Environmental Engineering

  • Vanderbilt University

    DOE official and Engineering alumna designing nuclear cleanup curriculum

    A holding tank for contaminated salt wastes at DOE’s Savannah River Site in South Carolina. DOE and its contractors have agreed to treat 36 million gallons of high level liquid wast by 2022. A legacy that dates to the Manhattan Project left 107 U.S. sites where energy research and weapons… Read More

    Nov. 14, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Ph.D. student publishes illustrated children’s book to explain water quality issues in Bangladesh

    Chelsea Peters poses with students in Bangladesh who received free copies of her book. (Submitted photo/Chelsea Peters) Farzana is a fictional little girl from the mind of environmental engineering Ph.D. student Chelsea Peters, but there are thousands of real children like her in Bangladesh, walking for miles to find clean… Read More

    Oct. 26, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Measuring drought impact in more than dollars and cents

    (iStock) The standard way to measure the impact of drought is by its economic effect. Last year, for example, the severity California’s four-year drought was broadly characterized by an estimate that it would cost the state’s economy $2.7 billion and 21,000 jobs. However, there are many experts… Read More

    Apr. 14, 2016

  • Vanderbilt University

    Vanderbilt team gets context, closer look for Sterling Ranch sustainability projects

    A team of 30 Vanderbilt University students and professors from across the disciplines spent a series of information-packed, 14-hour days in suburban Denver to understand better how their work will lead to smart, sustainable cities. They returned from that winter break trip with the context of research already underway –… Read More

    Jan. 22, 2016

  • Vanderbilt University

    Fourth environmental engineering professor is certified by U.S. academy

    Mark Abkowitz is the fourth Vanderbilt environmental engineering faculty member in three years to be accepted into the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists as a board certified environmental engineering member. Abkowitz Abkowitz, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, professor of engineering management, and director of the… Read More

    Sep. 29, 2015

  • Vanderbilt University

    VU’s more specific drought-measuring tool could help shape policy

    (Photo courtesy NOAA) A more specific drought-measuring formula created by a group of Vanderbilt University environmental engineers could have implications for emergency planning, federal relief payouts and drought mitigation efforts. With California’s record drought sending the state and farmers to the bargaining table over water,… Read More

    May. 26, 2015

  • Vanderbilt University

    Environmental engineer visits home to help rice farmers overcome drought

    Thushara Gunda, second from left, performing water tests in Sri Lanka. (Submitted photo) Thushara Gunda’s palm and fingertips remain bronzed with the stain of henna – applied the traditional Indian way and made to last for weeks. It’s a whimsical souvenir from a trip home. But her… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2015

  • Vanderbilt University

    Kosson receives U.S. academy’s environmental engineering certification

    David Kosson is the fourth Vanderbilt environmental engineering faculty member in three years to be accepted into the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists as a board certified environmental engineering member. He joins Eugene LeBoeuf, professor of civil engineering, who was accepted in December 2013;… Read More

    Feb. 9, 2015

  • Vanderbilt University

    Engineering announces appointment of two new faculty members

    The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering announces the appointment of two new faculty members to its full-time teaching staff. They are Karl E. Zelik and Shihong Lin. Lin will join the faculty in January 2015. Zelik Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Karl Zelik focuses his research on biomechanics of locomotion. Read More

    Aug. 29, 2014

  • Vanderbilt University

    Graduate student wins $150,000 DOE fellowship and top prize in fuel cycle research competition

    Timothy Ault, a doctoral student in environmental engineering, has won a three-year $150,000 fellowship from the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy to support his studies at Vanderbilt. This is a multi-year agreement that will be the funding vehicle for this and any future Nuclear Energy Scholarship or Fellowship… Read More

    Aug. 1, 2014