DirectorDr. Thanos Papanicolaou
Professor and Henry Goodrich Chair of Excellence in Civil & Env. Engineering
Chief Editor, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE
412 John D. Tickle Building
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-2313
Phone: (865) 974-7836; Fax: (865) 974-2669
Dr. Christopher G. Wilson
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
851 Neyland Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2313
Phone: (865) 974-7724; Fax: (865) 974-2669
Business Manager, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
325B John D. Tickle Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-2313
Phone: (865) 974-7727; Fax: (865) 974-2669
Dr. Joseph Amoah is the group lecturer teaching several undergraduate courses in water resources and environmental engineering. His past research involved looking at green water infrastructure in both environmental regulatory agencies and private consulting as a licensed engineer.
Dr. Kim Carter is an Assistant Professor and her research interests include characterizing organic compounds in produced waters and investigating the fate of hydraulic fracturing fluid chemicals in both the subsurface and in the environment. Other interests areelectrochemical treatment of water containing recalcitrant organic constituents, persulfate degradation of organic constituents, characterization of organic compounds in produced waters, and advanced oxidation processes.
Dr. Chris Cox is Professor, the Department Head, and Director of ISSE. His research combines computational and experimental approaches to understand transcriptional and translational processes in biological cells and how these most basic life processes function across the domains of life. This work includes research for improving the conversion of cellulosic biomass to biofuels through better industrial fitness and knowledge of how key enzymes are regulated, as well as for understanding how microbial diversity in water and wastewater systems changes over time, thereby affecting process performance.
Dr. Joshua S. Fu is an Inaugural Professor of the UT-ORNL Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education Energy Science and Engineering Ph.D. Program. His research focuses on climatic change, air pollution modeling, air quality impact assessments, the impacts of extreme events on health, the impacts of transportation planning and energy usages on air quality, land use (satellite applications) and emissions, diesel track emission effects, and energy optimization planning.
Dr. Jon Hathaway, an Assistant Professor, studies the fate, transport, and removal of indicator bacteria in urban stormwater runoff. Dr. Hathaway's research team focuses on sustainable urban water, the interaction of stormwater runoff, urban sustainability, and natural systems. Specific focus areas include urban pollutant fate and transport, green infrastructure, coupled human and natural systems, and stormwater runoff effects on human and ecological health.
Dr. Terry Hazen is a Governor’s Chair Professor and has his primary research emphasis in the basic and applied field microbial ecology, especially as it relates to bioremediation, biofuels, enhanced oil recovery (fracking), and water quality. The overarching vision of his work is to understand the fundamental concepts of systems biology and environmental stress response pathways from the molecular to the ecosystem level to improve our knowledge of biogeochemistry.
Dr. Qiang He is an Associate Professor interested in developing sustainable solutions to environmental and energy challenges, particularly biological processes for water/waste treatment and energy production. He uses molecular and genomics tools to study microbial processes in both engineered and natural systems to discover and understand the interactions between microorganisms and the environment for the development of innovative and effective engineering processes.
Dr. Frank Loeffler is a Governor’s Chair Professor and has his research centered on discovering and exploiting microbial processes to counter damages done to the environment by human activities. He examines how naturally occurring bacteria eliminate or reduce the risk associated with common pollutants including chlorinated solvents, radioactive wastes and greenhouse gases. The application of innovative monitoring tools informs about ecosystem functions, and desirable ecosystem services can be restored. Further, new catalysts are being discovered with potential applications in green chemistry, bioconversion and bioenergy.
Dr. John Schwartz, Associate Professor, has diverse research interest including stream restoration, watershed hydrology and sediment modeling, river mechanics, bridge scour, ecological engineering, and ecohydraulics. Research focuses on understanding and predicting how human activities on the landscape impact water quality, physical adjustment processes in channels, and stream biological communities. He is particularly interested in conducting research at the interface between engineering and ecology disciplines, improving how ecological data can be incorporated into the engineering design process for the rehabilitation of degraded "natural" systems.
Dr. Christopher G. Wilson, Assistant Research Professor focuses on differentiating sediment sources and quantifying infilling rates in coastal wetlands and estuaries using state-of-the-art fingerprinting techniques, which included naturally-occurring radionuclides. His research integrates geology, hydrology, biology, and environmental science & engineering within watersheds. with the emphasis being on field work. The nature of his research is field-based focusing on the following research areas: sediment source partitioning, isotopic tracers, bank erosion, conservation practices, runoff & infiltration, and soil organic carbon biogeochemistry. He is part of the IML-CZO team with Dr. Papanicolaou.
Dr. Joanna Curran’s research interests are in the areas of water resources engineering and applied river engineering. Her research interests include stormwater management practices for low impact development, river restoration, dam removal, in-stream and flushing flows, and techniques to reduce scour around bridge piers. She is particularly interested in finding the physical rules and processes that affect river function, river morphology, and watershed function.
Dr. Mohamed Elhakeem is an Associate Professor and his research interests focus on modeling hydrologic, geomorphologic and ecologic processes in riverine, lakes, watershed and estuarine environments. His research interests include field studies of surface runoff, infiltration, and erosion processes on the hillslope considering different soil aggregate attributes, landforms, and management practices. It is based on the development of a scientifically-based approach that integrates the water resources and environmental engineering discipline with other related disciplines and new emerging tools such as sensor and remote sensing technologies in order to address the spatial and temporal issues in watersheds and water systems.
Dr. Liem Tran, Associate Professor, is an environmental geographer and GIS/geospatial analyst. His primary research interests include integrated regional vulnerability assessment, the use of artificial intelligence (e.g., fuzzy set theory, neural network, and cellular automata) in geographic analysis and modeling. He has been in the core team of the U.S. EPA’s Regional Vulnerability Assessment (ReVA) program since 2000. He has developed various integration techniques, distance measures for ReVA.
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