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Nancy Love Nancy Love
Borchardt and Glysson Collegiate Professor
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: My research focuses on environmental biotechnology and water quality with an emphasis on engineered treatment systems. My specific interests focus on the fate of stressor chemicals in these systems, the use of technologies to sense and remove these chemicals, nutrient removal and recovery, and on overall resource recovery from wastewater. I have an evolving interest in decentralization and urban water systems in developed and developing countries.

 

Post-Doctoral Researchers

William Tarpeh William Tarpeh
Research Interests: Urine separation, resource recovery, global sanitation, pharmaceutical fate.

 

Ph.D. Students

Hollie Adejumo Hollie Adejumo
Ph.D. Pre-Candidate
Environmental Engineering
Research Project: Hollie aims to isolate and quantify the bacterium L. pneumophila from various households in Flint, Ecorse, and Genesee County, Michigan to better understand the distribution and risk factors of Legionnaire’s disease.
Zerihun Alemayehu Zerihun Alemayehu
Ph.D. Candidate
Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Biological nutrient removal, wastewater treatment process modeling.
Avery Carlson Avery Carlson
Ph.D. Pre-Candidate
Environmental Engineering
Research Project: Avery’s work revolves around identifying underlying factors causing dispersed bacterial growth and membrane fouling at a regional wastewater plant, and establishing a framework for finding a long-term solution.
Jeseth Delgado-Vela Jeseth Delgado-Vela
Ph.D. Candidate
Environmental Engineering
Research Project: Jeseth’s research focuses on achieving low-energy nitrogen removal through the application of a membrane aerated biofilm reactor. She is applying modeling and biomolecular approaches to evaluate the impact of sulfide on nitrogen removal in this system.
Heather Goetsch Heather Goetsch
Ph.D. Candidate
Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Fate of pharmaceuticals, nutrient recovery in source separated urine, engineering and science education.
Andrea McFarland Andrea McFarland
Ph.D. Candidate
Environmental Engineering
Research Project: Andrea is studying the impacts of land use and green infrastructure on the interaction between zinc and antibiotic resistance pollution in stormwater.
Sara Troutman Sara Troutman
Ph.D. Candidate
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Project: Sara’s research focuses on applying modeling and control approaches to achieve system-wide objectives for a combined sewer and wastewater system. This includes developing a data-driven modeling toolchain to predict wet-weather impacts on sewer dynamics and simulating coordinated control decisions to operate distributed sewer assets, like pump stations and storage basins.
Brett Wagner Brett Wagner
Ph.D. Pre-Candidate
Environmental Engineering
Research Project: Brett is in the startup phase for a lab-scale membrane aerated biofilm reactor that utilizes a partial nitritation/anammox biofilm.
Chia-Chen Wu Chia-Chen Wu
Ph.D. Candidate
Environmental Engineering
Research Project: Chia-Chen’s work deals with bacterial colonization of point-of-use drinking water filters. Her project is to identify how the opportunistic pathogens from tap water would be removed by or enriched in PoU filters, and to assess the associated risk due to opportunistic pathogens and antibiotic resistance.

 

Master’s Students

Enrique Rodriguez Enrique Rodriguez
M.S.E. Student
Environmental Engineering
Research Project: Enrique’s research involves evaluating nutrient stabilization, pathogen inactivation, and pharmaceutical degradation in source-separated urine treated with plasma oxidation.
Zheyi Tian Zheyi Tian
M.S.E. Student
Environmental Engineering
Research Project: Zheyi’s research involves the modeling of biological phosphorus removal, including wastewater characterization, historical data analysis by R, and model building in SUMO.
Jin Yan Jin Yan
M.S.E. Student
Environmental Engineering
Research Project: Jin’s research focuses on biological and chemical phosphorous removal evaluation in the Detroit Wastewater Resource Recovery Plant, including wastewater characterization, historical data analysis via R, and modeling with SUMO.
Cheng Yang Cheng Yang
M.S.E. Student
Environmental Engineering
Research Project: Cheng’s research focuses on biological and chemical phosphorous removal evaluation in the Detroit Wastewater Resource Recovery Plant, achieved by wastewater characterization, historical data regression, and model simulation with SUMO.

 

Research Associates

Nick Lowe Nick Lowe
Research Project: Nick is working on the INFEWS (Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems) project, handling further construction and maintenance of the GG Brown urine diversion system, as well as nutrient analysis in the lab. He is also continuing work on the point of use filter study, testing the effectiveness of an automatic flushing device on water quality and the lifespan of the filter itself.

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Yan Du Yan Du
Junior in Environmental Engineering
Brady Nishimiya Brady Nishimiya
Junior in Chemical Engineering
Dylan Raye-Leonard Dylan Raye-Leonard
Senior in Environmental Engineering
Alexi Sinanaj Alexi Sinanaj
Junior in Chemical Engineering

 

Former Members