DOD SERDP.  Currently with Geosyntec. Chicago, IL.
  12. Royce Francis, “Disinfection by-products in drinking water,” August 2009. Supported by National Science Foundation Fellowship. Co-advised with Mitch Small (CEE/EPP). Currently an associate professor at George Washington University.
  13. Stacia Thompson, “Decision support for drinking water distribution system sensors,” December 2008. Co-advised with Mitchell Small (CEE/EPP) and Paul Fischbeck (EPP/SDS). Supported by Department of Homeland Security Fellowship. Currently with UNESCO Engineering Initiative, Paris, France.
  14. Shannon Isovitsch-Parks, “Sensor networks for water distribution system modeling and security,” August 2008. Supported by the National Science Foundation. Formerly with with Alcoa, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA. Currently at University of Pittsburgh.
  15. Damian Helbling, “Biosensors for the detection of pathogens in drinking water systems,” May 2008. Co-advised with Mitchell Small (CEE/EPP).  Supported by the National Science Foundation. Currently an Assistant Professor at Cornell University.
  16. Mary Schoen, “Volunteer data collection in watersheds: implications for TMDLs,” May 2008. Supported by Three Rivers Wet Weather, Inc. Co-advised with Mitch Small (CEE/EPP). Currently with Soller Environmental, Inc.
  17. Christine Wang, “Application of molecular biology to identify and enumerate microorganisms involved in PCB biodegradation,” August 2006. Co-advised with Edwin Minkley (Biological Sciences) and William Brown (Biological Sciences). Supported by the Packard Foundation. Currently with ScinoPharm, Shan-Hua, Tainan, Taiwan.
  18. Jinghua Xiao, “Thermodynamics of Yield Prediction,” August 2006. Supported by the National Science Foundation. Currently with American Water, Philadelphia, PA.
  19. Maria Escoriza, “Detection waterborne pathogens using raman chemical imaging and spectroscopy,” May 2006. Co-advised with David Dzombak (CEE). Supported by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA).  Currently with Occidental Petroleum Argentina.
  20. Sandra Karcher, “Statistical analysis of PCB biodegradation through intermediates,” May 2005. Co-advised with Mitchell Small (CEE/EPP) Supported by the Packard Foundation.  Currently at the University of Pittsburgh.
  21. Zhiwen Yuan, “The role of oxygenation and intermediate formation in the biodegradation of chelating agents,” May 2004. Supported by the National Science Foundation. Currently a Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, China.

 

 

 

Back Row (L to R) Daniel, Eric, Duygu, Adam        Front Row (L to R) Yuxin, Kelly, Lauren

Back Row (L-R): Nur, Yuxin, Jessica, Lauren, Mohan; Front Row (L-R): Sandra, Jeanne, Yijue

Back Row (L-R): Royce, Youngseob, Ron, Damian; Front Row (L-R): Amanda M., Yan, Shannon, Jeanne, Stacia, Mary, Amanda H.