Current Ph.D. Students
B.S., Environmental Engineering, Oregon State University, 2015
M.S., Water Science and Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, 2018
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 2022
Research Interests: I am interested in improving environmental water quality by utilizing microbiological processes in wastewater treatment plants to reduce anthropogenic emissions. My research aims to advance the understanding of micropollutant biotransformations performed by wastewater microbial communities for the development of more cost-effective and energy-efficient wastewater treatment strategies. I am especially interested in the interactions of wastewater microorganisms with their environment at a metabolic level and how they are linked to operational parameters in wastewater treatment plants.
Email: slr257 [AT] cornell [DOT] edu
Research Interests: I am broadly interested in environmental contaminant management and remediation- specifically of anthropogenic contaminants in natural water systems. My research will focus on using machine learning tools to develop unique chemical signatures that can be used to identify the source and possible environmental transformations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) at various contamination sites. This will allow for rapid identification and differentiation of PFAS sources and possible resulting transformation compounds allowing for more informed remediation decisions for a specific site.
Email: ntj5 [AT] cornell [DOT] edu
M.S. Thesis Title: Tunable β-cyclodextrin polymers, anion exchange resins, and activated carbon for the removal of perfluoroalkyl acids from simulated groundwater.
Research Interests: I am interested in understanding the fate, transport, and transformation of organic contaminants in the wastewater treatment process to improve water quality. I especially want to study the effectiveness and kinetics of different adsorbents for organic contaminants in wastewater treatment.
Email: jw2653 [AT] cornell [DOT] edu
B.S., Chemical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2021
M.S., Environmental Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2023
Research Interests: I am interested in the characterization and remediation of contaminants of emerging concern, particularly per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), in water systems. My research will examine the fate and transport of fluorinated polymers used during industrial processing in an attempt to establish a link between certain industrial applications of fluorinated polymers with the detection of non-polymeric PFASs in industrial wastewater. This will create a better understanding of the sources of PFASs in industrial manufacturing wastewater and motivate the development of sustainable practices for the management and treatment of industrial wastewater.
Email: rm966 [AT] cornell [DOT] edu