Civil, Construction, & Environmental Engineering
San Diego State University
As global demands on fresh water resources escalate, there are mounting pressures on natural systems and increasing needs to find sustainable solutions to address global water and sanitation challenges. My research investigates degradation of organic contaminants in water reuse systems and uses optical spectroscopic techniques for rapid tracking of contaminants in these engineered systems. In natural systems, my research has delved into the biogeochemical processes that influence mobility of toxic trace elements, such as arsenic, and the transformation and natural degradation processes for aquatic organic contaminants. An important part of that is advancing our understanding of how natural organic matter (NOM) interacts with solutes, sediments, and microorganisms to influence water quality in pristine and polluted environments.
Water, sanitation, and sustainability
Surface and ground water quality
NOM-microbe-trace element interactions
Atmospheric deposition and bioaerosols
PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado
MS in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado
BS in Civil Engineering, University of South Florida
BA in Art, University of South Florida
November 2016. SDSU IRES students Scolavino and Palacios present their research at the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) held at UC Riverside. They are joined by Okamoto and O'hara from Cal Poly Pomona.
November 2016. Xie et al. paper "Water soluble organic aerosols in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, USA: composition, sources and optical properties" accepted for publication in Scientific Reports.
October 2016. Oyawoya et al. paper "Using duckweed for nutrient recovery and as a polishing step for DEWATS effluents" accepted for Dresden Nexus Conference.
June 2016. Kulkarni et al. paper published on arsenic mobilization in Holocene and Pleistocene aquifers of West Bengal.
May 2016. Joseph Wasswa selected as the recipient of one of the ASCE YMF 2016 Student Scholarships for work on membranes for water reuse!! ($1000)
April 2016. Madeleine McConnell awarded SDSU's summer undergraduate research fellowship to conduct research on oil degradation.
April 2016. Estefania Palacios, Jesse Scolavino, and Daniel Parsons (SDSU) and Jaclyn O'Hara and Rianne Okamoto (CPP) selected for the NSF IRES 2016 research experience on Sustainable Sanitation in Durban, South Africa.
March 2016. Wasswa, Gregory, Nour, Bigelow and Campbell present research at SDSU Student Research Symposium. Gregory wins Women in Engineering Award for her presentation entitled, "Quantifying Plastic Debris Entering Wastewater Treatment Centers".