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Environmental Engineering

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Research Focus


I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Marquette University. I graduated from the Environmental Engineering program at Arizona State University (B.S. – 2004, M.S. – 2006, Ph.D. – 2008), where I taught from 2008 – 2012. I moved from Arizona to Wisconsin in 2012 to join the Marquette community. I am very interested in pursuing a balance of teaching and research related to water quality and treatment, and what better place to do this than on the shore of Lake Michigan here at Marquette!

I specialize in research focusing on designing and assessing more sustainable water and wastewater treatment technologies. I am particularly interested in nutrient removal and recovery strategies, advanced oxidation techniques, and environmental microbiology for the detection and mitigation of pathogens in drinking water.

Our current efforts are focused on:

1. Nutrient removal and recovery in water and wastewater streams

2. Detection and quantification of infectious waterborne viruses

3. Removal and disinfection of emerging microbial pathogens

4. Reduction and disinfection byproduct formation

5. Advanced oxidation targeting organic contaminant distruction